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A Guide to Choosing Land for Your Portable Home

  • by   Elite Portables
  • 10 Feb 2021
  • Blog

Getting the most out of your portable building means knowing how to choose the best land. There’s no point in giving your Elite Portables home a stunning view if the zoning rules will change to allow high-rises in your area in the future.

Go over our list of top considerations for choosing the best land.


One of the key considerations is topography or the shape of the land you’ll be building on.

Though sloped land is fine to build on, it’s not rocket science to know that the flatter the land, the easier and cheaper to build your portable building.

In many cases however screw piers can be drilled directly into sloped land without excavation and then the portable building can be lifted on to the piers and secured. This can often save a lot of money in the build process.

In the worst-case scenario however, the land may need excavation and this can be expensive.

Though building on high land may offer impressive views, flattening the land means blowing out your budget.


The soil also impacts how easy it is to build on the land.

Different types of soil affect how stable it is to support the weight of the portable building. Soil that is too hard or too soft both need excavation to create firm foundations.

Firm soil is especially important for sites that are close to water or prone to flooding. Meanwhile brownfield land, which used to be farmland but is now being developed, may be contaminated with pesticide and fertiliser residues.


Trees make a big difference to the construction project. They may restrict access to or around a site, drawing out the time for construction or even requiring specialist machinery.

Tree removal is another way to add to the cost of construction, and may require a regulatory permit, depending on the tree and local government area. Be careful about this one, as the land may be difficult to develop if you can’t secure the council permit for tree removal.


Having suitable road access is important, not only for how you’ll live in the portable building once it’s finished, but for bringing the materials in in the first place.

As the trucks will be carrying heavy loads of building materials, the roads need to be stable and wide enough for their access without tight corners or steep driveways.


All land for development is regulated by zoning regulations.

Check to make sure the block you’re considering allows for residential development, including for any home renovations you may want in the future, such as granny flats, sheds or swimming pools.

It also pays to check that there are no special zones nearby that could place restrictions on building. These could include government land or infrastructure, airports, military sites, archaeological sites, heritage buildings, or environmentally sensitive land with protected ecosystems.


Once the portable building has been built, it needs to be connected to water, electricity, internet and other utilities.

Ideally, these infrastructure connections already exist in the area. Otherwise, the cost will be higher to connect.

Choosing not to connect to existing utilities doesn’t necessarily lower the cost, as installing the equipment to live off-grid all come with their own regulations and price tags, from rainwater tanks to solar panels.

In this case, you’ll have to do the math to see if self-sufficiency works out to a financial advantage.

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