FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please use our helpful and free information below to inform yourself about the ins and outs of house and building moving. Once you know more about the requirements and potential hazards, we feel you will be better equipped to choose the right mover to suit your needs. We provide this free resource to you because we want to compete for your business.
We recommend that you take a look at our photo gallery to see a move in action. This will also help to give you a better understanding of your own project.
Why Would Someone Want To Move A Structure?
  • The Home or Structure is Historic
  • The Home or Structure is Sentimental
  • To Clear Land
  • The House or Structure is "A Good Deal"
  • Recycle the home, Save our landfills, Move a house, Save the trees
  • Its affordable and it saves money! Most of the time It can be done for less than 50 cents on the dollar.
  • Saves on construction time! You can be in a moved house faster than a newly built home, majority of the time.
  • Your taxes are cheaper !!!
  • You can get green credits and benefits from local and federal programs depending on what and where you are.

What Should I Think About When Deciding On Moving A Structure?
Have a mover look at the project first!, It usually cost to have a mover look over and inspect it the home and run out the different routes because there may be more routes than one that are possibilities. The move will pick the best route and most least costly route, a reasonable fee usually comes with it and if the movers gets the job some movers will give some rebate on the go look fee. Always remember you have to deal with building inspectors and building codes but usually the mover can sometimes help you with that and its all in approach to your project and people involved.
Is it physically possible to move the house to the area you are considering? Most of the time! question is are there narrow or busy roads, bridges, utility lines, large trees, traffic lights or any other obstructions that would physically prohibit the move? This is determined by the moving contractor. Although it is possible to have some of these things temporarily removed, it may or may not be financially feasible. It depends on the project and what the cost are Some of our customers have had some utility companies offer to raise lines for free while others have had to pay for some of it are all of it depending on the project and who's behind it. Such as nonprofit , community effort, people involved, church projects, lots of things can come into play for someone needy.

How Far Can A Structure Be Moved?
Structures have been moved cross-country on trucks, floated on barges, and airlifted with a cargo helicopter. If money is not an issue, there is a structural mover that can and will relocate the structure. Moving depends on the type of building and where the building is located in the state. In almost all cases, after a permit is obtained the building can be moved with proper supervision and stand-by equipment. In some states, it is possible to move a house for miles. In certain highly populated areas, due to narrow roads, bridges, utility lines, trees and traffic control issues, most buildings are normally only moved a few blocks away, across the road, on the same lot or across a field.

What Is The Time Frame On Moving A Structure?
Generally the entire process of moving the home can be completed in one or two weeks. Weather conditions, scheduling and permitting must be taken into consideration however.

What Does It Cost To Move A Structure?
Each individual house or structure is different with its own degree of cost and difficulty. Most bids are priced by the “square foot”, though a house mover may choose to charge by the mile. The majority of a house mover's bid is estimating the cost of getting the structure prepared, out of where it is, and into where it is going. Variables that may affect a house mover's bid are as follows:

  • Distance - long distance moves can be more expensive, depending on the structure.
  • Moving Costs - Ever-increasing costs of insurance, permit and other requirements, i.e., tools, fuel, assistance, labor etc.
  • Scheduling -Certain moves are permitted only at certain times of night or day. House moving can be “seasonal” in some areas. With this in mind, certain times of the year are very busy for house movers, depending on the weather.
  • Structure size - Typically speaking, the bigger the structure, the bigger the price.
  • Cuts - The structure that must be cut (a cut often means an individual move for each section) is generally more expensive. Thus, more permits, trucks, time etc.
  • Structure Type affecting labor - For example, a brick structure may require the removal of its brick exterior. A log cabin may need to be braced and banded with a branding machine. The slab house, the metal frame house etc. may require more labor and time.
  • Inner City Moves - Among many other variables, the mover may travel 10 miles to move a structure 2 city blocks.
  • Structure Height - Typically speaking, the taller the structure, the higher the price.