Many people don't want to leave their house behind when they move. If that's the case for you, you can actually move your entire house with you. You may have to move because of work, because of frequent flooding in your current location, or because of any number of other reasons. Whatever your situation is, you don't have to say goodbye to your home when you move.
Finding house movers
Look online or in local papers to find house movers
in your area. Make sure the company you choose has the proper licensure and insurance
. Get quotes from several companies and compare their prices. You should also compare track records. Moving a house is no easy task, so you want to make sure you leave it in the hands of the right people.
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House moving checklist
Here are some things that you must do before moving your house. In addition to following these suggestions, you should double check with your chosen house mover to make sure everything is in order before the move.
Notify your mortgage company
Your mortgage company has financed the purchase of your home, including the land it's on. They must be notified that you intend to move your house.
If you do this without their written approval, they will likely demand that you pay the balance of your mortgage in full. Most house moving companies
have legal experts that can help you in this process.
Obtain the necessary building permits
Before undergoing a house transplant, you must contact a building inspector for both your current location, and the future site of your house. They will inform you of the permits that will be necessary for you to obtain. Usually, you need building permits for both the raising of your house and its installation at the new site.
Find a contractor to disconnect your services
Your home will need to be completely detached from any services before it's moved. It will have to be disconnected from power lines, gas lines, telephone lines, the sewer system, etc. Your house mover should be able to recommend contractors that will perform this service for you.
Consider insurance policies
Find out about insurance coverage. While most house movers will provide you with insurance coverage for your home, you should consider purchasing additional short-term insurance. You want to make sure that you are covered in every situation so that you won't have to cover the costs of any damage that may occur during the raising, transporting, and final installation of your home.
Your house mover should be able to answer any other house-moving questions you might have. If they can't, you should probably select another mover. Moving your house to a new location is certainly a complicated and expensive process, but, if you truly love your home, the benefit of being able to bring it with you may far outweigh the costs.