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House Relocation Guide

The property market is always going to be a hot topic of conversation. It represents so much more than just a place to live. It stands as a symbol of stability, a place to call “home”, and for many New Zealanders, their nest egg. Having your own slice of heaven in Aotearoa is a goal for many as it not only represents security in the present but also in the future.

But for many Kiwis, getting a foot onto the property ladder can prove to be a challenge. What many are not aware of is a potential shortcut – Fenton House Removals! There are often times when homeowners love their location but outgrow their house. In these instances, it would be a complete shame to demolish the older home, after all, it may be the perfect home for someone else.

This is where Fenton House Removals comes in. We buy, sell and move houses. We are New Zealand’s leading experts in the process of relocating buildings from one site to another, providing Kiwis with more options to get into New Zealand’s property market.

A weatherboard home loaded on the back of a Mack truck getting ready to be moved

There are many reasons why you may choose to invest in Fenton House Removals as opposed to buying an existing home or building one. In some instances, it may prove to not only be time-saving when compared to building a new home but also significantly cheaper. Couple this with the ability to own a slice of New Zealand’s rich architectural history – victorian style villas and bungalows built using quality materials and building techniques that just aren’t found in modern builds.

And on top of this, you are engaging with building a sustainable building and housing market in New Zealand.

While a house may no longer suit its previous owner, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be your dream home!

Moving a house from one site to another may seem like a Herculean task – but don’t worry, Fenton House Removals covers the entire process, taking care of everything from buying the home and pointing you in the right direction to the necessary consents + earthworks and placing the home on it’s brand new piles.


Curious about Fenton House Removals? Come see them for yourself!

If you are new to the idea of removable and relocatable homes, you’re probably under the assumption that the type of home you can buy is quite limited. We’re happy to inform you that this couldn’t be further from the truth! Fenton House Removal has an incredible range of stock available right now, with a variety of different styles at a range of prices certain to suit any budget.

Whether you’re after a humble “starter home” or a grand villa, our experienced and friendly staff are just a call away to help you find your dream home.

Our stock includes Victorian style villas and bungalows – homes that are rich with history and impossible to replicate with modern-day building techniques. These homes feature bespoke designs, often accented with native hardwoods that not only make them rare but spectacular examples of a beautiful bygone era in New Zealand’s history. We are incredibly proud to offer a service that preserves these snapshots of Kiwiana.

Furthermore, we carry a range of sleep-outs, minor dwellings and smaller homes that are perfect for renovation projects, granny flats, bachs or just adding additional value to your property.

Additionally, we also carry a range of more modern builds that are just as impressive in their own right. These buildings often feature open-plan layouts, upgrading the interior finishes and amenities to bring them up to a modern standard. Whatever your tastes or budgets, Fenton House Removals is sure to have something you’ll love!

But don’t just take our word for it, see for yourself! Come and visit our yard at 2 Garfield Road, Helensville, Auckland 0800. We have a range of stock on display for you to check out. Save yourself weekends of travelling from open home to open home, looking for your next home. Visit our yard and see an extensive range of Fenton House Removals all in one convenient place, or head to our website to see our current listings.


Location, Location, Location.

There is a level of freedom that comes with choosing to purchase a home for relocation that just isn’t possible with the traditional home buying route. It grants you control over both factors with your new home, the house and the location. Firstly, you get to choose a house that fits your requirements perfectly, and then pair it with a site that suits your locational needs. There is no need to compromise.

However, there are still a few factors to consider when buying a site to relocate a home to. Firstly, you need to ensure that there is an open space for the home to be placed onto. This space needs to have an accessible entrance to allow the moving process to happen without any headaches – remember, the width of a house and truck will need to be able to fit through it! Therefore it is also important that there are no obstructions that may block the home relocation process.

In addition to this, a Geotechnical report will be required to assess soil stability – we will cover this later on this page. Other essential considerations include assessing flood zones, terrain and wind exposure to ensure that the relocation is as efficient as possible.

Fenton House Removals offers a free site consultation to get the ball rolling on your home relocation project.


