What should I consider when deciding whether or not a move is feasible?
Is it physically possible to move the house to the area you are considering? Are there narrow or busy roads, bridges, utility lines, large trees, traffic lights or any other obstructions that would physically prohibit the move? Although it is possible to have some of these things temporarily removed, it may not be financially feasible. Remember too, that the house will be higher once it is on the beams and ready for relocation. You should also check with your local authorities and find out what permits may be required.
How much does it cost to get an estimate for raising or moving my building?
Nothing. We provide estimation services for free. If your job is quite a distance from us however, we may request that you e-mail or send us pictures of the site and building so that we can give you a general estimate first.
Generally the entire process of moving or raising the home and building the new foundation is completed in one month or less. Weather conditions, our schedule, and the masonry contractor's schedule must be taken into consideration however
How much does it cost to raise or move a house?
There is no set price that covers all houses. Every house is unique in size, shape, and weight. We must also take into consideration the following:
Can fireplaces, porches, and additions be saved?
Generally yes. We use a hydraulic jacking system to raise our buildings. This insures that all parts of the building are raised in a gentle unform fashion. It should be considered whether or not fireplaces, porches and additions are worth the extra cost that will be incurred however, since they will add to the price of the move. If it is determined that they should be removed prior to the move, it is the customer's responsibility and removal must be completed prior to our starting work.
In some cases, it is possible to move a house for 100's of miles or more. However due to narrow roads, bridges, utility lines, trees, and traffic control issues, most buildings are normally only moved less than 100 miles.
What is the customer expected to do prior to the home being moved or raised?
Generally speaking, you must have all services disconnected and the basement or crawlspace totally cleaned and stripped down. If fireplaces, chimneys, or porches are being removed, this must also be completed. Some excavation may also be required beforehand. Local building code requirements should be looked into and permits should be obtained before work commences. You should also make certain that you have permission from neighbors or owners of any surrounding property that may become at all involved in the process.
Will the house develop cracks in the interior walls?
Yes, any house that will be moved can develop cracks in the drywall and plaster. On occasion, cracks may develop over doors and windows. It is possible that some cracks may appear after the house is set on its new foundation however. This is because the old foundation may not have been as level as the new one and has nothing to do with the house moving process at all. Please note that although we are fully insured, for structural damage, cosmetic interior damages will not be covered IE drywall cracks. Although minor cracking is not covered, any major damages would be covered. Our track record is clean and we can supply you with references upon request.