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10 things you need to know to make the right choice

Unfortunately, we see so many inexperienced vendors and purchasers trying to save money by DIY buying or selling a removal home. Without prior experience, you can  unwittingly be walking into a potential mine field.  To avoid pitfalls and unnecessary additional expense and the possibility of losing money and the removal home, use the expertise of Dalby Removal Homes, who will walk you through the step-by-step process of securing your very own removal home.

When choosing a home for your land, carefully consider how your new house will fit in with the nature of the area, other houses in your neighbourhood and any covenants or local council regulations.

Your local council approval will take into consideration the aesthetics of your home and may not permit “inappropriate houses” which may negatively affect the value of other nearby properties. Currently removal homes are being moved to inner city locations, the suburbs, acreage and the country. If you already have your block of land get a soil test done at the possible sites for your home.

Highly reactive soils such as alluvial/clay and black soil could mean significant extra expenses in foundation work when it comes time to build. If you haven’t yet bought your block of land then consider soil types and the positioning of your home before you purchase. Your local authority may require designed plans for grey water catchment and septic system .

Until recently, the removal home was generally only available to the home buyer who did not have to borrow to finance their dream.

Today even first home buyers can purchase a removal home and enjoy the great savings and other benefits.

However, financing your removal home can prove a little difficult as financial institutions do not tend to release funds unless the home is fully erected on the new site and passed a final council inspection. The problem with this, of course, is that removal costs and progressive payments are due before the completion date. (Completion meaning until final inspection is undertaken by your local council or private certifier and your home is approved for habitation.)

Here are some finance options for you to consider…

  • Use the equity in your block of land or another property to obtain finance.
  • Investigate whether your financial institution will agree to release some funds once the house is relocated and then in stages as the property becomes more habitable and then again upon final council inspection.
  • Source the funds using a guarantor (eg parents) and then convert to a low interest housing loan upon final inspection.
  • Contact a Mortgage Broker such as QPF Finance. ~ Vanessa Stenhouse https://www.qpf.com.au/staff/vanessa-stenhouse/

We strongly suggest and recommend you investigate thoroughly your finance options before you consider a removal home that way you can avoid possible disappointment or delay. Ask Robert for contacts in this area.

When you purchase a removal home from Dalby Removal Homes the purchase price includes:

  • Delivery (within 100km of building’s current address)
  • Steel Adjustable Stumps – 900mm above and 900mm in the ground.
  • Police & Transporting Permits
  • Buildings with above standard travelling heights will need a local power authority escort at an extra cost.
  • Other stumping options including – treated timber, concrete and variations to the standard stumping height & depth
  • Moves beyond 100km radius – allow for $38/km for a single shift (escort of 2 police and 2 pilots) and $55/km for a double shift (escort of 3 police and 3 pilots).
  • Single Limited Area: Where house is wider than the standard 7.5m, relocation to some areas (eg over the Great Dividing Range) will incur extra costs to cut it into two, thereby becoming a double shift. Please contact Robert to confirm the particular home of your interest.
  • *Insurance available – from the signing of the contract until the house is delivered & stumped (additional cover available if required)
  • *Engineer or building reports, plans and soil tests: Costs for preparation of all documents needed in order to gain Council approvals are $8,000 – $9,500 which include soil tests, engineer reports, plans septic design and all council lodgement fees (either a private certifier or direct to council for lodgement) I highly recommend Brendan Jempson from” Plans to Inspire “ (see Services page). We will all help you through this possibly daunting process but particularly Brendan will drive your project to avoid any pitfalls or confusion with Building codes
  • *Council application fees – as above
  • *Relocation fees
  • Machinery Hire Fees (if steep, wet or muddy)
  • Costs of Providing Accessibility to the New Site
  • *Council Bond – the money is held by the council after the house has been resited until final inspection and certificate of occupancy is granted. The amount is usually between $10,000 and $30,000 depending on the size of the house, the work needing to be done and may be given as either cash, a bank guarantee or a combination of both. The money is returned to you progessively or in full upon a certificate of occupancy being granted.
    * additional costs which apply to all removal homes
  • Traditional transpiration trench and septic treatment plant $8,000 – $12,000
  • Connection of all water, drainage and stormwater plus a 22 ,000 litre rainwater tank $8,000 -$10,000
  • Stumping legal height 2.7 m high a modest house from $7,000 – $15,000. The larger house or more complex design (due to onsite issues eg. a steep slope ) the higher the cost.

When you purchase a home from Dalby Removal Homes what you see is what you get*.

After the house removal contractor transports the home to your new site he’ll put the house back together and repitch your roof. A quantity of roof battens, if rotten, can be replaced when the house is resited – at cost price. (*unless otherwise advised)

Make sure your home is insured sufficiently for “building in transit” insurance. Check this with your removalist.

