Transport

We ship to a variety of Australian ports. All our standard modular prices include shipping to & through the main Eastern ports of Australia – Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. The changing ownership pick up point will be at an unrestricted holding yard close to the port. Kerdic only installs in the greater Brisbane area.

After acquiring the modular tiny home from Kerdic. The next step is transporting the relocatable modular to the installation site. This is usually a straight forward affair as long as the road is acceptable for a container truck, firm dry grass or firm dry dirt is fine. This transport cost is cheaper than most expect. In Brisbane we can recommend a very experienced and reasonably priced container Truck Company for you.

Wheels on tiny houses, it’s just not realistic, makes a good TV show though. The structures are very difficult to get any form of registration, high dangers involved with towing a tiny houses with wheels- at any speed, try hiring someone to do the towing and also you basically need a truck anyway to tow a standard tiny house with wheels. It is just unacceptable.

Structural certified CSC plated shipping container modular tiny homes can be safely and inexpensively freighted via mated container trucks, this frankly is much easy, better and safer way to transport, end of story.

Installation Options

Contracting Kerdic

Kerdic offers a full turnkey approved installation through your associated Council in the wider Brisbane area, up to a point on the North Coast and down to a point on the South Coast. A standard housing contract agreement giving you all the same protection and warranties. The installation will be done using Kerdic’s extensively experienced professional staff & skilled tradesman.

Sit back and relax, Kerdic will take care of everything.

While this option is more costly upfront, contracting Kerdic as a licensed and experienced builder to oversee your installation is a guarantee of a professional job. Getting the right tradespeople for your project will also mean, they will follow rigorous installation standards and ensure the work is done properly, professionally and safely.
Kerdic understands the importance of getting the work done within the specified time frame. If the modular is in stock, we can usually offer a six week turn around for the completed full installation and certification with council. Contracting Kerdic as a professional builder to undertake the full installation will save you time, energy and give you peace of mind, particularly if this is the first time you have done such an installation.

Securing an Owner/Builder Permit for the Installation

The main advantage of getting an owner/builder permit and carrying out the work for the installation is the monetary savings. Do it once and you will become familiar with the whole installation procedure. Then you will know firsthand how relatively easy the modular tiny homes are to install.  When it suits, you can re-install the same modular again and again in different areas or move on to a new model for a new area.

The Modular Tiny Home is already built to the Australian building code with all the necessary certificates, a saving of at least 30% to as much as 50% is not unrealistic for the full town service installation depending on just how much work you are willing to do. However the electrical connection, electrical check inspection and metering can only be done by a licenced electrician as with the plumbing connection by a licenced plumber.

There is a threshold amount, usually around the $12000 dollars mark of work that can be carried out before an owner builder licence is even necessary. We have had customers that assured us their installation cost will not go above the threshold amount set by the state governments (State Building and Construction commissions) so they will not need the owner builder licence.

However this is not the case for Queensland (check your State), you must include the price of the modular tiny home in the calculation to the threshold permit cut-in amount, which will certainly place you in need of a permit. An online owner builder’s licence course can be done for around $200 and the licence itself around $500. So the installation can be done still very cheaply. While saving money is one of the key reasons for going with the owner/builder option, this may not always be the case if things go wrong. Installing the modular yourself will give you the satisfaction of a job well done. However if things go wrong, it may cost thousands to call in licensed tradespeople to fix the problems. Do it responsibly, safely, legally and to the relevant building code and you will have no problem with the installation or the warranty. Kerdic have comprehensive installation guides available.

Installation for Town Serviced Smaller Models

What you have to equate with the installation of the smaller modular tiny homes is the installation costs are similar across all different size models in the range. The amount of connected services and fees may be the same, Council fees, all the Queensland Building and Construction Commission fees (QBCC), certifier’s fees, tradesman for licenced trades etc.

Modular Mobility

Most permanent modular tiny homes will be set on 75mm x 75mm RHS steel posts welded to the main bearer rails. A 4 inch grinder with a cut off wheel still makes short work to remove these, however to resolve safety issues it can create a fair bit of work supporting the weight etc. If you’re only intending on using the modular accommodation for shorter stays a far quicker, much safer worthwhile option is to order the socketed engineered height adjustable removable legs. Be sure to stipulate this feature as the leg sockets are welded to the inner modular rails in the manufacturing process, However they can be retrofitted quite easily.

The safety and speed comes from being able to remove all the bolts holding the legs to the container, while the container is in place without placing a secondary safety container weight support system to remove the legs. The socketed legs unbolted will still have the container secured from lateral and straight down force (gravity) if done correctly. Once every one is out of the danger perimeter the modular can be lifted, the legs drop off and are placed either in the container or on the container truck. When installing essentially it’s the reverse of above (refer to installation manual).

Technically the standard Kerdic modular homes can be installed very close to the ground as the drainage pipes are contained within the modular and connected from the side. However it’s always best to have them about 300 millimetres off the ground. We have clients in outback Australia, on properties utilising off grid modular tiny homes as movable temporary accommodation with the socketed height adjustable option. It take 25minutes from full bolted inhabitable status to secure on the container truck ready to transport.

Temporary Storage of the Modular

For storing the modular tiny home: even though access is not needed underneath, never place the modular tiny home directly on the bare ground for more than a few days at most or any sub-straight that allows water to pool around the modular base. Corrosion and moisture ingress are amplified when placed or stored incorrectly around the base. For storage purposes we find it is easiest to use timber styes/sleepers placed at 450 to each corner insuring the modular is sitting on the flat edge of the one timber sleeper at the two perpendicular rail points.  This sleeper corner taking about ¼ of the weight. Stacking the sleepers on the corner so the modular is roughly level. Ensure the closest point of any structure underneath the modular and the ground to be at a minimum distance of 100mm.The down side to this is you have some sleeper protruding out the side. This is just a suggestion. Be safe and use common sense.

This storage should be fine for a year for normal rainfall as long as it’s not in a water collection area. However if after a year you haven’t utilised the modular, best jack it up to 300mm off the ground as we recommend for minimum distance on an inhabited installation. We can tell when the modular is placed straight on the ground for a long period or without sufficient forethought, this may void your warranty.

Your journey awaits.