I am considering moving a house to some land we own. My question
is,how big a house can I move? Strangely enough, I have had a very
difficult time getting a house mover to give me some solid numbers! Of
course,they always say it is easier to move a ranch, but beyond that,
they start hemming and hawing. They will say something like, "Well it
is expensive to cut up a two story" or "the roadways are about 25ft
wide" or, "well, the route is determined by the DOT which is out of
our control so it depends on that". Well, there must be some
dimensions that are considered reasonable! I understand the fact
that a two story is too high, but how about a cape cod that is 1 1/2
stories? Does anyone have a rough idea of what width, length, and
height(from sill to roof peak) is reasonable?
It really does depend on the roads and clearances and permitting -- I've
seen a 3-1/2 story house moved whole when there was room to do it. I
suspect you really will need to get very specific with the movers before
they will say your idea is reasonable or not.
email@example.com is Joshua Putnam
Anything over 13' means taking down overhead wires, and
going around underpasses, etc. But there really isn't a physical
limit. They move lighthouses, after all. (Not very far, but still...)
Is there some reason why you want to keep the details of
which house, and from where to where, a secret from the people
you're asking to do the job?
Its possible to move very large buildings short distances.
As the length of the move increases so do the
conflicts with wires and other obstacles.
Small homes are much easier to move very far.
Sometimes a large building can be moved in pieces.
firstname.lastname@example.org (David Miller) wrote in message
It sounds like you have called a few movers with general questions.
They aren't about to give you -any- useable answers without actually
looking at the house and the route. The same answer applies to asking
here on the 'net. Call a couple and have them give you an actual bid.
When my grandparents were still around, they moved a church 1.5 miles to
their subdivision. Granted it was a small church that would eventually
become a chappel for the main church. But they did have to have overhead
wires taken down along the route. That antique church that they moved
(and my grandfather) were in a Ford truck magazine ad.
It all depends upon what you want to pay, and assuming possible risk for
repairs if something comes apart. I imagine you may need to pay someone
for a quote, because it could take hours of their time to figure out all
the details of the move.
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