We recommend and use experienced house removal specialists including Henk Jonker of Ipswich House Removals and Rohan and Kim Worsley of Toowoomba. We’ll put you in touch with them and help you organise your removal once your project is underway.

Renovating a removal home is an exciting, rewarding and satisfying experience.

But it doesn’t happen all at once nor does it need to, especially if you are planning on doing many things yourselves. Pace yourselves, and enjoy the experience of making your removal home truly your own. Renovating your new home is a process that will take time. Here are the major steps you will need to undertake:

(1) Consult Draftsman to draw up plans
(2) Initial council inspection or contact a private building certifier
(3) Determine the requirements for habitation
(4) Develop a workable plan to achieve
(5) Council bond payable depends on the value of the work to be undertaken or a flat rate
(6) Complete the necessary renovations – do you need an Owner/Builder permit?
(7) Council final inspection
(8) Certificate of Occupancy granted and bond money refunded.
(9) Undertake other renovations not necessary for certificate of occupancy using refunded bond monies. This avoids a potential cash shortfall situation.
(10) Consider using Hugh Smiley of Smiley Carpentry Solutions for your renovation needs Ph: 0488 588 809

We recommend that initially you undertake just the necessary work to obtain your certificate of occupancy. That way you can either move into the house or at least have your council bond monies refunded. Then you can continue to renovate and build other structures such as carports, sheds, verandahs etc.

If you wish to perform or co-ordinate building work on your property, you must obtain an owner-builder permit, as required under the Queensland Building Services Authority Act 1991, from the QBCC (formerly Building Services Authority).

As from December 1st 2006, any persons intending to carry out building works as an owner builder need only apply for an Owner Builder Permit if the retail value of the work exceeds $11,000. It is still a requirement to complete the approved Owner Builder Course #39045QLD if the work exceeds $11,000. Therefore – building works between $nil and $11,000 – no permit required and/or issued.

By becoming an owner-builder you forfeit your right to QBCC insurance on the building work. QBCC insurance protects consumers who have a contract with a licensed contractor to perform residential building work. The insurance covers instances where the contractor fails to complete the building work for reasons that are not the consumers’ fault; the contractor fails to rectify defective work; and the building suffers from the effects of subsidence. As an owner-builder you are responsible for following up individual subcontractors if there are any defects in workmanship.

Applying for a permit involves completing an application form, paying the permit fee and providing QBCC with proof of ownership in the property. You are allowed one owner-builder permit every six years.

Before you spend too much time investigating a removal home you should investigate your finance options.

Make sure financing a removal home is feasible. That way you can avoid disappointment. Check out our web site at dalbyremovalhomes.com.au which is updated regularly and includes before and after photos of existing project homes, floor plans and renovation ideas for creating unique colonial designs. You can phone our office in Dalby on 07 4669 6162 and arrange an appointment. Once you are seriously looking for a home and have chosen a couple of options from our web site, we’ll be happy to show you through a selection of our homes. That way both of us save time and money.

Buying, moving and renovating a removal home is a process that does take time. But it is still a faster way, in most cases, to be in your own home than building.

Another point is the older homes particularly Queenslanders, Colonials and even Workers Cottages simply can’t be built for the price you can buy a removal home. Nor can you achieve that genuine look and feeling of yesteryear when you build new. And think of all the trees you are saving by using “recycled timbers”.

When you buy a removal home you have the option to just make it liveable, carry out complete renovations and major changes such as joining two removal homes together or anything in between. It’s totally up to you!

This site contains before and after photos of existing project homes, floor plans and renovation ideas for creating unique designs using open verandahs, colonial railings, high set stumps, feature staircases, using a removal home for an extension or even joining two houses of similar styles to create huge living areas. Removal homes often come with a lot of extras such as floor coverings or solid timber floors to polish, high ceilings, curtains, lights and even cast iron baths.

This cannot be emphasized enough. Be guided by the experience of Dalby Removal Homes, who will walk you through the step-by-step process of securing your very own removal home.

About Dalby Removal Homes

We operate from our Dalby office and provide sales advice to customers on price, relocation costs, design and renovation. We BUY and SELL removal homes and employ professional and experienced removal contractors.
We field enquiries from local and interstate customers thinking of relocating in South East Queensland.
If you are considering the benefits of buying a removal home, please send us your contact details and preferred house style in the enquiry form.

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What our customers are saying ...

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We get a lot of people stop by and coming to have a look at the transformation. Very popular in the Byron shire with people seeking some old world charm.
Robert Smiley of Dalby Removal homes, has helped us achieve our aim in locating a home for our rural property, Dalkeith, located near Roma.
Thanks to Robert and my builder, I have an award-winning beautiful home. I could not be more grateful. Thank you!
Dalby Removal Homes specialise in Queensland and Colonial homes and helped us to realise our dream of owning a true Queenslander.