Granny Flats For Sale

Searching for granny flats for sale can be a long arduous task, so this will provide a list of granny flats Australia wide to consider.

Buying New

The very first thing to do when considering a secondary small home, is to check to see if there is council approval for granny flats on the residential property in question.

Australia has over 350 granny flat builders who range from small partnerships consisting of a husband and wife team; through to multi-million dollar businesses listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, employing hundreds of staff nationally. A copy of the of the Transportable Homes Manufacturers Directory, where there are clickable links to all the manufacturers websites; listed by State in Australia.

Each manufacturer has a different policy on whether or not they display their prices of granny flat plans on their website. Some list the basic price, whilst others do not; preferring to talk to the potential buyer and get an idea of what is required so they can identify which homes in their range (see granny flat designs) may be of interest in the right price range. At this point, making a time and day when it is convenient to view those display homes or plans is a great idea. Then the manufacturer can elaborate further, answer questions, talk about the granny flat building process in general and discuss items not included in the price; like connection of the utilities for granny flats and environmentally friendly options, etc.

Buying Used Granny Flats

There is a constant stream of second-hand small transportable homes in Australia; found in newspapers, on community noticeboards, in caravan parks, in Real Estate Agents windows, but mostly online when using the search words ‘granny flats for sale‘.

Buying used granny flats can be a cheaper housing option in Australia; especially for first home owners or people wishing to indulge in DIY and renovate themselves to save money.

Buying from a Caravan Dealer

Every now and then a ‘mobile home’ becomes available. Mobile homes are over-sized caravans that in most cases are not able to be towed due to their very large size even though they are on wheels.

Many people choose these structures as the ‘shell’ of a pending granny flat; deciding to remove the wheels, weld or bolt the chassis to steel posts cemented into the foundation and renovate them. A great example of this is featured in the Summer 2012 Edition of the Transportable Homes Today magazine.

Purchasing a Granny flat from a Newspaper Advertisement

Search in the local newspaper, normally listed under the ‘real estate for sale’ classified ads and in the ‘buildings for removal’ column. Granny flats are advertised in varying states of disrepair and age. Exercise the same caution as when buying any building second-hand; pay for a builder (or preferably a building inspector) to assess the building first, then you will know exactly what you are getting into. Depending what State, termites and other pests may have damaged the building and with a coat of paint, the infestation would be hard to detect.

Buying Second-hand Granny Flats Online

Because people have different names for granny flats it is advisable when searching online to use the following search terms to make sure you don’t miss out on a bargain –

granny flats for sale,

transportable homes for sale,

relocatable homes for sale,

mobile homes for sale, and

cabins for sale.

Also, when typing in keywords to find granny flats for sale, type one of the keywords listed above with your area, ie: granny flat for sale Brisbane. Don’t forget to use granny flat and granny flats (plural), to capture more results.

There are many websites advertising granny flats for sale but the 3 listed below have the most regularly updated listings –

Buying a Used Granny Flat from a House Removalist

Granny flats and small homes are sometimes for sale at a House Removalist’s yard. They are usually stored in the yard until sold; normally elevated about a meter off the ground on what look like pallets amongst many other houses in their yard. Prices ranging from $25,000 to $75,000, depending on condition and size.

The first thing is to get the house removalist out to the vacant block of land to assess what the requirements are. A house removalist would have probably jacked the granny flat up enough for a steerable trailer to back underneath and then hydraulically lift and level the house for transporting to their yard for display.

Normally, most prices seen on a house in a yard include delivery and stumping within 100ks of the yard (not all businesses); there may be fees charged per kilometre thereafter (between $35 – $55 per kilometre). It is up to the owner to be high or low set and will be stumped according to engineers specifications in plans. The company can usually organise any earthmoving and apply for building approvals. Council building approvals can take about a month and once passed, road permits can be approved within 14 days in most instances, then the home can be moved. Note: So house removalists offer finance and allow the new pending owner to work on the home in their yard if insurance is adequate.

Other costs when using a house removalist company are –

Using a draftsperson to to complete drawings of the house plan; some of which will relate directly to the re-stumping of the house.

Extra expenses may be incurred by the requirement of the local Electricity Authority to move power lines.

Additional prices for transporting a granny flat may be required to be paid for a pilot vehicle to escort the load down streets, roads and motorways.

Removal or trimming of trees and lowering of traffic lights is organised by the Council and is another cost to the home owner.

Machinery hire fees for land preparation also costs the owner.

Costs that are unique to the destination; like having to cover deep storm water drains at the entrance of the property.

The Council’s ‘Completion Bond’ is payable by the prospective owner to ensure the submitted and approved plans are adhered to and all specified work is completed. Bond amounts vary with each different Council (see council approval for granny flats). Bonds can be paid in cash, however bank guarantees are used mostly. Note: Bank guarantees can take a long time to set up so discuss the payment with the bank as soon as possible.

5 Tips for Buying Second-hand (see Granny Flats TOP 10 Tips Series)

1. Never buy ‘sight unseen’, go and physically see the home and walk through it.

2. Get a local reputable builder (or building inspector) to check the building’s condition (between $200 – $600 normally).

3. Don’t buy based on photographs; as they can portray a better building.

4. Check the person selling it actually owns it.

5. If possible, hold a small portion of money back until after the home has been relocated and lived in for 2 – 4 weeks. This way you have leverage to get things done that may have been overlooked.

Other Opportunities

When looking for granny flats for sale, keep an eye on community noticeboards.

Don’t hesitate to ring a caravan park. Caravan parks have permanent residents who for one reason or another want to sell their granny flat. These types of opportunities are sometimes advertised online as ‘caravan cabins for sale’, or ‘on-site cabins for sale’.

Also, over 55’s villages have granny flats for sale in gated communities. Information about these types of homes can be found by searching online, one of the largest websites being for luxury resort style living for over 55’s.