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5 hidden costs to be aware of when buying a transportable home

September 5, 2013

Are you looking to buy a transportable home?

If so, it pays to do your homework and find out what’s involved in terms of costs.

COSTS TO CONSIDER

  1. Consents
  2. Transport
  3. Site Works
  4. Landscaping
  5. Finishing Touches

Read on to learn more about the costs above and avoid any nasty surprises along the way.

Note: These costs may or may not be included when you buy a transportable home, so it always pays to check with the company you’re dealing with.

 


1. CONSENTS

Two consents need to be considered; a consent to build and a consent to site the house on your property.

  • If you’re building a new transportable home, your builder will need a building consent for its construction. This consent is from the local authority where the construction will occur (regardless of where the house ends up). At Ezyline Homes this consent is included in the price.
  • The other consent to be aware of is for siting/placing the house on your property. This consent needs to be obtained from the local authority where the building will be placed. The transport company you use will need to see this consent before they move your house.

2. TRANSPORT

The cost of actually transporting the house can make up a decent chunk of your overall budget.

  • Expect to pay between $10,000 and $15,000 for transporting your home, depending on location and distance.
  • This transport cost normally includes siting/placing the house onto piles when it arrives (this is kind of important!).
  • Most transport companies offer limited insurance cover when moving your home, but you may want to arrange extra transit insurance at your own expense.

Note: It’s often cheaper to use a transport company that’s based in the region you’re taking the house to (meaning the transport staff won’t need to book any accommodation).


3. SITE WORKS

These costs relate to getting your section ready for the dwelling.

  • If you have a sloping section you may want to level it off, so excavation work and retaining walls will need to be considered.
  • The connecting of utilities will need to be arranged by yourself.
  • Drainage will also need to be put in after the house arrives.

Note: If you’re living rurally, you’ll need to install a septic tank, water tank and pressure pump to get water into the house, and wastewater out.


4. LANDSCAPING

These costs help to connect your new building to the section around it

  • Make decks and steps a top priority to ensure easy access to your new home.
  • You’ll also need to organise lawns, plants and any other gardens for your site.
  • Paving, concreting and fencing also needs be considered, so don’t forget to set aside some money for these items.

5. FINISHING TOUCHES

Whilst they might seem insignificant, you’ll need to factor the things below into your budget (or check if they are included)

  • Think about carpet, fixed floor coverings, appliances, and curtains/drapes to help make the house a home.
  • A television aerial will come in handy, or you might like extra wiring (for SKY for example).
  • Think about what garaging or carport options you might need, plus any storage or utility sheds if applicable.
  • Hose taps are often fitted to the outside of transportable homes, but you’ll need to supply your own hose and hose reel to water your new garden.
  • You’re also likely to also want a letterbox and a clothes line.

AVOID UNEXPECTED COSTS

Use the info above to make a more informed decision when considering your options.

HAVE WE MISSED ANYTHING?

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ps –  if I can help at all, please give me (Wallace) a call on 07 572 0230.