Dillabaugh Inc.

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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 moved?

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 building?

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 foundation.


What other costs might be incurred with a house move or building raise project?

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 escorts.


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 upon them.


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 they cherish.


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 projected move. 


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, as well.


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!