Moving a historic building through the narrow streets of New York City certainly isn’t an easy task. Each job we undertake is unique in its own way and requires our complete attention to every detail, whether it’s a three-story barn, a 300-ton sycamore tree, or a triple-brick mansion built in 1858. Our years of experience and use of modern building moving technologies have served our customers very well. We welcome the opportunity to complete any structural moving project, no matter how large or small.
How much will it cost to move my house? Moving a house or building is not an easy process. There are many variables involved such as: the structure’s size, age, location, and more. The presence of a basement will make the move more involved and affect the price as well. Please contact us for an individual house moving estimate.
Does moving a building or house reduce its integrity?
A qualified house or building mover knows exactly how to position the equipment, gauge the weight, and properly transport your structure from one location to another. When done right, the integrity of your house or building should not be affected.
How long does it take to move a house or building?
Most moves can take anywhere from one day to several weeks, depending on the size, location, age, and structural limitations.
I am located in a flood zone. Can I benefit from your services?
Absolutely. We have many clients who love their homes or buildings but are constantly flooded by local streams and rivers. By raising the structure of your home or building, you can maintain your property and not worry about the weather forecast.
If I have a historic building, will moving the house change its classification?
Possibly, it may change your classification so we highly recommend discussing your planned move with your State Historic Preservation officer prior to your relocation.
Will the resale value of my house be the same if I move it?
Site location is one very important factor which contributes to a home’s resale value. The relocation site must be carefully considered when planning the move. We recommend getting advice from a professional real estate broker in determining whether there will be a change in value. In most cases the house will be worth more because the building will be moved to a more desirable site that the owner has chosen for that very reason.
Must I buy separate insurance to cover the building move?
Although Wolfe House Movers carries full comprehensive insurance to cover your building move, including structural damage, from raising the building to transporting it to the new site, it is always wise to buy short term insurance to cover unforeseen problems over which we have no control such as previously existing structure faults and possible inadequate insurance coverage by any of your utility contractors.
Is it necessary to notify my mortgage company before I move my house?
Absolutely. Your mortgage company has financed the purchase of your building including the land on which it sits. Your mortgage company must be notified of any change that affects the address of your house as it appears on the deed. Without their written approval, they may require that the full amount of the mortgage be paid in full. Our legal contacts can help you to smoothly transition the change without penalty.
What permits or licenses are required for moving my house, and who is responsible for getting them?
Currently, it is unusual that a permit is required for raising a building except for in Georgia. New foundations almost always require a building permit.
How do I find a contractor to disconnect all services before the move and reconnect at the new site?
Wolfe House Movers can recommend a number of general contractors who can supply all the services needed (plumbing, electrical, HVAC, foundation engineer) before and after moving your house. We will work closely with your choice of contractor to make sure that the building move is completed efficiently and economically from start to finish. And, although you will be responsible for the financial arrangements with the contractor, we will insure that a smooth transition takes place so that your building is moved quickly and without stress.
Who is responsible for damage that could happen to other persons’ property while the building is being moved?
We are responsible for damage to any property while moving a house or building to another location off site. If we are simply lifting a house on site, our agreement usually state that we are not responsible for damage to neighboring properties. Normally, we require customers to get written permission from their neighbors to access their property as required. We will provide you with a certificate of liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance.
Do you supply written advice or tips on moving my house?
Yes, we will be glad to provide you with a brochure outlining our building move procedures, tips for your move, and a list of references and successful structure moves, large and small.
Will I receive a written contract clearly showing me the responsibility of all parties involved in the move?
Details of the move, as well as responsibilities by all parties involved from raising the building to the destination site will be stated in writing for your approval, and no work will be performed without your written approval. We don’t believe in “surprises”. We want you to be completely aware of the operation from start to finish.
Can you build the foundation on which my building will be moved to?
Although Wolfe House Movers does not construct foundations, we can supply you with the names of several contractors who can supply this service. We will work closely with the contractor to insure that they are familiar with the building and its requirements before you engage their services.
What if I have questions that are not addressed in these FAQs?
We strongly recommend that you email us or call 610-488-1020 for further information.