Have you ever stared with astonishment at a house sitting on the back of a truck while driving along a highway? There are many reasons people relocate a house, from buyers looking for a budget-friendly house and developers wanting to avoid demolition costs, to a homeowner simply wanting to move a home they love to a new location.
However, it can be a complicated process and one fraught with risks. It’s essential for a specialist in house relocation and removal to carry out the task. It’s also important to consider factors like what the house is made of, how big it is and what the start and end destinations are, all of which affect how the move will be carried out.
Planning a House Move
House relocations usually require an extensive planning and coordination phase. This involves working with local planning departments to ensure they approve of the move and to obtain the necessary permits for both the old and new sites. If you have a mortgage on your home, you may also need to contact your lender to approve the process.
It’s also necessary to gather blueprints and planning documents that outline the structural elements of the property, such as the foundation and support beams. Ideally, you should have the following information handy:
- The length, width and height of the house
- How the house was built
- What the house is made of
Inspections may be necessary to examine the structural integrity of the building. If you fail to do a proper full site inspection, you might find yourself losing the back half of your house after realising your bathroom and laundry are attached to a concrete slab.
Key Risks When Moving a House
Relocating houses involves managing a number of risks which vary from job to job, including:
- Working around essential services like electricity, gas and water
- The risk of falls when working at heights
- The risk of the structure falling from the truck during the move
- Hazards to the move such as trees, ground slopes etc.
- Asbestos exposure
While regulations only require risk assessments to be kept in some circumstances, controlling and managing risks throughout the process is essential.
What House Removal Specialists Consider
A house mover will determine the calculations that go into how to move a house. These will be affected by the route of the move, the structure being moved, and the new site. Generally, a larger home will cost more to move.
Larger houses and buildings can be split into two or more parts to make the transportation process easier and safer. They can then be re-joined at the new site. The biggest considerations are the dimensions of your home and the route to the new site. For example, Energex may have to disconnect overhead wires that are in the way and crossing a railway line requires special escorts.
House Removals in Queensland
If you want to relocate or remove your home in Brisbane or elsewhere in Queensland, the experienced team at Meier House Removals can help! We will ensure your home is moved safely and efficiently with police escorts, pilot vehicles and transit insurance.