FAQS

DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE THE TRANSPORTATION AND PILING?

Yes.

The advertised price for our listings include transport of the house in a single piece or two piece as detailed within a 100km radius of the subject locality and piling of the house using a standard tanapile foundation signed off by the local authority.  The price also includes gst.

It is important to outline that a standard tanapile foundation provides for using 125mm by 125mm H5 tanapiles with the anchor piles set true and level in concrete 0.9m in the ground and .35m above ground and ordinary piles 0.4m in the ground and 0.35m above ground.

Some properties will require a specific foundation design for the foundations.  In these instances additional costs for the foundations will be applicable.  More information on this matter is provided under the geotechnical information.

If the house has to be cut in half or the roof removed for transportation then the price includes the structurally joining of the house back together and re erection of the roof in accordance with the New Zealand Building Code.

 

DO YOU SHIFT THE HOUSES YOURSELF OR CONTRACT TO A HOUSEMOVER?

We shift the companies houses using our own trucks and trailers and staff.

Some companies just sell a house for removal and contract a third party building removal company to undertake the transportation and piling.  This means you would have to deal with a number of parties.

We are a housemoving company.  We own our own trucks and trailers and hydraulic house lifting jacks and have full time experienced staff that combined have over 60 years experience in the transportation and piling of houses.  This ensures you only deal with us and are provided with a quality house at an affordable price with quality workmanship.

 

WHAT IS A GEOTECHNICAL REPORT AND WILL I NEED ONE?

A geotechnical report or soils report is undertaken by a registered geotechnical engineer and determines the ground conditions of your property to see if the ground is classed as good ground in accordance with the New Zealand Building Code.

If your ground is classed as good ground then generally the foundations required would be the standard tanapile foundation that is included in the contract.  However should the ground not be classed as good ground then it is likely that an engineer will have to design the foundations for the house.  This generally means either more piles under the house or the piles have to go deeper into the ground and more concrete is required.  Should this be the case then we can dig foundations down to 2.0m into the ground but there will be extra costs for the extra labour for digging, the extra cost for longer piles and extra concrete.

Should the geotechnical report state that the foundation requires driven or drilled poles then you will need to engage a pile driving company to come and drive or drill the foundations first and then one these are completed we can bring the house in and position over the foundations.  Please call us or send us an email for more information on this.

 

WHAT DO I NEED BEFORE BUYING A RELOCATABLE HOUSE?

You will need to own land before starting to look for a relocatable house.  One of the key things to ensure is that there are no restrictive covenants on the certificate of title that would prevent the relocation of a house onto the property.

As banks have different lending requirements for relocatable houses so it would be beneficial if you also spoke to your bank to see what they require for the funding of a house relocation project.

 

WHAT ARE THE OTHER COSTS FOR RELOCATING A HOUSE?

The price for our houses for sale include the house, insurance, its transportation and piling within 100km radius of its current site.  In addition to this cost there are also the following costs:

  • Draughtsman;
  • Geotechnical costs (if required by Council);
  • Resource consent fee (if required by Council), Council building inspection of the house;
  • Engineer cost for wastewater and stormwater reports (if required by Council);
  • Building consent fee
  • Building works;
  • Electrical works;
  • Plumbing and drainage;
  • Any renovations works; and
  • Landscaping, fencing, garaging etc.

 

WILL I NEED A RESOURCE CONSENT?

This varies with different Councils and the rules in their District Plans.  Provided the relocatable house meets the relevant standards of the District Plan (distance from boundary, building coverage, height to boundary etc) then many Councils do not require resource consent for the relocation of a house.  A building consent would still be required.

We have an experienced town planner on staff who can provide advise if you would require a resource consent for your property.  More information is provided on this below.

 

CAN YOU LOOK AFTER THE COUNCIL CONSENT PROCESS?

We do offer the service of managing the Council consent process.  This is managed by an experienced town planner who has over 13 years experience working for and working with many Councils throughout the North Island.

This service includes liaising with the draughtsman for the development of the plans, liaising with any engineers required and applying for and managing the building consent and resource consent process (if required).  This is a time consuming process so we do charge $700 plus gst for this service.  Please note this fee does not include the draughtsman, engineer/s and Council fees.

 

WHAT ABOUT INSURANCE?

In addition to the sale of the house, its transportation and piling our contract price also includes replacement insurance including insurance of your house while being transported.

The insurance is for the value of the contract so should the worst happen and the house is damaged beyond repair then any monies paid towards the contract are claimed for and refunded to the purchaser.  This does not include however costs paid by the client for draughtsman fees, engineers and Council consent fees.

 

WHAT ABOUT DAMAGE TO THE HOUSE FROM ITS TRANSPORTATION WHO COVERS THAT?

We cover the following damage to the house as a result of the transportation of the house:

  • Broken glass windows;
  • Broken facsia boards;
  • Broken weatherboards/corner boxes;
  • Broken window sills, frame, sashes;
  • Damage to roofing.

However due to the nature of spouting being so flimsy we do not cover damage and/or removed spouting and downpipes.

Should any chimney flues, tv aerials or dishes need to be removed for the house transportation we do not re erect these chattels following the relocation of the house.

 

HOW MUCH DOES A HOUSE RELOCATION PROJECT GENERALLY COST ALL UP?

Relocating a pre used house is much cheaper than building a new house and depending on the size, style and level of renovation works as a generally rule of thumb all renovated and ready to live it is around 30 to 40% cheaper than building a new house.

 

HOW LONG IS THE RELOCATION PROCESS?

As a general rule of thumb from the day that you sign a contract for the purchase of a relocatable house you would be looking at a minimum of:

  • 4 to 6 weeks for the development of the plans, Geotech report by an engineer if required by Council, stormwater and wastewater report by an engineer if required by Council.
  • A minimum of 4 weeks for your Council to process the application. Should the Council require additional information then the clock will stop and will not start again until Council has received the information it required.

 

WHAT ABOUT ASBESTOS?

There are a number of building products manufactured in the 1970s and 1980s that do contain asbestos. The most common are: fibrolite cladding and baseboards, many soffit linings, the backing of many lino and textured ceilings.

Should any material containing asbestos need to be removed for the transportation of the house such as fibrolite baseboards or the soffit lining if the house has to be cut in half the contract price includes the professional removal and disposal by our certified contractor.

If the house contains asbestos cladding or soffit linings and these are not damaged or are not going to be removed for the renovation process then in accordance with Council requirements the products are an existing product and do not need to be removed.  However if the cladding or soffit lining crack or become damaged then yes it will need removal and disposal by a certified company.

For more information on this give us a call or contact us via our email.

 

WHAT ABOUT ACCESS TO MY PROPERTY TO GET THE HOUSE ONTO MY PROPERTY?

Any contract is always subject to us driving the route from were the house is now to your property as well as checking out access to your property to see if we can transport the house onto your property.  Should any trees need trimming or any fences or other obstructions need to be trimmed or removed in order to provide access for the truck and trailer then these will be discussed with you.

 

WHAT IF I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS NOT ANSWERED IN FAQS?

For any more information please call us or send us an email through the website.

CONTACT US

Our Address

021 027 45654
Email us: sales@rhl.net.nz

16 Woodward Street
Frankton, Hamilton
New Zealand