Moving a gazebo can be very costly depending on the size of the structure you're moving. Gazebos usually require specially skilled movers and a moving company with the proper equipment.
If you have gazebo about 11-feet-tall or under, you can expect to pay around $400 to $500. This price can go up substantially based on a number of factors.
What extra fess should you expect?
If the gazebo is not prepped, the moving company will increase the final cost. Offset these extra fees by prepping the gazebo for the move and lessening the work the movers need to do.
- Take it apart (if applicable)
- Remove any screws or ropes securing it to the ground
- Remove anything stored inside
If you are looking to move the gazebo long distance, they may also charge you per the mile or for gas used during transport instead of just one flat fee.
We suggest getting estimates from at least three different companies. Ask about charges that may arise during transport before comparing the companies.
Should you attempt to move the gazebo yourself?
When you're planning and preparing for how to best move your gazebo, you might wonder if it's worth it to hire movers at all. Consider all the factors that make large objects so difficult to move -- such as weight, size and overall design.
For example, a gazebo can sometimes weigh up to a thousand pounds and be up to 20 feet in height. Depending on size and design, it can be extremely difficult for just two or three people to get enough leverage to move it on their own.
Specialty movers will have the equipment and training necessary for a successful and stress-free relocation.
How to move a gazebo by yourself
While a flat-bed truck would ideal for this kind of job, not many people have access to this kind of truck. In this case, rent a flat-bed hitch from just about any truck rental company and tow your gazebo from any vehicle you have. Pick-up trucks or SUV are the optimal choice.
In addition to having a vehicle ready to relocate your gazebo, you'll also need these supplies:
- Hydraulic jack
- Two 4x6 wooden boards
- Drill with 2-inch bit
- Two large dollies
- 2" steel pipe
- Logging chains
- Moving straps/chains to secure gazebo to hitch
Moving the gazebo:
- Place the hydraulic jack under the gazebo -- as close to the center as you can before jacking it up. Jacking up the gazebo near the center of the base will allow its weight to be distributed as evenly as possible while it is being lifted. If your gazebo is smaller and doesn't weigh as much, you may also use a regular truck jack for this part.
- While the gazebo is lifted, carefully slide two 4x6 wooden boards underneath. Put one under each end of the gazebo to balance it. Then, slide the large dollies underneath the boards. Put one dolly under each of the 4x6 wooden boards, so that you'll be able to wheel the gazebo to the back of your truck or onto the hitch.
- Drill a hole in the center of the sides of each of the wooden boards and place a 2" thick steel pipe through the holes. The pipe should be long enough to go through both boards and have enough room to spare on either side. Attach your logging chain to the steel pipe and attach the other end of the chain to the back of a truck.
- Tow the gazebo. When you have it in place, use the dollies and the help of whoever is with you to push it onto the back of the flatbed truck or the hitch. Secure the gazebo using the logging chain, moving straps and whatever else you have so it doesn't shift during the move.
- When you have the gazebo in place at your new home, repeat the same process in reverse, remembering to lift the gazebo off the dollies and the wooden boards with the jack before you remove them from underneath.