Expandable Container Homes

A 38 m2 home that doesn’t require a builder and is erected in a matter of hours! Sounds almost too good to be true. Read on here for the truth on expandable container homes.


About Expandable Homes

What types of homes are available?

The factory we recommend offers 20 foot’ (6m) and 40 foot (12m) expandable container options. These range from 0 to 3 bedrooms and come with or without a bathroom and kitchen.

The basic home structure can be put into place within a matter of minutes. The finishing touches will take about 1 day. We offer installation instructions that you can read, foundation plans, floor plans and technical data for building approvals.

How It Works


1. Preorder

Speak with your council about what they require for building approval. We find it is often easier to be considered sheds or temporary homes .

2. Prepare Site

Prepare your site including footings, electricity supply, sewage/septic and water supply. If you are construction a roof structure do it after the container home is installsted.

3. Delivery

Delivery can take anything from 1 day to 10 weeks depending on availability in your area. Check our schedule for your nearest port.

About Us

What Does
Instahome Do?

Instahome takes a very different approach to selling imported items than our competitors. We believe everyone should be an importer rather than paying middlemen. So we act as your agent in connecting our clients with the best factories in China. Factories that we ourselves have visited.

We feel it is important to point out the good and the bad about these homes.  We have long term relationships with the factories we work with. Because of this relationship the quality is always high and warranty is always honoured.

Questions & Answers


[tlg_accordion][tlg_accordion_content title=”Do we have stock of the homes in Australia?”]Generally not however we sometimes have unpaired orders. This means that at the time of ordering we didn’t have a second order to fill the container. In these instances we bring the spare in ourselves as the home is usually sold before the container lands in Australia.[/tlg_accordion_content][tlg_accordion_content title=”Do you have a showroom somewhere?”]We sell Australia wide we do not have a showroom you can visit.[/tlg_accordion_content][tlg_accordion_content title=”Are the homes customisable?”]The container homes can be customised in the floowing ways. The number of rooms can be changed. The size of the bedrooms can be changed. The length of the home can be either 20 foot or 40 foot. In some cases the location of the door can be changed. What cannot be changed is the width of the bedrooms, the cabinets in the kitchen, the location of water and power, the width of the building or the height of the ceilings.[/tlg_accordion_content][tlg_accordion_content title=”Are different sizes or layouts available?”]Our homes come in 20 foot or 40 foot versions 0-4 bedroom layouts are available.[/tlg_accordion_content][tlg_accordion_content title=”How long does the process take?”]Depending on whether we have stock in your nearest port, the process can take anything from one day to 8-10 weeks.[/tlg_accordion_content][tlg_accordion_content title=”We are we cheaper than other sellers?”]We don’t hold stock. We use your money to arrange the purchase, importation and transport. You are the purchaser, we only facilitate it for you.[/tlg_accordion_content][tlg_accordion_content title=”Can I get council approval?”]You should not buy an expandable container home before you speak with your council. Some clients choose not to share their purchase with their council. We do not advocate that buy it is important that you know what you are getting into before you buy it. We will give you as much information as you need but the homes DO NOT come with an Australian engineering assessment. a compliance plate or any certificates.[/tlg_accordion_content][tlg_accordion_content title=”How long does it take to build the home?”]The homes are very easy to install without a builder although being handy helps. They can be assembled to habitability in about 2-3 hours. It will take an additional 2-3 hours to install the trims and skirting.[/tlg_accordion_content][tlg_accordion_content title=”Does Instahome do the installation?”]You can either build the homes yourself, or engage a builder to install it for you. We will deliver the home with a full set of instructions and phone support.[/tlg_accordion_content][tlg_accordion_content title=”What do I need to do to prepare the site?”]We recommend that you prepare the site by levelling the ground or preparing levelled footings. Ideally, the home will sit on skids on top of the pads which are attached to the floor joists. You should also have the septic/sewage, water supply and power ready to be attched to the unit.[/tlg_accordion_content][tlg_accordion_content title=”How are water and power connected?”]Electricity is supplied to the unit via a typical caravan style 10 amp plug. The water supply screws into the cabin inlets which are Australian standard. The toilet and grey waste are separate outlets and should be connected with flexible pipe.[/tlg_accordion_content][tlg_accordion_content title=”Are the electrical fittings Australian standard?”]The electrical fittings are made for Australian plugs. There is a 7Kw power board which runs on 220 Volt. The electrical system works but if you ask an Australian electrician they may say you need to rewire it. This will mean surface mounting the wiring.[/tlg_accordion_content][tlg_accordion_content title=”What does delivery cost?”]Delivery is generally from the closest port to you. Prices vary from city to city but we generally work on an average of $5 per kilometre.[/tlg_accordion_content][tlg_accordion_content title=”Can I arrange my own transport?”]Absolutely, we can help you with any details you need but for a 20′ home a tilt tray should be all you need.[/tlg_accordion_content][tlg_accordion_content title=”Do I need a licensed builder to do the installation?”]No, licensed builders are not necessary to assemble the home.[/tlg_accordion_content][/tlg_accordion]

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