What Is The Cost To Move A 10×12 Shed? (Find Out Now!)
Moving can be a complicated endeavor. When we think of moving, we think of taking all of our worldly belongings with us. And for the most part, those worldly belongings fit neatly inside of a cardboard box that we can move ourselves.
Moving a shed will cost between $225 and $500 to move a shed within a 50-mile radius. This is depending on the condition, accessibility and size. Also, it depends on who you hire to move it, any charges due to complex and unforeseen circumstances, as well as how far the shed needs to be transported.
How Much Does it Cost to Move a 10×12 Shed?
It is important that there is no universal flat cost for moving something as large as a shed. The procedures can vary from company to company, so getting quotes first is a great idea. Check out free quotes from those in your area before making a decision.
Different costs. There are also those within a specific area that came in at the low or high end of the spectrum. Whereas one person paid $125 for their move, it may have cost $400 for another. It all depends on who is doing the job.
Because the costs can range so drastically, it is also important to get a better idea of who is doing the job. Finding a more reputable company may cost a little more, but it will certainly be worth the peace of mind of knowing the job is being done safely and responsibly.
For anything within a 50-mile range, one can expect to come in somewhere between the $200 and $500 range. Where the costs can really rise is when it gets outside of that 50-mile radius. Prices can really begin to escalate from there.
What Additional Fees are There?
The best-case scenario is moving a shed within a 50-mile range. But what happens if you are moving states? The range can definitely be more than the aforementioned 50 miles and that is when the costs can rise sharply.
There will more than likely be a surcharge when you get past the 50-mile mark, though it may be 30 miles for some companies. That surcharge is generally in the $1 to $3 range for every mile. If you are moving hundreds of miles, you can see the costs adding up before your eyes.
|Additional Mileage||$1-$3 per mile|
|Permits||Depends on area|
There are also accessories that may be needed to get the job done. Moving ramps are likely going to be required to load the shed onto a truck. Those can run from $25 to $50. If there are skids needed to move the shed, those are somewhere between $50 and $100.
Hourly estimates are also a best guess. There is the chance that the job could take longer than the quote. In that case, the costs would probably bring with it an additional charge. It all depends on the policy of the contractor.
How Can You Save Money Moving a Shed?
There are a few things that can be done to save money when moving a shed. The costs in most circumstances are relatively decent, though they can certainly escalate when the situation becomes more complicated.
- Get quotes. Just like anything else in life, get quotes. Don’t just jump at the first quote or you may be costing yourself money. Look into three to five local companies to get a fair idea of what the entire endeavor will cost.
- Is it worth it? Perhaps the most important question to ask yourself is if it is worth moving the shed in the first place. If you can part with it, it may be better to simply buy a new one and scrap the old unit instead of trying to move it.
- Move it yourself. This can be tricky because not everyone has a truck or the proper help. But with a few friends and rentals, you could always move the shed yourself.
An Overview of the Moving Process
Though it may seem like a scary and daunting process, moving a shed can be fairly easy and cost-effective. It really comes down to two things. The base is the most important part if the base isn’t solid, it can’t be moved. That simple. The second is whether or not it can go into a flatbed low truck.
If the shed is anchored to a concrete foundation or there are issues about stability, then costs will increase exponentially. That’s understandable given there will be more precautions and care going into the move than normal.
Flatbed trailer. During the moving process, the shed gets raised using jacks. This is how they lift the shed onto the flatbed trailer for moving. If the shed is in a difficult spot to access, they may have to move it using a special crane and a winch. As always, those extra services will carry extra costs, so be aware of those.
How to Transport a Storage Shed
If you are set on moving your shed with you to the new location, there are several steps to take to get things ready. By being prepared, you can mitigate the potential surprises that can creep up with a process like this.
- Decide on the shipping method. There are plenty of ways to move a shed if you don’t just buy a new one and leave the old one behind. Sheds can be transported in a trailer, in a truck bed (which should be your last-ditch option), or through a professional service with the tools and transportation needed.
- Clean out the shed for transport. The shed is going to be heavy enough as it is. Remove some of the load by taking out everything from within. Not only that, removing said stuff eliminates the chances of it being broken during transportation.
- Clear a path/dig out the shed. The easier the path, the easier the move. Mow overgrown grass and clear out debris. Most importantly, dig the storage shed out as it can sink into the Earth over time. When properly dug out, create four points at the corners for pickup. They should be able to fit a jack underneath.
- Move. This is where things can differ. If you have a professional doing the job, your work ends here. Just make sure to steer clear and listen to directions. If you are moving it yourself, arrange some PVC or metal pipes under the front part of the shed. Then use the jacks to lift the shed up slowly.
- Load. If you have a forklift or crane, this is easy. Otherwise, do it manually by using the jack and having help. And safety is the most important factor.
Other Things to Consider
If you are looking to move your shed but don’t know who to call, try the local tow truck company. Some of them have the ability to move your shed across town, so if you are within 30 miles, it should work.
Consider the height. Pay close attention to your shed’s height. It needs to be small enough to pass under power lines or bridges in some instances. For the most part, companies will not move sheds that are taller than 10’6”.
Prep is key. You want to reduce the amount of time the contractor spends moving the shed. Follow the prep steps above and you can make it easier for them to get in and move the shed. In the end, it could save you a ton.
Accompany the movers. Make sure you go with the movers so that they know where to place the shed at the new location. Meet-ups can go wrong and that’s just more hourly rates to pay. Make the ride with them.
Ryan Womeldorf has more than a decade of experience writing. He loves to blog about construction, plumbing, and other home topics. Ryan also loves hockey and a lifelong Buffalo sports fan.
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