Ensuring that your house relocation goes smoothly and stress-free

There are no two ways about it – moving a house is a complicated task. There is a huge range of different factors that need to work together to ensure that there are no hiccups along the way. From the initial preparation, ensuring all the consents and paperwork are in order, loading it onto the truck and unloading it onto its new piles at its final destination.

That is why it is important to seek out an experienced company with a track record of successful house removals. Here at Fenton House Removals, we are proud to have more than 30 years of experience in relocating homes safely and efficiently all over New Zealand. Our team of specialists is ready to answer your questions and provide you with the best guidance for making sure your relocation project goes off without a hitch.

Fenton House Removals is here for the entire house moving process, from idea to planning, through to execution, we can project manage the entire experience to ensure that you get to sit back and enjoy the experience.

So, whether you have already purchased a home or are still in the process of searching, make sure that you consider Fenton House Removals as your preferred house relocation company. Contact us today to learn more!


Own your own slice of heaven

It is incredibly important that you perform your due diligence in inspecting the condition of the house you are looking to buy for relocation. While this is true for any home you buy, further considerations need to be taken when buying a home for relocation, as putting a home onto a truck places a tremendous amount of stress on the building. The last thing you want is to get to the new location with a damaged house!

Having an expert eye in the form of a second-hand building report to assess the home to make sure it is strong is not only highly recommended, but may even be required for your building consent. This often means that older homes made with native hardwoods are ideal for relocation. In addition to this, make sure that you are keeping the layout of the house in relation to its new site in mind, as well as the site’s consent.

When assessing the layout of the home, take the time to note what renovations may need to be made, which areas of the home would receive the most sunlight, how does the glow of the house work with its placement. With these factors in mind, it may make sense to reconfigure the layout of the home to maximize its potential.

At Fenton House Removals, we know that your dream home is out there – it’s just a matter of finding it. We have access to an extensive range of relocatable houses all over New Zealand, so no matter what your taste, you are sure to find the perfect house for your next relocation project.

We have a range of different price ranges and sizes on offer.

Have peace of mind in knowing that the house you are buying has been checked by our team and certified safe for relocation.


Make sure you're crossed all your Ts and Dotted all your Is

The physical act of preparing the site and moving the house is only half of the process. There are a few additional important factors that need to be accounted for in order to assure a successful home relocation process.

By partnering with an experienced home moving company like Fenton House Removals, you are taking all the necessary steps in ensuring that all your ducks are in a row when it comes to the due diligence and administration side of your home relocation project.

Resource and Building Consent

This is an incredibly important part of any successful house relocation process. Our team will work with you to make sure that all the necessary documentation and consent forms are in order before you get started with the physical moving process. While this is being done, you can figure out what is the best position for your home on the site in order to draw this information onto your Certificate or Title. This will also include additional information such as metres to boundaries, orientation, power poles and driveways.

In addition to this, you’ll need resource consent. Depending on what alterations you want to make – like subdividing the land or adding extra buildings – you may also require additional permits.

Geotechnical solutions

Before a move can happen, it is important to understand the geotechnical aspects of your relocation. Known as a geotech report, a geographical engineer will provide you with detailed reports containing engineering solutions and recommendations based on the soil type, topography and other factors affecting the location.This is used to design the foundational structure of the your home, such as the piles the home will be placed on, to ensure that the home and soil can withstand forces from earthquakes, flooding, and human activity. This plays an important role in creating a long lasting, stable home. This is essential information to design your foundation in order to receive your building consent.


When you move homes, it's beneficial to get insurance in case anything gets damaged during transit. This includes getting a policy for your home in its original state, as well as contracting workers insurance. The latter covers the financial liabilities of damage caused by the workers managing your relocation.


You need to have an experienced draughtsman on hand who can create the necessary drawings for your building consent. A draughtsman is a qualified professional whose job involves creating and preparing blueprints, plans and technical drawings used during the construction of any structure or home. This will be vital as they provide information such as sizes, heights, distances and outlines.


A surveyor is a qualified professional who measures the land accurately and in detail to build a detailed plan of your property. This information will provide you with crucial information such as dimensions, boundaries and locations of buildings.


