Homes free to good home
SHOPPERS looking for a free home – yes, free – can find it under the Houses for Removal section in Weekend Shopper.
Technically, the house will cost you the price of removing it, but if you are prepared to move it, then it’s yours.
There aren’t a lot of homes available but, then again, removal isn’t for everyone.
But for those interested, it’s possible to obtain a “free house for removal, 2.5 bedrooms, VJ ceilings and walls, weatherboard, A/C, clean and tidy at Woody Point, remove at own cost” or “give away free, workers cottage, good condition, interested party to remove house, Holland Park.”
Atlas House Removers is a third generation family owned and operated business that supplies, transports and restumps homes in southeast Queensland.
According to Erin Wright from Atlas, one of the most advantageous things about people choosing to obtain a pre-owned house is that they are recycling homes.
“Recycling is great for the environment. The best thing about our business is that a structure is being reused for its intended primary use,” Erin said. “We don’t have to melt anything down or change the materials in any way. Look at the timber and forests we are saving.
“We run an adoption program where we marry up people seeking a home with people looking to sell or give away their existing home.
“In many cases, people are willing to give away their home rather than have it demolished and become landfill.
“Not only is this good for the environment, it’s also retaining our heritage and our way of life. And because it’s a pre-existing structure people can see what they are getting. It’s a much cheaper option and it takes a lot less time to reconstruct.”
The timeframes involved in relocating a home depend on the structure of the home and whether it’s transported in sections.
If it’s transported in one move, it takes about a week to put it back together. If it’s transported in two pieces, it takes two weeks.
While the idea of a home being cut in two to be moved may frighten some people, it’s actually not as bad as it sounds.
“A home that’s cut into sections and put back together will have the same structural integrity as before; if not more,” Erin said. “We always choose to cut along natural joins and ensure all care is taken when it is rejoined.”
Atlas House Removers sells preloved homes ranging from $50,000 to $150,000 and typically, these are older homes requiring renovation.
“Many of them will need a new roof, kitchen, bathroom and laundry. At least this is the advice we give our customers and anything that doesn’t need redoing is a bonus. Either way it’s still a lot less expensive than a new home,” Erin said.
“People moving a home onto an existing block will require council approval and they will need to arrange for it to be hooked up to sewage, water and power.”