FAQs

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1: Why move a structure?
2: Why raise a structure?
3: What factors are considered about moving a structure?
4: Can a two story structure be moved?
5: Do I have to get any permits?
6: What kind of prep work do I have to do before the movement of my structure takes place?
7: What is the process of moving a structure?
8: Can the foundation be laid before the structure is moved?
9: Will Layman Const. Co. and House Moving act as a general contractor or should I get my own general contractor?
10: What contractors will need to be involved?
11: How far can a structure be moved?
12: Can additions, porches, and attached garages that are on a slab be moved with the structure?
13: How long does it take to move a structure?
14: Will the structure develop cracks in the walls?
15: Do you buy and sell structures that need to be moved?
16: How much does it cost to move a structure?
1: Q: Why move a structure?

A: Moving a structure is cheaper than new construction and most older structures use better material. If you want to build a new structure and have extra land, you can move the old structure to a different location in order to sell or rent it. This saves thousands of dollars in demolition costs and produces a new source of income.

2: Q: Why raise a structure?

A: A new foundation might need to be installed because an old/poorly built foundation could be settling and making the structure out of level. Structures might also need to be raised out of a flood plain. Structures on a crawl space can be raised to add a full basement or a whole new first floor for added living space.

3: Q: What factors are considered about moving a structure?

A: We must consider whether or not your structure would be physically possible to move from its current location to the area you are considering. This process includes the following:
Is the structure too wide to transport down the road between trees, telephone poles, mailboxes, bridges, and narrow country roads? If the structure is presently too wide, we can cut the structure in two or three sections and transport them separately to a new location and then attach them back together.
Is the structure too tall when it is loaded on our equipment to fit under utility/power lines, traffic lights, large trees that can’t be cut, and bridges? If the structure is too high one of two things can be done: the wires and traffic lights can be raised or a section of the roof can be removed.
Is the structure structurally strong enough for the move?
Is the structure high enough off the ground for us to place our equipment or are we going to have to dig to get under it?
How is the terrain where the structure is presently located and at the new location?
Is there brick on the exterior of the structure, or a fire place, and are they going to be removed or moved with the structure?
Some of these factors add little to no cost to the customer, but some add a substantial expense to the customer.

4: Q: Can a two story structure be moved?

A: We move two story structures all the time. If the route will not accommodate the height of the entire structure then there are other options available:
We can remove the roof and transport it separately.
We can cut the structure horizontally between the first and second story. Then, place bracing and steel in the second story. Next, we take a crane or a team of cranes and lift the second story up and drive the first story out from under the second story. Finally, we can transport the sections separately and reassemble the sections at the new lot.
The customer can work with the utility/power companies to have the wires and traffic signals raised.

5: Q: Do I have to get any permits?

A: Layman Const. Co. and House Moving is a Tennessee state licensed structural mover and general contractor. We can coordinate and acquire all city and state permits for the movement of the structure. Every city/county is different on the set up of a structure on a new foundation and we can assist the owner in acquiring any permits needed to set the home back up.

6: Q: What kind of prep work do I have to do before the movement of my structure takes place?

A: Shrubs around the structure that you would like to save should be removed, the new footers need to be poured, any part of the structure that is not going to be moved needs to be taken from the work area, and in certain cases some of the duct work and plumbing have to be removed. Layman Const. Co. and House Moving is a full service moving company, we can do everything needed to prep the structure for the move including digging and pouring footers and laying foundations. Ask us if you want everything or just a portion of the prep work completed so that we can provide an accurate bid.

7: Q: What is the process of moving a structure?

A: First, we place our equipment under the structure and raise it off the old foundation using our unified jacking system. Then, we hook our truck and our dollies to the structure and move it to the new lot. Next, we level the structure over the new footers. Finally, after the foundation has been laid, we come back and lower the structure onto the new foundation.

8: Q: Can the foundation be laid before the structure is moved?

A: In most cases it is better to wait and lay the foundation after the structure is placed over the footers, but sometimes part of the foundation must be laid to get the structure on the new lot. When Layman Const. Co. and House Moving visits your lot, we can let you know the best plan to fit your exact needs.

9: Q: Will Layman Const. Co. and House Moving act as a general contractor or should I get my own general contractor?

A: We do act as general contractors in many cases but most of our projects are directly focused on the move or the raise. If you have some construction knowledge and know some contractors in the area you can act as your own general contractor.

10: Q: What contractors will need to be involved?

A: Plumbing, HVAC, foundation contractors, and in some cases electricians and carpenters.

11: Q: How far can a structure be moved?

A: This depends on the width and height of the structure and the sizes of the roads in the area.

12: Q: Can additions, porches, and attached garages that are on a slab be moved with the structure?

A: Yes.

13: Q: How long does it take to move a structure?

A: Generally it takes one to two weeks to complete the entire process. However, weather conditions, permitting, and foundation contractor’s schedules must be taken into consideration.

14: Q: Will the structure develop cracks in the walls?

A: Occasionally, a hair line crack will develop over a door or window. Usually, this happens when the structure is set down onto the new foundation because the old foundation was not as level as the new one. Though we are fully insured, hair line cracking is unlikely but not covered. However, any major cracking would be covered to all customers.

15: Q: Do you buy and sell structures that need to be moved?

A: Yes, if you have a good quality structure that you want removed from your property then give us a call and we can assess it. If you are in the market for a structure then refer to our inventory page. Please feel free to give us a call and we can put you on our list to receive inventory updates.

16: Q: How much does it cost to move a structure?

A: The cost to move a structure depends on several factors. Please take the time to fill out our Request an Estimate Form. If the preliminary estimate is in your budget then we can come out and personally look at the details of your move in order to provide a firm price.

Contact Us

Layman Const. Co. and House Moving
111 Layman Way
Parrottsville, TN 37843
Office (423) 623-1131
Cell (865) 322-0538