Frequently Asked Questions 

We’ve put together this page as a resource that covers frequently asked questions. Please feel free to contact us should you still have any questions.

Our #1 objective is to get more kiwi families into their own homes. Getting more families into homes means supporting first home buyers. We understand how hard it is to buy your first home, we’ve done and helped 100s of other young people to do the same.

Todays market is complicated, there are many hurdles to jump, but if you know what you are doing you can save a great amount of time and a lot of money.
When people think about relocation they often assume they will not be able to use their KiwiSaver or get a KiwiSaver Homestart grant. However, for many cases you are able to apply and get both approved.

Kainga Ora (previously Housing New Zealand) has a bit of advice on their website about components of the Homestart Grant you will be eligible for if relocating a house.

If you would like further advice or assistance with your finance requirements, or to find out what the next best step to take is, call us at the office on 0508 4 RELOCATE. We’re here to help.
Categories: Finance, Budgeting, Home Buyer, First Home Buyer, Relocation Project, Ready?, mortgage broker
A Site Audit Report is your starting point for any relocation project. It is a desktop analysis of your land with all the information you need. This desktop analysis will give you:
  • In-depth knowledge of Council requirements and fees for your project
  • Rules regarding relocated buildings for your area
  • Site specific information for your land such as boundaries, setbacks, services, building platform, covenants, wind and earthquake zones and more
  • Requirements for Geotechnical reports and other surveys or required inspections
  • A concise conclusion of findings and next steps if further investigations are recommended
Once you have this information you will know exactly what you can and can’t do on your land in terms of relocation. The best thing is, you can get this report done BEFORE you buy the land. This enables you to screen any land you are looking at buying to ensure you can achieve your goals and objectives.
The Relocatable House Co. is the ONLY house relocation company that can offer you this service. It gives you the unique opportunity to have a designer look at all the relevant information and give you recommendations of what kind of house would suit the assessed site.
Call us on 0508 4 RELOCATE if you would like to have a chat with the team
Categories: Home Buyer, House relocation, Site Assessment, Ready?, Relocation Project
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).

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.

Categories: Home Buyers, House Relocation, Relocation Project, Ready?, Budgeting

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 0508 4 RELOCATE or use our contact form by clicking the button below

Categories: Home Buyers, House Relocation, Relocation Project, Ready?, Budgeting

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

Our Ready, Set, Go! | Buyer’s guide comes with a Flow Chart which shows the Relocation Process from when you have secured a house to applying for Building Consent.

Categories: Home Buyers, House Sellers, House Relocation, Relocation Project, Ready?, Project Management, Egress, Site clean-up, P-test, asbestos test, Free appraisal, insurance, budgeting, finance

There are many factors that come into play in the process, as every house is different, and every site is different.
Once you own land and have found the right house, allow for the following time:
  • 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.
When building consent is granted, you can start connection of services and other trades that you might need to get your house ready for sign-off with council.
If you would like more information on the process look at our Ready, Set, Go! Guide for BUYERS or for SELLERS
Categories: Relocation Project, Project management, Design Service, Council Consents, Home Buyers, House Sellers
We all know what it is like with council. You need permission to just about move your door mat nowadays.
No matter your removal project; whether you are buying, selling or moving, we can help you find out what to do about council and their consent process.
Selling a house might seem like it would have nothing to do with council, but depending on region, you will need to provide a few items and possible consents.
If you are selling a removable home:
  • You may require a demolition or removal consent.
  • Additionally, an asbestos survey might have to be conducted before moving the house and all access to site (egress) needs to be approved. This may involve removing council trees, power lines and fences.
If you are buying a relocatable home:
  • Whether you are buying a primary or secondary dwelling, you will need to apply for a Building Consent.
  • Additionally, many Councils require Resource Consent and you to pay a Development Contribution.
Our architectural designers are well informed and have endless experience with most of the North Island Councils.
If you would like to do some prior research, check out your local council website, most information will be available under the Building and Planning sections.
Geotech report
Before a building consent should even be attempted; each council is a bit different, but most will require you to obtain a Geotech report. The Geotech report will determine what kind of foundations and drainage is required, among other essential building details. This needs to be sorted as soon as possible, as Geotech engineers are very busy and can often take weeks to even start looking at your site.
If you would like more information, look at our Buyer’s Guide for all the information that you need as a buyer. This includes budgeting lists, workbooks, information and all the tips you will need to relocate your dream home.
Categories: Relocation Project, Home buyer’s, House Seller’s, Council consents
Your local council will be able to tell you if you need a Geotechnical Report or Soil Report before you apply for a Building Consent. 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.
  • A soil report determines your foundations. 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.