At Fenton House Removals, we understand that home relocations can be a complex process. We have built our reputation on meticulous care and attention to detail in order to make sure that each project is a success.

We provide full service for all aspects of the move and can facilitate the process of obtaining building consents and resource consents, providing geotechnical solutions, drafting and surveying, insurance and transportation. You can take advantage of Fenton House Removals trusted partners in facilitating the consent process for $6500+GST (excluding council costs).


The expert team at Fenton House Removals can help guide your home moving project from the start

By getting our team involved as early as possible, you are able to tap into Fenton House Removals expert knowledge in the best course of action for your home relocation project. We offer a free site visit, delivering a detailed report on the potential move and outlining potential risks, achievable outcomes and costs associated with the project. We can provide advice on design elements such as orientation, site access, earthworks planning and building foundations which will save you time and money in the long run.


A safe move is a successful move

During the move, you can rely on our team to take all of the necessary steps to ensure safety is maintained. We employ only qualified and experienced workers who have undergone relevant health and safety training and know how to work safely in any environment. It is important to note that the new site is classed as a work site, so all health and safety regulations have to be adhered to like any other construction site. This ensures that you and all the workers on the site are kept out of harm’s way.

We also use state-of-the-art equipment that has been tested for quality assurance with strict safety and maintenance standards. All of this ensures that your move is conducted in the safest possible way, so you can rest easy knowing that your relocation project will be done correctly, with care and with a safe worksite being a number one priority of Fenton House Removals.


Watching all the pieces come together

With the foundations and utilities being signed off and consents and permits being in order, it’s time for what everyone has been waiting for – moving the home to its new site. The relocation almost always takes place at night to take advantage of the lower volume of traffic on the roads. To create easier loads to move, the vast majority of relocatable homes are divided into sections, with each section being moved individually to the new site. Once these sections have reached their final destination, they are joined back together. While it is possible to move some relocatable buildings as one piece, it is highly likely that the structure is too bulky for the roads or poses a higher risk of being damaged if moved as a single unit.

Once the home has reached its destination, it is placed on its new piles and fixed together – ready to welcome in its new owners!


We buy, sell and move homes

Fenton House Removals has been involved in the sale, purchase and relocation of homes throughout New Zealand for over 30 years. We are dedicated to helping homeowners move their homes with ease and safety, whether they need just a single unit moved or multiple buildings across different locations. No matter what your situation is, Fenton House Removals will strive to provide the best and safest services possible. Fenton House Removals covers the entire relocation process – from purchasing a house from our diverse and wide range of stock, auditing the site, planning the move and putting you on the right track for all the correct consents, permits and to arrange the necessary site preparation, and finally moving the home to it’s new location and fixing it to it’s brand new piles. At Fenton House Removals, we make home relocation projects a smooth and enjoyable experience.

If you are thinking of starting on your house relocation journey, or are after any additional information, get in contact with the expert team at Fenton House Removals today!


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      Fenton House Removals has over 30 years of experience buying, selling, and relocating homes. We look after the entire process, starting from the initial consultation all the way through to placing homes on their new piles in their new location. If you’re considering selling your home for relocation, get in contact with our knowledgeable team. Our sales staff and assessors can look over your home and figure out a fair valuation that is sure to work for you. If you are after any more information, feel free to call or email us.

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      "I develop properties and Haines purchased two houses from me recently. They removed the houses ahead of time and were prompt with payment. A very professional team and a pleasure to work with. Cheers."

      Mr. Dent

      "We purchased a house from Haines having never done a project like this before. I was nervous at the start because my section is out of town but there was no pressure and they help me whenever I needed it. Thank you guys."

      Mary C

      "We found that Haines were really open and knowledgeable. They were able to talk to us through a clear process so we were able to understand what we were getting into and what we would get out at the end."

      Lisa G

      “What a great team you all are. From you in the office, Virgil, Karl and the boys delivering and working on our house! We are so appreciative of all your efforts and hard work. We would not hesitate to use you again!”

      Lee-Ann & Ian
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