Preparing for a House or Building Move
Structural moving includes the combination of Supporting & Lifting and then things start going in a whole different direction (pun intended). With the latest in radio remote-controlled hydraulic dollies, the Buckingham Power and Coaster Dollies bring the levels of stress on your building to a historic low. The Buckingham Dollies are designed and built in-house and then used for all of our relocation projects as well as rented and sold to other riggers and structural movers around the world.
We can move structures of any size, weight or type including frame, stone, block, log, and brick houses and concrete and steel commercial buildings, along with the possibility of even moving the concrete slab floor along with some buildings. The reasons for moving a structure can vary across the board from saving a piece of history from demolition, to moving a building sideways 2′ because it was built too close to the property line, to the problem of a house being built in an area that is repeatedly flooding. Any structure can be moved for any reason and there has never been a structure large enough or heavy enough that it could not be moved. Rather the feasibility of the project hinges on a clear move route being possible to take it where you want it to go.
Because of the volume of projects that we bid and the work that goes into clearing a move route, we require that you the customer or your contractor be responsible for providing a clear move route. There are four basic things to check into for each move route: tree trimming/removal, traffic control, overhead utility line removal and if your project goes off-road, then excavation may apply as well.
- Tree trimming is fairly self explanatory; any trees or limbs that would be within the projected move route must be cut down or cut back ahead of time. Most times our customer’s hire a professional tree trimmer to clear the route before hand and also to be along the day of the move in case of anything that might have been missed.
- Traffic control can be as little at stopping traffic while we cross the road or as much as a full detour on a main road while we come through. Many times a Local or State Police escort will be required when going down the road. You or your contractor must talk with the local police or traffic planner to see what will be required for you specifically. If a detour is proposed, than usually a traffic plan will need to be submitted as well.
- Overhead utility lines can be very expensive and time consuming to move. For this reason, most of the moves that we do on the East Coast are within several miles. Overhead lines can be as low as 13′ 6″ above the road, although in most rural areas they are usually more around 15′ to 18′ above the road. Even a single story house will usually be up into the lowest of these wires by the time we get it onto the steel and wheels that we use for moving. To check into the cost of moving these wires, you or your contractor should plan a route for the house, get a “loaded height” from Wolfe House Movers and then call each of the utility companies that own wires in that route. Most cases require calls to the electric, cable and telephone companies. They will likely have to come out, drive the route themselves and then they may give you a firm price or they might give you a per hour charge for each of their crews that they will send out. This can be a deciding factor in some moves so it would be wise to check into these prices before making the decision to move ahead with your project.
- Excavation applies to getting out of the old property, into the new property and any off-road traveling that we might do in between. As house movers, we have the equipment to easily travel most fields, meadows and rolling pastures. We can put down large steel plates to build a road if the ground is too soft and we can even build bridges with steel beams to cross over ditches, streams and creeks. Depending on the terrain, excavation may be required to bring the building through to where it is going. We can handle fairly steep grades but too steep of hills or drop offs can cause problems. This is something you can go over with the estimator when he comes out for a site visit. Another part of excavating the move route is digging a ramp from ground level down to the footers of the new foundation if it is required for your project.