Frequently Asked Questions about Renting/Buying a Portable Home

Transportable house and tiny house FAQ

Tiny Home Buying FAQ

Are there any size restrictions on the prefab units?

Yes. The biggest prefab home we can transport is 9.8 x 4.0m.

Our standard transportable home width is 3.0m.

 

Can you build our prefab home on our site?

No. All our transportable homes are built within our factory and are complete when delivered to you.  This is normal for prefab homes.

Will we have to pay for transport on a sale tiny house?

Yes. Transportation is additional to the price of the portable house and includes the waste water set-up costs. We will quote this for you when you enquire.

Can we make any changes to the interior of the prefab unit?

Yes. We can alter the interior design and layout of your prefab unit, to accomodate your needs. Please talk to us about your requirements.

Do you have portable units that we can view?

Yes we do!  We have a tiny house show home at our South Auckland factory.  You can view opening times and opening times by clicking here.

What are the terms of payment when buying a prefab home?

A $10,000 deposit is required prior to building commencement.

Payment in full is required prior to delivery.

 

How long will it take to build a transportable house?

Once the plans have been signed off and your deposit has been paid, we will order building materials for your unit. From this point it can take approximately 4-6 weeks until delivery.

Can I see my prefab house being built?

We operate a building construction site, so due to OSH requirements, you are unable to just turn up on-site. If you book an appointment we are happy to discuss and show you the progress on your transportable home. We can email photo updates if required.

Do I need a building consent?

Every situation is different.

It is up to the individual purchaser to confirm what is permitted with their own Council.

 

How does the power work in the units?

The prefab homes come with a “Gasfitting Certificate of Compliance Gas Safety Certificate” and a “Warrant of Electrical Fitness”. We supply a 15m Electrical lead that will connect to a caravan power plug. You can purchase an additional 3 pin adaptor if required.

How does the water work in the portable home?

There is an exterior water inlet valve that we connect to your on-site water supply with a garden hose. The water is heated by a gas califont and all you need to do is hook up the gas bottle supplied.

How does the WASTE water work in the prefab units?

Attached to the toilet is a saniflow pump system. This pumps takes all waste from the tiny home and disperses it through a small pipe that connects to your existing services. The waste pipe is 50m long and we connect this for you when your transportable home is delivered. This set-up cost is included in the transport fee.

Do the units have a stove/oven?

No. We can be supply & fit an oven to your requirements, extra charges will apply.

 

What will be in my bathroom?

The bathroom comes with a 900 x 900mm shower unit. There is a standard flush toilet (with saniflow pump attached). A vanity unit with basin and under cupboard storage, mirror cabinet, towel ring, toilet roll holder, and an extractor fan.

Do the prefab units come with window coverings?

Yes. All our prefab units come with thermal drapes on the ranch-slider door & roller blinds supplied on other windows. If you require different window coverings, please let us know.

Are the transportable units insulated?

Yes, the transportable units are made with EPS panel. This is a 75mm thick 'sandwhich panel' comprised of pre-painted steel skins over a fire retardant treated Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) core. The benefits of this EPS product = WARM, QUIET, STYLISH

What type of flooring is supplied in the prefab units?

There is commercial grade carpet in the prefab units, and in the wet areas (kitchen and bathroom) standard vinyl floor covering. If you want to make changes please let us know so we can discuss options available.

Tiny Home Renting FAQ

Is there a Bond required?

No. All we need is your first week rent in advance and your transport fee paid prior to the delivery of your tiny house.

How much is the delivery fee?

Auckland transport costs for small transportable studio units are approximately $300 and larger transportable homes are around $950. We will quote outside Auckland, just let us know your location. We require payment for Transport (which is the delivery plus collection fee) prior to delivery of your tiny house. Water and waste water set-up costs are included in the transport fee.

Where are your tiny home rental zone areas?

We deliver studio rentals within the Greater Auckland area, Hamilton, Tauranga, and Wellsford districts.

Areas NOT included; Lower North Island, Northland, Hawkes Bay

For Christchurch rentals email houseme2015@xtra.co.nz

 

What if my site has difficult access?

We can look at your site on Google earth and talk to you regarding access. If required, we can quote a hi-ab lift for you.

How does the power work in the portable homes?

The portable homes come with an “Gasfitting Certificate of Compliance Gas Safety Certificate” and a “Warrant of Electrical Fitness”. We supply a 15m electrical lead that will connect to caravan power plug. You can purchase an additional 3 pin adaptor if required.

How does the water work in the prefab homes?

There is an exterior water inlet valve that you we connect to your on-site water supply with a garden hose. The water is heated by a gas califont, and all you need to do is hook up the gas bottle supplied.

How does the WASTE water work in the transportable units?

Attached to the toilet is a saniflow pump system. This pumps takes all waste from the unit and disperses it through a small pipe that connects to your existing services. The waste pipe is 50m long and we connect this for you when your unit is delivered. This set-up cost is included in the transport fee.

 

Do the units have a stove/oven?

No.

 

Do the units come with window coverings?

Yes, our tiny homes come with thermal drapes on the ranch-slider door and roller blinds covering the other windows.

Are the tiny homes insulated?

Yes, the tiny houses are made with EPS panel. This is a 75mm thick 'sandwich panel' comprised of pre-painted steel skins over a fire retardant treated Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) core. The benefits of this EPS product = WARM, QUIET, STYLISH

 

What type of flooring is supplied in the portable house?

There is industrial grade carpet in the portable house, and in the wet areas (kitchen and bathroom) vinyl floor covering.

Is there a minimum rental period?

Yes we have a 6 month minimum rental period for our transportable homes. Once your 6 months is up, you can call us to arrange collection of the tiny home, or continue renting for as long as you require.

What do I need to do when I have finished with my unit?

Please ring or email us when you no longer require the transportable home. Two weeks’ notice is required and from that date we will schedule the collection of your tiny home!