Building Moving Checklist
- Check with your building inspection department, some may require special permits, or that you request the move at a public meeting, etc. Find out if a bond is required for any phase of the move. Get the locality's written policy for the moving of buildings. Let them know you are looking into moving a building, sometimes they can give you good advice. (Sometimes not- not everyone supports building moving. We like to think of that as lack of knowledge about the benefits building moving provides, but we are trying to spread the good word!) Give any information from the locality to the mover, as it can affect the estimate you receive, or some movers may not be able to obtain bonds or excessive insurance requirements that some localities require. Make sure you can move the house to if your lot is in a subdivision.
- Is a mover available when this building needs to be moved? Have the mover check the building, route and get a proposal for the move. Also, be sure the mover has liability, building ("cargo") and Workman's Compensation insurance - some may not! Feel free to call the mover’s insurance company to verify this information. (Our company has liability and auto insurance in amounts that exceed the state requirements and cargo insurance through a top rated insurance company).
- Have the mover give you an estimated height of the building loaded and ready to move. Check with electric, telephone and cable companies to see if wires will need to be moved along the route.
- Can you get financing for the move? Some banks will not finance moves, or have extra requirements. Is the move within your budget? Find out from the mover what you are financially responsible for.
- DO YOUR HOMEWORK! In other words, research your mover. Take the time to look at the mover’s past projects and talk to past customers. Ask the mover for references, especially from other businesses. The Internet can also provide valuable information about movers.