House lifting – moving an entire building from one site to another – can be an unusual endeavor for a homeowner. Usually, this is done to relocate a home to a safer spot, or after purchasing an old house that would be demolished anyway. Before the project begins, though, there are financial and logistic concerns to address.
House moving businesses are typically family-owned and apprenticed, with the necessary equipment and engineering experience. This means that the moving contractor will be able to work with you in planning the operation. It can go over the engineering requirements, the route to take, the work to be done on the structure at the start and finish, and whether it’s all financially feasible.
The house lifting contractor can handle the actual work and the majority of the planning, without so much as you renting equipment. Even when you need to work with local housing departments and inspectors, or contact the bank to get approval, the house mover will help mediate this.
The biggest logistical issue to address is the relocation. After planning the route, you and your moving contractor will have to consult with utility companies and other homeowners, as well as obtain moving permits.
Finally, the actual moving begins. The mover cuts openings in the foundation to insert steel support beams. A system of hydraulic jacks lifts the house in unison to keep it level – so level that rarely does the homeowner have to remove furniture first. Sliding dollies with tires are placed underneath and attached to a truck to begin hauling. Workers follow the truck over the next few days to ensure the route is clear and the home makes its trek safely. At the end point, the new foundation is poured, the house lowered, and the utilities reinstalled. The homeowner need not do anything at this stage.
House lifting can seem daunting, and rightfully so. However, professionals are available to aid with planning and supply the labor to get your house on the move.