The weight of and size of a house can sometimes cause difficulty, but these can often be managed with the house mover’s equipment and appropriate planning. Size really becomes a problem when it comes to getting the house from point A to point B.
The journey, especially when it’s long, is sure to be fraught with a number of obstacles, as well as cities and towns which have its own requirements and permits for moving over-sized loads through the area. Many of these barriers are surmountable by splitting the property and then re-joining it at the new site.
The Trouble with Obstacles
For a long time, people wondered what to do if the path to the new site is littered with obstructions like trees, railroad crossings, utility lines, overpasses and curvy roads that require hairpin turns. There’s only so much that can feasibly be done, and many people see some of these challenges and assume the move simply can’t be done.
Some legwork can be done, though. Trees and bushes can be pruned back, mailboxes and other obstacles can be removed and replaced along the route, and utility companies can disconnect and raise wires. These all require permission from relevant councils and property owners to undertake, adding to the cost.
Professional House Splitting
Rather than trying to remove the obstacles and other challenges arising from the route to the new site, as well as the size and profile of the house, you can simply split the property into two or more pieces. This vastly simplifies the process of transporting the structure, ensuring a more efficient and safe relocation process.
Dismantling and rebuilding some aspects of the house is sometimes necessary, even if the house is small enough to be moved without splitting it. For example, brick chimneys or fireplaces in a weatherboard home can mess up the weight ratio. Other parts of the home like the garage built on a concrete slab may have to be left behind.
The process of splitting a house might raise some concerns about whether the integrity of the building will be affected. Indeed, there are some horror stories about wear and tear along the journey, meaning creating problems re-joining the house at the new site. However, these issues usually arise during DIY house removals. As long as you are working with reputable experts, this should not be an issue.
What Kind of Houses Need to Be Split?
In the majority of council areas in Queensland, houses over 8.5 metres wide may be transported in a single shift, but will require an engineer’s certification and a thorough inspection of the route. In other cases where the route isn’t so straightforward, the house will need to be split.
For example, if you are moving your home through the Redland Shire Council areas, including islands like Stradbroke, Russell, Macleay and Morton, houses that are larger than 7.4 metres will need to be split into two parts.
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! Rest assured, we’re able to split homes and re-join them at the new location without impacting the integrity of the home itself.