Frequently Asked Questions - Dillabaugh House and Building Movers
Listed below are some of the more common questions we get in regards to house and building
moving. Of course, the answers are only generalizations because each project is unique in regards to building
type, location, foundation, and destination. We're always willing to answer any questions you might have;
please feel free to email or call us. Our About Us page lists all the contact information.
What kind of structures can be
Generally, types of structures
can be moved. Wood frame, masonry, and steel buildings are more commonly relocated than say, a space capsule.
The most asked about structure type is masonry; it's often believed to be unmoveable. However, we've moved
many a masonry building, whether it be of solid brick, stone, or concrete construction, or simply be sided
with a form of masonry (commonly defined as veneer). Because masonry adds considerably more
weight to buildings, a similar structure constructed with just wood would cost much less. Veneer is
sometimes removed before a move for the owner to save money, especially if the color or style is not
aesthetically pleasing to them.
What about historic homes and
buildings? Can they be moved?
Preserving the past is a large part of our business. We've worked alongside many
historical societies, as well as homeowners to raise, shore, and move structures of historical
significance. If the building is listed in the National Register or other landmark, your local office will
have guidelines and criteria related to structural relocation.
How much does it cost to move/raise a house or
Each house or building moving project is unique and presents its own challenges, such as
structural construction, dimensions, and integrity, route clearance and length, and existing and/or proposed
What other costs might be incurred with a house move or building raise
Some common costs associated with raising or moving your home are any required permits
(check with your county, town, or city), disconnection and re-connection of utilities (including
electrical, plumbing, and HVAC), new foundation construction (footings, crawlspace or basement, etc.), and any
right-of-way costs. Right-of-way costs and permissions usually only come into play when a house or
building is moved. These include any necessary tree trimming, overhead utility handling, and police
Is it possible to replace my foundation or add a
basement without moving my house?
Yes. It is very common for us to raise a house for a foundation to be replaced or added
built. The house would be raised, the old foundation would be removed, any additional excavation would be done,
and a new foundation would be built or poured. When the new walls are ready, the house would be lowered and set
Do you raise houses and buildings located in flood plains?
We do. Living near rivers and lakes offers beautiful scenery, but often homeowners are
plagued by frequent flooding, sometimes severe. Raising these homes allows the owners to keep the homes
How far can my home be moved?
This is a common question, but one that doesn't have a definite answer until we've discussed
your project. Utility lines, trees, road width, and building dimensions all dictate the length of a
My house has an addition with a screened porch and fireplace. Can they be raised
or moved with the house?
Definitely. Sometimes, homeowners choose to remove any or all extraneous structures for
various reasons, including historical insignificance. Decks and attached garages can be raised or moved,
Does your company have any references?
We sure do! These, as well as Certificates of Insurance and other information is available
upon request. If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to
contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!