FAQ

Answers to your Frequently Asked Questions!

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SHIFT A HOUSE?

 

To give you an idea about average shift costs, the general rule of thumb to shift a house within a 100km radius of where it is currently sited is, we say:

 

For a simple SINGLE PIECE SHIFT onto standard pile foundations allow up to $25k plus GST.  Add a further $7k plus GST for brick cladding (which has to be removed and a cladding re-instated once relocated).

 

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For a standard TWO PIECE SHIFT onto standard pile foundations allow $35k to $40k plus GST , plus a further $7k for brick cladding (to be removed and a cladding re-instated once relocated)

 

 

The above information is assuming that it is a relatively standard move with good access, level site, etc.

 

(Note: All houses come in different shapes and sizes so it is difficult to answer this question with 100% accuracy, but as an interim use the above figures).

 

The things to look out for that affect the cost of a house shift are:

  • HIGH ROOFS which have to be lowered and then reinstated, adding to the cost
  • THE SIZE OF THE HOUSE – this dictates the number of piles needed for the foundations i.e. extra concrete, timber, etc. required, which varies the cost
  • WIDE LOADS – if too wide, the house will need to be cut into 2 or 3 pieces, depending on its shape. This can also slow down the time it takes to transport the house to your site.
  • ACCESS TO YOUR SITE i.e. telecom poles, trees, fences, narrow driveways, etc. which can mean extra costs to clear the access (egress)
  • ADDITIONAL TIME SPENT POSITIONING THE HOUSE if your site is at an awkward angle and needs the house to be positioned to fit.
  • DISTANCE FOR THE HOUSE TO TRAVEL – this impacts the cost of the shift as houses can only be transported on the roads between certain hours. A house may take 2 or more nights to reach your site.

 

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HOW MUCH DOES A HOUSE RELOCATION PROJECT COST OVERALL?

 

You may save between 20% and 50% off a new build if you plan and budget well.

 

You will need to have a budget of around $100-$150k to relocate a house from start to finish (this EXCLUDES the actual price of the house).

 

Our New Buyer Information Pack has a great Budget Checklist for you to fill out. This will give you an idea of everything you need to price up for the entire project. Contractors will give you free no-obligation quotes for things like connecting to services (power and telecom, sewer or septic tank, water and stormwater).

 

Request your New Buyer Information Pack by ringing the office on 0800 572 3771 or by submitting your details via our Contact Us form HERE.

 

 

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR RELOCATING A HOUSE?

 

In our opinion, it is important to understand the process of relocating a house BEFORE you look for a house to buy.

 

Our New Buyer Information Pack comes with a Flow Chart which shows the Relocation Process from when you have secured a house to applying for Building Consent.

 

Request your New Buyer Information Pack by ringing the office on 0800 572 3771 or by submitting your details via our Contact Us form HERE.

 

 

HOW LONG DOES THE RELOCATION PROCESS TAKE?

 

There are many factors that come into play in the process, as every house is different and every site is different.

 

As a general rule, allow for the following:

  • 6-8 weeks is feasible for floor plans, site plans, foundation plans, Geotech reports and drainage plans. It is important to remember that every day is crucial at this stage of the process.
  • 2 weeks to prepare for your Building Consent (gathering everything on the Building Consent Checklist from your Council). We have a team that will help you with this.
  • 20 working days for the building consent process once you’ve submitted your forms to your Council. Find out more about the Consent Service we offer HERE – we have a team that can file your consents for you.

If you would like more information or to request a New Buyer Information Pack please ring the office on 0800 572 3771 or submit your details via our Contact Us form HERE.

 

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO ASK MY COUNCIL? WHERE DOES MY LOCAL COUNCIL FIT INTO THE PROCESS?

 

SELLING A HOUSE: If you are Selling your house for relocation, you may need to apply for a Demolition/ Removal Consent before the house can be removed from your section. Please check with your local Council.

 

BUYING A HOUSE: If you are Buying a house for relocation, you will need to apply for a Building Consent from the Local Council where your section is. Sometimes you may be required to apply for a Resource Consent. You may also be required to pay a Development Contribution Fee or a Building Impact Fee. We can help with your consent. Find out more about our Consent Services HERE.

 

Most Councils have good information on their websites about relocating 2nd hand dwellings. You will find the information in the Building and Planning sections.

 

The most important question we would say to ask your Local Council early on in your planning stage is whether your site needs a Geotech Report or not. A Geotech Report determines the site drainage and foundation requirements. Without this, your house move could be delayed and become quite costly should the house need to go into storage. Geotech engineers are usually busy and their time frame may be up to several weeks for availability, so always ask your Council about this as soon as you start doing your background research.

 

Our New Buyer Information Pack has a Council Checklist which lists the questions to ask your Council. We have devised this Checklist based on our many years of experience in the house relocation business. Every house is different and so is every site and sometimes things can come up that we have not covered, but we have pretty much seen it all and are well equipped to handle any issue that may present itself.

 

Or request a Site Audit Report and our Design Team will do this initial research for you for $500.00 + GST  or $525.00 + GST if you require a Certificate of Title.

