Moving a house can seem like a massive undertaking. The practice of moving a house is often referred to as structural moving. No matter how you look at it, a lot goes into moving something as large as a home.
One of the main benefits of moving your house is that you can relocate it to anywhere you want. You can move it on your property or onto another property entirely. Some people sell homes at a discount to get them off their land.
Although not technically relocating, one reason to move a house vertically is to repair the foundation. The house is lifted, and then workers repair the foundation. Then they set the house down on the new foundation.
Structural moving takes a lot of preparation and planning. You have:
- Site preparation
- Building preparation
- The actual move
- Settling the house on the new foundation
Each of these steps involves multiple smaller time-consuming steps. This makes moving a home a huge undertaking.
The cost depends on the house. A small structure will cost less than a larger structure. One story will cost less than two most times. If you plan to have a house moved, you can expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000 depending on your state, the permits necessary, electrical or other lines in the way, and your foundation.
The initial quote may not include things like the new foundation or repairing damage to the structure. You need to budget for these as well.
When you decide to do such a massive undertaking, there are always risks involved. If your house has hidden decay, instabilities or structural issues, then moving may cause more damage than the home is worth.
Structural moving is a huge decision. It requires careful evaluation and planning. It can also be very rewarding when you can move a long-treasured home to a brand new location.