If you have a suitable piece of land, transporting a second-hand home onto your site can be a great idea.
You can see from the outset what the finished house will look like. And you won’t have to wait months for a new one to be built.
But there are several pitfalls you need to be aware of. And in some cases, building a new transportable home is a much better option.
Here are some important points to consider:
Transporting a home onto your section means it needs to fit onto the back of a truck. Larger homes (and character homes in particular), are not designed to be split in half.
The logistics of doing so can be costly, and you can potentially damage your new house before it has even arrived on site.
If you’re shifting an existing home, you will need to upgrade it to meet current building codes.
This may require you to:
- re-wire the house (old rubber coated electrical wiring is no longer acceptable)
- install insulation (many character homes have none – and trust us, you will want this come winter!)
- re-do the foundations (your bearer and floor joist spacings might not comply with current standards)
A second-hand home is likely to need some improvements to make it warm and comfortable to live in.
Check things like:
- The roof (most roofs have a life span of around 25 years)
- The paint (what condition is this in, and do you want to change the colour scheme?)
- The plumbing (you might wish to replace this if the house is old)
- The carpet and curtains (if the house has wooden floor boards you may want to install some carpet)
- The quality of bathroom & kitchen cabinetry and appliances
The purchase price
The cost of buying a second hand home is usually about 1/3 of the total budget you’ll need to relocate it onto your section. Building consents, transport costs, site-works and renovations can all add up.
Investigate your options
If you have a tight budget or just want a small home fast, buying a new transportable home might be a better way to go.
You’ll enjoy the benefits of having a finished home delivered on site, but can avoid the problems of buying an older, second-hand building.
To give you an idea of what’s involved, read our 2014 Transportable Home Buyers Guide.
Want to know more?
Please give me (Wallace) a ring on 07 572 0230 and let’s talk about what you need.