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House Shifting Service

With New Zealand’s red-hot housing market, many people are looking for the best way to maximize the value of their property investment. If you are fortunate enough to own a good section of land with a house on its location, odds are you have a great opportunity to further increase the value of your investment by rearranging its layout to take advantage of the full space. Same site relocation, sometimes referred to as “house shifting” or “lift and shift”, is the process of moving your existing home to a new location within a property. Doing so allows you to reclaim otherwise potentially unusable land, opening a wealth of opportunities to add additional value to your property.

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While the thought of relocating your house may seem daunting, our professional team at Fenton House Removals can help you through every step of the process. We have extensive experience in house relocations and will ensure that your move is as smooth and stress-free as possible.


A very common reason our clients wish to relocate their house on the same site is in order to take advantage of the property market by subdividing their property. When house shifting is done in this way, it’s often called “double land banking”. This is where you subdivide your property so that you have two titles – one with the house on it, and one with the vacant section. You then sell off the vacant section for a healthy profit, as the demand for properties near the city continues to soar, or you develop the section yourself to build a new home and sell that home yourself.

Another reason people may opt for the same site relocation is to make better use of the layout of the property. This may be for simple reasons such as wanting to take better advantage of a view, creating a bigger space for a garden/entertainment area, or even to make space for a shed or sleepout. It may also be to renovate your current home as it can be a useful way of getting the most out of a house extension project if you wish to open up a certain area of the house, but it is currently too close to the boundary of your property.


If you’re interested in house shifting and would like to learn more about the process, our team at Fenton House Removals would be more than happy to chat with you further. In general, the process of relocating your house to the same site can be broken down into the following steps:

  • Assessing whether house shifting is right for your property – this can be done by our team by visiting your property and assessing the feasibility of relocating your house to the same site
  • Obtaining consent from your local council – for house shifting to take place, you will need to obtain consent from your local council. This is generally a straightforward process, but it’s important to make sure that you have all the necessary documentation in order to avoid any delays
  • Fenton House Removals can perform necessary earthworks on a case-by-case basis to prep the site for the relocation. This includes readying the piles that your home will be moved and placed onto.
  • Arranging for the utilities to be disconnected and reconnected – our team at Fenton House Removals can assist you with this process to make sure that it is done as smoothly as possible
  • Moving your house to its new location – our team of professionals will take care of everything, cutting the house into sections to ensure that the home can be moved safely and without damage, lifting the house, shifting it to its new location, and placing it on its piles.
  • Fenton House Removals will reconnect the sections of the home. This is also a great opportunity to commence with any follow-up renovation projects you may have in mind for your home in its new location.


Applying for the correct consents is crucial in ensuring that the same site relocation process goes along smoothly and without headaches. The first thing to note is that there may be some charges/levies associated with obtaining consent from your local council. These fees will differ depending on the council that you are located in. Fenton House Removals takes the stress out of figuring out which consent you require by taking care of the entire process for you. We have great relationships with most local councils and can ensure the right consents are applied to avoid any delays to your project.

Another thing you will need to take into consideration is the fact that your house shifting project may require some earthworks. This is generally due to the fact that the house needs to be relocated onto brand new piles, and our team at Fenton House Removals can take care of this for you.


Once you have obtained consent from your local council, the next step is to arrange for the utilities to be disconnected and reconnected. This includes things such as water, gas, and electricity. Our team at Fenton House Removals can assist you with this process to make sure that it is done as efficiently as possible.


If you’re interested in house shifting or would like to learn more about the process, our team at Fenton House Removals would be more than happy to chat with you further. We have extensive experience in performing house shifts and can take care of the entire process for you, from start to finish. With over 30 years of experience in the house removal industry, we are confident we can provide you with a service you will be happy with. The first step is getting in contact with the expert team at Fenton House Removals to book a property assessment. From here we can draw up the best solution to get your same site relocation project underway. Book your free assessment 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."

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