Moving a structure from one location to another is an option for homes in flood zones, historic homes, or even when it’s more cost effective to move a home than build a new one. However, there are some things to know when your client is considering whether moving a home is the right choice.
Permits Will Likely Be Needed
Building permits may be necessary to lift the house from its current site and for work on the site where it will be moved. In some municipalities, there may be permits specific to structural moves, and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles requires permits for moves where the home is wider than 20 feet. Structural moving companies should know which permits will be required for a move in your area.
A Contractor Will Be Needed To Disconnect The House
A general contractor or several specialized contractors will likely be required to disconnect the home’s plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems, as well as assess the foundation. Utilities must also be disconnected.
The Route Will Need To Be Prepared
Preparing the route is one of the biggest costs of moving a home. Lifting low-hanging utility lines along the route is a significant cost factor. Larger homes may also need poles shifted, trees trimmed, signs moved, and possibly traffic control.
It May Be A While Before You Live In The Home Again
It could be months from the point where utilities are disconnected till the home is moved, placed on a new foundation, and reconnected. Not being able to access the home and finding another place to live for the intervening time is another cost and factor to consider.