The Real Meaning of Moving House

Perfect house, wrong location – it’s an all too familiar story. Right size, low price, original features; if only you could pick it up and move it somewhere else. Well, you can.

This is the real meaning of moving house, literally picking it up and moving it, and all of its contents. It sounds simple enough, but many involved in this extreme side of the home removals industry can testify that this process is a minefield of logistical headaches.

First off is the question of cost. Most house moves will run up a cost of $12-$16 per square foot, but this is just the starting price. Financials can rise exponentially if the house is heavy due to construction from brick and stone, if it’s tall or wide, or even if the route from old location to new location is complicated. This doesn’t even take into consideration the cost of any new land, refitting utilities, renovations and new foundations. Ultimately it might just be cheaper to build a new house. Some large houses have to be divided or have their roof removed. Roads with curves and sharp bends, power lines, bridges and underpasses are all obstacles. Many towns also have restrictions on when these house moves can take place, often during the week and after dark.