Whether you like the challenge of restoring it to its former glory or simply love the style, there are area-specific guidelines if you plan to move that house. These general guidelines can help you get started should you decide to relocate the home.
Before relocating the home, most guidelines recommend you carefully consider whether to move the building in or out of a historic area. Historical areas tend to come with their own specific guidelines and regulations that generally do not affect those buildings outside that area. Keep in mind how the historic area affects the significance of the building.
When considering historical building relocation, take time to think about the impact the home has on the surrounding neighborhood. How will the loss of the building affect the appearance of the community at large? The landmark commission for the area may decide that the original site’s historical importance outweighs your ownership rights.
Even if the local landmark commission does not require an architectural compatibility assessment, it is a good idea to have one completed. You do not want to endanger the home or the community left behind. Some commissions require this assessment to prove that relocation does not adversely affect the community.
The last thing you want to do is relocate a home that cannot handle the move. A structural engineer can inform you of the expected damage that can happen during a relocation. You will want to show the landmark commission that the move will minimally damage the structure. Ideally, you don’t want the move to damage the property at all, but that is not always possible.
When considering historical building relocation, it is important to discuss your plans with the local landmark commission. These are only general guidelines. The local government may have specific items you must complete before you can actually relocate the home.