People move houses for a variety of reasons. They may really like their home, but not the location. It also costs about a third of the money to build a new home. Moving an entire structure can cost as little as $15,000 or as much as $200,000, depending on the size of the structure and the distance to where it will be relocated.
Moving a house is a job for a heavy hauler and requires a specific level of knowledge and expertise. The four-part process requires preparation of the site, elevating the building, the physical relocation, and setting the structure up in its new location.
The home is disconnected from all utilities and the doors to cabinets and other areas are closed and secured. While not absolutely necessary, many people prefer to remove items from walls, shelves and mantles to prevent the potential for breakage. An average of 10 feet is needed around the home to accommodate excavations. Then the process of lifting the home begins.
The home is elevated from its foundation in a painstaking process that raises the house in very small increments with a series of interlinked hydraulic jacks that all work at the same time. When the house is high enough, steel support beams are placed under the home. They work in conjunction with interlocking wooden posts to help steady the structure. Jacks are then placed under the steel beams to further lift the home.
When the needed height is attained, sliding beams are placed underneath and are used to pull the house onto specialized dollies. The dollies are attached to a semi-tractor that will begin the slow and meticulous task of moving the house to its new location at a very slow pace.
Traffic control is required to block oncoming traffic and direct it away from the home’s path. The house moving company has a crew that will remove and then replace mailboxes and other items as needed. The local power company will be needed to move electric lines out of the way.
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