Our Process – Delivering your home on budget and on time.

At Anchor Homes, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service and delivering your home on budget and on time. To assist with planning and to help you understand the exact steps of the modular home building process, we have prepared this outline for our standard modular range. If you are looking for a custom designed modular home from the ground up, we follow a similar process, but begin with specialised design consultation, followed by an estimate and approval.


1. Consultation & advice

The first step in building your new Anchor Homes starts with reaching out to our team of Project Consultants. You can call our office on 1300 946 815 or contact us using the contact page on this website. A visit to our office and Display Homes is also beneficial. We will discuss your design requirements and make recommendations as to suitable designs for your project. Where a custom design is the best option for your site, initial discussions will be had around layouts and siting.

Our Project Consultants will spend time to understand your needs and priorities from a design, timing, and budgetary perspective.

Our team will also perform a desktop assessment of your site, to ensure suitability for an Anchor Home. If required, a site inspection may also be undertaken at this time.

Cost: Complimentary
Time: 30 mins – 1 hour
2. Project Proposal

Once our Project Consultant has a detailed brief of your project, we will prepare a Project Proposal outlining the estimated costs for your project. This proposal will include construction costs, any additional options & upgrades you have requested, and pre-construction fees.

At this stage, we will do our best to ensure the proposal includes as much detail as possible, based on the information available. Some items may remain provisional, subject to confirmation on the receipt of site engineering reports, structural engineering, and project specifications.

Cost: Complimentary
Time: 48 hours


3. Design & site engineering

Your project file will now be given to a Pre-Construction Coordinator who will manage your project through the pre-construction phase of our process. A detailed design brief will be prepared, and our team of Designers will start work on your Preliminary Drawings.

Geotechnical Engineers and Land Surveyors will be engaged to perform site classification testing including a Soil Test, Wind Rating, Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Rating, and a Site Feature Survey. The detail from the site classification and survey will then be added to your Preliminary Drawings. Our aim at this stage is to finalise your Preliminary Drawings, ready for submission to Council.

Cost: $12,000 – $18,000
Time: 8 – 12 weeks
4. Council permits (if required)

If your project requires a planning permit, Anchor Homes can handle this process on your behalf. We will also obtain any supplementary reports required by Council to accompany your planning application. These additional reports may include a Land Capability Assessment (LCA), Bushfire Management Statement & Plan (BMS/P), Landslip Risk Assessment and an Arborist Report.

You are welcome to engage your own Town Planner to handle this process also. Any additional drafting work required by your Planner will be charged to you at an hourly rate.

Cost: $4,000 – $10,000
Time: 12 – 24 weeks, depending on the Council
5. Specification selection & documentation

While your Planning Application is processing at Council, you will meet with one of our Architectural Designers to make your Colour & Specification selections. Following this appointment, we will then prepare a detailed specification schedule for your review.

Our Architectural Designers will now prepare full Construction Drawings, ready for Building Permit lodgement. We will also obtain structural engineering for your project, if required.

Upon the preparation of your Construction Drawings and Specification Schedule, we will obtain a 6-Star Energy Rating.

Our aim at this stage to finalise your Construction Drawings and Specification Schedule, ready for your Contract.

  • Nil. Included in initial Pre-Construction fees
  • Structural engineering (if required): $1,500 – $3,000
Time: 4 – 8 weeks, unless running concurrently with Town Planning
6. Contract

Once we have finalised your Construction Drawings and Specification Schedule, our estimator will prepare a detailed Contract Costing Breakdown. We will then prepare a Master Builders fixed-price contract for you.

Upon signing the contract, your Deposit invoice of 5% of the contract sum will be payable.

Cost: 5% of contract sum (Deposit)
Time: 2 – 3 weeks


7. Building permit

Our team will now obtain your Building Permit. Construction cannot commence until your Building Permit has been issued.

If your project includes a Waste-Water Treatment System (Septic), a Council Permit to Install will also be required. We will obtain this on your behalf. This Septic Permit is required by the Building Surveyor before a Building Permit will be issued.

Cost: Nil. Included in 5% Deposit
Time: 2 – 6 weeks
8. Construction

Now the exciting part! Our team will now start work on the construction of your new home. Your Project Manager will keep you informed with regular progress update and photos, and you are welcome to visit our facility to inspect your new home under construction.

Below is an outline of each step in the construction phase:

  • Frame stage: Our team will start by fabricating the steel base frame for your home, and any other steel components in the wall and roof structure. Our carpenters will then install particle board flooring, build the timber wall & roof structure and brace the frame ready for the lock-up stage. A Building Surveyor will also inspect the frame.
  • Lock-up stage: The roofing and guttering will be installed on your new home, and external cladding, windows & doors will be installed. All decking will be installed on prefabricated steel frames. Our plumbing and electrical contractors will also run their wiring and pipework ready for the fixing stage.
  • Fixing stage: Our plastering team will now install plaster and cornice. Carpenters will then fit architraves, skirtings and internal doors. Our cabinet makers will install all cabinetry including the kitchen, laundry cupboards, wardrobe shelving and bathroom vanities. Tilers will lay and grout all tiles, while the plumbers install baths, basins, sinks etc. and electricians fit-off light-switches, power-points and light fixtures.
    Finally, your flooring will be installed, and your home will be prepared for delivery.

A few weeks prior to the delivery of your home, we will undertake all site preparation work including excavation, foundations, retaining walls, etc. in anticipation for delivery day.

  • 20% of contract sum at Frame Stage
  • 25% of contract sum at Lock-Up Stage
  • 40% of contract sum at Fixing Stage
Time: 8 – 10 weeks
9. Delivery, installation & site fit-off

Delivery of your home can take 1 – 3 days, depending on your site location. Your home will be delivered to site in modules and re-assembled within 1 day. We will then complete any outstanding plastering & painting work, install sub-floor cladding, commission the electrical and plumbing infrastructure, install stairs & balustrade, and connect your home to services. Any additional structures such as garages or carports will also be built on-site.

Cost: 10% of contract sum at Completion
Time: 6 – 10 weeks

10. Handover

With your Site Supervisor, you will inspect your new home to ensure all details are completed to your satisfaction. A Building Surveyor will also perform a final inspection and issue a Certificate of Occupancy. The home is handed over to you ready for many years of enjoyment!

Please note: The timeframes provided above are indicative only. We will provide you with detailed timeframes specific to your project.