Should You Buy a Removable Home?
Removable homes are quickly becoming a staple in the Australian alternative housing scene. They are affordable, quick to build/assemble, and eco-friendly. Their prime selling point? Removable homes are designed to go wherever life might take you.
Whether you’re thinking of building a removable home, buying one that’s been pre-built, or buying one that’s been lived in, here are some key things that you need to keep in mind. Before anything else, let’s get the most important question out of the way first.
What is a Removable Home?
Removable homes (also known as relocatable, transportable, or mobile homes) are designed to be moved. They are not permanently attached to the property that they are on, so it’s a breeze to have them transported, or to order one that’s ready for delivery.
Removable vs. Removal Homes
Removal homes are not designed to move, but can be moved after some adjustments. Some removal homes might need to be sectioned in order to be transported. Homes made of timber and wood are common removal homes. A lot of other home types (e.g., concrete, brick) are more difficult, if not impossible, to move.
Buying Removable Homes: Factors to Consider
With the number of removable and removal homes for sale in marketplaces all over Australia, it’s hard to determine where to start. Here are some factors that you could look into the next time you encounter an interesting listing.
Condition of the House
If you’re thinking of contracting a trusted builder to help you construct your very own removable home, then this won’t be a concern for you.
However, if you’re more keen on buying a second hand removable/removal home, it’s important to have a clear picture of the home’s condition. “Good bones” is important with every home purchase, but more so for a removal, since it would have to survive the extreme conditions that come with being moved. A preliminary building report would be great — no need for it to be council-approved, just comprehensive — during the early stages. An official building report will be required later on.
Before having a removable/removal home delivered to any property, there are three types of permit and regulation requirements that need to be accounted for:
- Site-related requirements
- Site inspection
- Septic and Storm Water
- Building-related requirements
- Building reports
- Transport-related permits
The actual requirements vary by state. Leave no stones unturned when it comes to regulations: you don’t want penalties to eat up into the money that you’ve saved on the home. If the rules aren’t clear, contact your local council (or the local council in the property where you’re planning to set up the removable home).
Removal Company — the Key Piece
The house removal company that you choose to work with will be the main determining factor whether you have a hassle-free removal project or a needlessly stressful (even potentially more expensive) homeownership experience.
Here are some preliminary considerations when it comes to choosing a home removal company:
- How long have they been in business?
- What exactly is included in the service? Do they offer some sort of insurance, especially for relocation damages? Do they offer help when it comes to regulatory approvals? Do they offer installation services?
- How knowledgeable are they in terms of approvals? What is the extent of assistance that they’re offering in terms of this?
- How much do you have to pay (per km) for delivery?
Keep in mind that a lot of home removal companies are also selling homes for relocation, so be on the lookout for bargains that companies might offer.
Incorporating Removability in Your Build
If, instead of choosing a removable home for sale, you decide that you want a removable home that’s designed for you, and with you, we’ve got you. Here’s a primer on mobile homes, and a detailed estimate on relocatable home prices (per state).
Looking for a construction company that could help incorporate removability into your home plans? We’ll do that for you! Contact us for a free consultation and quote.