A Geotech Report

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. Additionally, it will recommendations for soakage, ie. storm water drainage requirements.
Many of the houses that are relocated, contain ACM (asbestos containing materials), however, it’s not as a big drama as one might think.
  • ACM have many beneficial characteristics such as good sound absorption, strength, plus resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage.
  • Many don’t know that ACMs are not actually any danger to health if they aren’t damaged. Damage often cannot be avoided when shifting a house, but we are experts in this and ensure post-relocation testing and accreditation.
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.
In our experience 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 post“Asbestos – Safely Managed by Certified Removal Specialists” and download our Ready Set Go Guide
Categories: Asbestos, Home Buyer’s, House Seller’s, Relocation project

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).

Read our BLOG post: “What Happens When Your House Arrives on Your Section“ for a detailed explanation of how it works.
Categories: Relocation Project, Project management, Design Service, Council Consents, Home Buyers, House Sellers
Moving a house from one place of your section to another, is called an on-site shift. It is usually a relatively straightforward process, when using a professional house relocator.
There are several reasons as to why one would go through this process:
  1. You have a large section available and lends itself to sub-divide and add another (or several) houses.
  2. You would like to build new, but the existing house is in the way
  3. You would like to make better use of your land by re-positioning the house
We can help you with all these options and identify the best option for you.
Categories: On-site shift

Yes, you can shift a house that has a concrete pad. Any fittings i.e. Kitchen and bathroom will need to be removed prior to the shift and reinstated once the house is on a new floor.

Relocating a house should not be a stressful time, therefore it is important to protect your relocatable house in case of a worst-case-scenario occurring. We want to help you make this an as smooth and as stress-free experience as possible. 

Please see our relocation insurance page for more information

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 maneuverability on my section for the truck and trailer?
If you are unsure, please call us with your site address and we can help you out – 0508 4 RELOCATE.
For more information about cranes and house relocation, have a read of our Blog post: Cranes – A Helping Hand with a Very Long Arm”.

Categories: cranes, house relocation, relocation project, site access

Yes, a house that has been clad in brick can be relocated. The bricks are removed (demolished so not reusable) prior to the shift and once re-sited the house can be re-clad in any material. It also allows easy access for re-wiring, insulation and adding in extra power points.
We love relocating brick clad houses, as it gives the re-locator a completely blank canvas to renovate the house into something they love.
  • Is there good access to my site for the truck to load a house onto it?
  • Is there good maneuverability on my section for the truck and trailer?

Categories: cranes, house relocation, relocation project, site access

WIDTH – 9.2m – 9.5m
LENGTH – 19m – 24m
HEIGHT – On truck from bottom of bearers to top of ridge is 4.2m
Driveway width for a trucks access is 3.5m -3.8m
Houses can be cut into piece if they exceed those maximum sizes. This is done all the time and once the house is put on the new site, you will not be able to tell that it was once cut into pieces.

Categories: cranes, house relocation, relocation project, site access

A simple test can show whether a house has meth contamination.

No, not all our houses have been P-tested. Whilst every endeavor is made to ensure a house is not contaminated, we recommend that potential buyers get a laboratory level methamphetamine test done as part of their due diligence prior to purchase for ultimate peace of mind.

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 0508 4 RELOCATE if there is anything that we have not covered or contact us online

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