Are you considering raising, sliding, removing or re-stumping your home? Look no further – we’ve put together the ultimate guide to the steps you need to take before the actual project begins. Follow these tips and don’t get caught out by things that could extend the time or increase the cost of your project.
Set a budget
When you start to plan you’re project it’s important to be clear in your own mind about exactly what you want and for what price. Make sure you leave a little wriggle room in your budget just in case something doesn’t go exactly to plan. The next step is to shop around to find a company that can meet your needs. When it comes to house relocation or modification, the cheapest price isn’t necessarily the best. Find someone who has extensive experience, great reviews and who can meet your needs while staying within your budget.
Develop a plan
The next step is to work with a draftsman to plan the project. Maybe you’re moving your home to a different site, rotating it to face a view or the sunlight, or raising it to protect from flood damage. Communicate the reason for the project to your draftsman to ensure the very best results. You need to have a very clear and well thought out plan in place, so it can be executed perfectly.
Know that your power has to be disconnected for the job. Your provider can take about 2 weeks to make this come into effect so it’s important to sort it out early so you don’t get any surprises. Your gas will also need to be disconnected. Make sure you know how long you’ll need to be out of the house and how long it will take to reconnect the power to streamline the project and minimise disruption to your life.
Engage a surveyor
You will need to engage a surveyor to mark out the final position of the house on the block. This is a crucial step to meet council requirements! A qualified surveyor will issue you with a form that is part of your final approval. Ensuring the exact position and height of your house has to be done right the first time – it is costly and timely to rectify a mistake in this regard.
Get your forms in order
Your house in its new location will be inspected. Make sure you secure form 16s for these inspections! They are required to be given to your Private Certifier to sign off on the final approval. If you ever sell your home in the future, you will save yourself a lot of stress knowing that you already have that form and any others you receive in order and ready.
If you’re located in Brisbane, Meier House Removals can help streamline the above process and make your project efficient and hassle-free. Give us a call today to discuss your upcoming house raising, sliding, removal or re-stumping job for expert advice and services.