What Do You Need for a House Relocation?

Do you love your home but wish it was in a different location? While some people build their dream homes, another alternative is a house relocation.

In the United States, millions of people relocate each year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 37.5 million people, or 11.5% of the population, moved from 2013 to 2014. This was consistent with the roughly 12% of people who moved each year since 2008.

Many of those people could have taken their homes with them when they moved if they’d chosen to relocate their homes. Instead of moving to a new home, a house relocation means you bring your house with you. Read on to learn more about what you need when you relocate your house.


Arguably, the hardest part of moving your home is planning for it. This is because there are a lot of moving pieces that are part of the process.

If you have a mortgage on your home, you’ll need the approval of your bank or loan company in order to move it. But that’s not all. You’ll likely need inspectors to come to your home in order to determine your home’s structural integrity. They will ensure your home is fit to be uplifted and removed from its existing location.

There may also be the need for contractors to create a foundation where your home will be moved. This will also entail receiving permits from the local government to be sure you are doing it by the book.

You should focus on those tasks in addition to speaking directly with your home mover about the pending relocation.

Preparing for the Move

After the pre-planning phase, you will also be tasked with prep work with your home to ensure it is ready to be removed from its current location. This will include disconnecting all utilities, and it may require the assistance of professionals like an electrician or a plumber.

Since removing your home from its foundation requires excavating it, you will need to remove plants, trees, and other objects located close to your home. Often, this means going approximately 10 feet out from the walls of your house. Depending on the laws and regulations where you live, you may need to receive a permit to remove certain trees from your property.

The Move

Your house relocation will begin when the moving company inserts steel beams into openings they cut into the walls of your foundation. These are strategically placed in the foundation in order to help support the weight of your structure.

To stabilize your home during transportation, interlocking wooden posts are put together around your home. These help your home stay secure during transportation to a new place.

Your moving company will also use X, Y skates—these structural moving skates support the load of your home. On an X,Y skate, you can split up the X and Y axes to allow the skate to support double the standard weight compared to when it is combined.

Wrapping Up: Choosing a House Relocation

Relocating your home can be a great way to have the house you love in the place you want it to be.

At Hevi-Haul, our mission is to “create value with products that move the world.” We were established in 1938, and our X, Y skates and roller dollies have been used to help families and businesses relocate for many years.

Contact us today to learn more about our products and how we can assist you with your next move!