Buying a relocatable or transportable house? Read this first
September 17, 2013
Two options for moving a house onto your section:
- Choose an existing home (second hand)
- Choose a new transportable home
BUT WHICH IS BETTER? AND WHY?
Follow our handy guide below to see what’s best for you.
RELOCATING AN EXISTING HOME – PRO’S/POSITIVES
If having a character home is important to you, then buying a second hand home is a great option.
Why? Because the cost to recreate features like varandas, wooden window joinery and timber flooring are normally too high if you are building new.
Because a second hand home is already built, it’s often quicker to transport it and place it on your section (much quicker than building a new home)
RELOCATING AN EXISTING HOME – CON’S/NEGATIVES
Building codes have changed over the years.
If you’re shifting an existing home, it will need to meet today’s standards.
Check things like:
- Electrical wiring (any rubber coated wiring will need to be replaced)
- Insulation (some older homes have no insulation, this is no longer acceptable)
- Foundations (there are new standards for bearer and floor joist spacings)
Think about how many years you’d like to get out of the home.
Check things like:
- The roof (most roofs have a life time of around 25 years)
- The plumbing (you might wish to replace this if the house is old)
- The standard of the house overall (which parts will need to be renovated or replaced?)
The cost of renovation.
As a rough guide, the purchase price of a second hand home is normally 1/3 of the total project cost (where project cost includes building consent, transport cost, site-works and renovations)
BUILDING A NEW TRANSPORTABLE HOME – PRO’S/POSITIVES
New homes are obviously built from scratch, so there is more certainty around what you’ll get for your money, and how long it will last.
Building a new transportable can help avoid surprises (in terms of repairs and maintenance) in the earlier years of it’s life.
BUILDING A NEW TRANSPORTABLE HOME – CON’S/NEGATIVES
The problem with building a new transportable home is that it can be hard to visualise what the finished building will look like (especially if you’ve only seen the plans).
If you’re going new, you’ll need to be good at visualising the outcome, or the builder may have a show home which will help you to picture the final result.
Building a new house takes longer than relocating an existing dwelling.
Allow at least 8 weeks for the construction of your new home. Once complete, it can be transported to your section.
At the end of the day, you’ll need to weigh-up what’s important to you and make the call between new and second hand.
Do your own research, understand the costs and decide for yourself.
Note: if you haven’t seen it already, check out our article “5 HIDDEN COSTS TO BE AWARE OF WHEN BUYING A TRANSPORTABLE HOME”
LIKE A HAND?
Give me (Wallace) a call on 07 572 0230 if you’d like to chat about your plans.