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Moving A House

Understand what it takes to move an actual house

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Moving A House

Have you ever thought about moving your house? Not just the contents, the actual house? If you are planning or considering to move a house, it’s a good idea to be informed about the process and what it entails.

"Relocating a house is the ultimate kind of recycling. Move a house to a new location, and you’ll not only save resources, but will also potentially save money." From the website Mother Earth News moving a house is the Ultimate Recycling.

Houses are often torn down due to increasing amounts of large-scale developments. Landowners want to build new homes, therefore selling or giving away existing houses. Many of these homes can be recycled. If you decide to purchase and move a historical house or building, it allows for a bit of history to be preserved.

In some cases, the house may not be doing well in its current location, it could be prone to flooding, or the value of the house will increase if moved. Perhaps you love the home you live in now, but need to move due to a change in job, or you just don’t like the present location. All you have to do is move the house, as is, no packing! The interior can stay exactly as it is, leaving you time to figure out the logistics.

There are a lot of moving parts involved in the smooth transition of moving a house to its new home. Almost any house can be lifted by professional equipment. However, any obstacles along the way, such as trees, utility lines, or even overpasses must be taken into consideration. You will need to pay for anything that must be taken down, raised, removed and then put back in place.

In addition to the cost of purchasing the house and having it moved, which is based on size, weight, and length of journey, you may need to consider some or all of the following in advance of the house being relocated to the new site.

  • Cost of purchasing land in new location
  • Building a new foundation
  • Fee for structural engineer
  • Fees for permits and inspections
  • Fees for any construction workers, electricians, plumbers who will disconnect and reconnect utilities in the home
  • Any renovations needed – some companies recommend fireplaces and chimneys be removed and restored at the new location

Hiring or seeking advice with a house mover is recommended. They are able to help in determining how the house can be moved, and transported. In addition, they can also let you know if it’s a financially wise decision.

Once you decide to contact house movers, you will need to provide some information:

  • The size of the house – length, width and height
  • What is the house built from – this can assist when determining the approximate weight of the house
  • Blueprints or planning documents – these will provide the structural elements, such as foundation and support beams
  • This will help to decide what structural support will be required while the house is in transit to the new location

If moving a house is something you are considering, look over the Frequently Asked Questions at WOLFE House & Building Movers website and check out the video.

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