 

Request your New Buyer Information Pack or Site Audit Report by ringing the office on 0800 572 3771 or by submitting your details via our Contact Us form HERE.

 

FIND AN EXTENSIVE LIST OF COUNCIL websites and links HERE. Please note that the links are correct at the time of writing this – we apologise in advance  if any no longer work!

Again, please also feel free to ask us about our Consent Service – we understand the consent process for relocatable houses better than most. Find out more about our Consent Service HERE.

 

 

WHAT IS A GEOTECH REPORT AND HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED ONE?

 

Your local council will be able to tell you if you need a Geotechnical Report or Soil Report. This is often a part of the Building Consent process.

 

A Geotech Report looks at the ground conditions of your site and checks what is underneath the surface. The soil may be unstable due to soft subsoil, or there may be boulders where you are wanting to dig your foundations, for example.

 

Your foundations are determined by the soil report. You don’t want to be caught out with unexpected costs when the foundations are dug at your site and you find that standard foundation piles won’t be suitable.

 

The Geotech Report process usually involves the drilling of boreholes or the digging of test pits with samples and testing carried out at the site. Sometimes other laboratory tests may also be carried out on the samples.

 

The finished Geotech Report then recommends the most appropriate foundations and any stabilising measures, that may be needed.

 

We have a detailed document about “Piles and Foundations” that you can request from our office.

 

 

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH ASBESTOS? HOW DO I KNOW IT’S IN THE HOUSE I’M SHIFTING?

 

There is no simple answer to this, as the only sure way to tell if asbestos is present is to take an actual sample and test it. Content can be quite variable.

 

Asbestos-containing building materials became popular among manufacturers and builders during the 1980’s through to the early 1990’s. These were, namely, fibrolite, vinyl products and textured ceilings. They were affordable and boasted good sound absorption, strength, plus resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage.

 

The best rule of thumb to follow is to assume that there is more than likely asbestos present if you have a house, or are looking at buying a house, built or altered before 1990.

 

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Asbestos-carrying materials in themselves are not harmful. The issue comes in when these materials are damaged, cut or removed and dust is created, which sometimes can’t be avoided when a house is shifted.

 

 

It’s this dust, with its small fibres, that poses a health risk when they are inhaled.  The nature of the fibres means they can get stuck in someone’s lungs, which can lead to difficulty breathing and, in severe cases, lung cancer.

 

So, first up, we’d say that if your house was built or added to in the 80’s and before 1990 it is highly recommended that you get a House Relocation Report done to identify the areas of asbestos on the house. It will cost you a little more, but we think the peace of mind for both buyers and sellers is worth more.

 

For a lot more information about Asbestos and relocating a house, please pop over to our BLOG “Asbestos – Safely Managed by Certified Removal Specialists”.

 

Get in touch with us on 0800 572 3771 if you have any further questions or submit your details via our Contact Us page HERE and we’ll get in touch with you.

 

 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SHIFT A HOUSE?

 

For most single piece shifts, it takes 2 – 3 days for the house to be lifted off the old site onto a truck, transported to its new site and then tied down at your section. You are able to start renovation work on your relocated house once services e.g. power, water, telecom, etc. have been connected and you (your builder) have ensured the house is compliant with the building consent requirements in order to get your CCC (Code of Compliance Certificate).

 

When your Building Consent is granted, you are able to confirm the shift date with the house mover and provide a copy of the foundation plan (we advise that you tentatively book in the shift date as soon as possible after purchasing your house).

 

Have a read of our BLOG: “What Happens When Your House Arrives on Your Section for a detailed explanation of how it works.

 

 

WHAT INSURANCE WILL I NEED WHEN RELOCATING A HOUSE?

 

Have a read of our Insurance Blog post HERE. It gives a ‘really easy to understand’ explanation of insuring a house for relocation.

 

The insurance brokers we work with have put in a lot of time to get the best policies together when relocating a house. Again, because of the variables involved, we are confident that they will have you covered!

 

Just fill out the FORM in the Insurance Section HERE to arrange a FREE QUOTE.

 

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY HOUSE NEEDS TO BE CRANED?

 

Access to your site determines whether your house will need to be craned or not. Here are some things to consider:

  • Is my driveway too narrow?
  • Is there a house on the site in front of mine? or on the front of my own site?
  • Are there trees that are not allowed to be cut down (i.e. protected, or that belong to neighbours)?
  • Is there good access to my site for the truck to load a house onto it?
  • Is there good manoeuvrability on my section for the truck and trailer?

If you are unsure please call us with your site address and we can put you in touch with a crane company – 0800 572 3771.

 

For more information about cranes and house relocation, have a read of our BLOG: “Cranes aren’t Scary”.

 

 

WHAT IF I HAVE A QUESTION THAT HAS NOT BEEN ANSWERED IN THE FAQ’s?

 

We welcome suggestions, so please send us any questions that you’d like to see up here. It may well be a question that someone else was wanting answered too!

 

Feel free to ring us on 0800 572 3771 if there is anything that we have not covered or submit your contact details HERE and we’ll get in touch.

 

We will be updating this page every now and then too, so be sure to pop back to see what’s new!

 

 

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