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What should I look for when evaluating a structural moving company?
You can start by reading How To Choose a Structural Moving Company — What Everyone Ought To Know. We covered some basic elements you should look for when scouting a firm for your project. Please contact us if you have any questions.
How much will it cost to move my house?
If you’re curious about what your project will cost, we would love to speak with you and provide a price quote. Moving a house or building is a complex process, and many factors affect the cost to move a house or structure. We have to account for the structure’s size, age, location, accessibility, move distance, and more. Whether the house is on a crawlspace or basement can effect the cost too. Please visit our How Much Does It Cost To Move a Building? guide to learn more.
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?
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.
We worked with a real estate developer to move the Harriet Rees House in Chicago to preserve its landmark status.
Will moving an historic building or house change its classification?
It might change the building’s classification. We recommend discussing your planned move with your State Historic Preservation Officer before the 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?
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 or lifting my house?
Please visit “How To Prepare Your House To Be Lifted or Moved.” This page outlines what you can expect and tips on how to prepare for your house moving or lifting project.
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.
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More on How To Prepare Your House To Be Lifted or Moved
Every structural moving or lifting project requires careful preparation. Here are more details on what you need to know before you decide to lift or re-locate your home.