Answers to Common Questions

Q: Why are structures moved?

A: There are many types of structures that are moved. The main reason a structure is moved is because someone wants to salvage it. Other reasons are because these structures are in the way of progress and there’s no longer a need for it in that particular area, therefore, it is moved so it becomes of more value in a different area. In some cases it is actually less expensive to have a structure moved than to demolish it.

Q: Can my structure be moved?

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 involves several evaluations. First, we must evaluate if the structure is too wide to be moved without separating it into two or more sections. Several reasons a structure is too wide would be due to the following: too difficult to remove from present location, and/or too difficult to deliver to desired destination due to large trees, or other obstructions too large or not removable, too narrow or busy road/streets to travel, or certain bridges to cross. Again, this may be compensated by separating the structure into sections. Second, we evaluate if your structure will be too high once it is loaded onto beams to be moved. Several reasons a structure is too high would be due to the following: utility lines or other power lines, traffic lights, and large trees. This may be compensated by the raising of utility lines, removing traffic lights and large trees, and/or removing a portion of the roof. Other obstructions, the structural integrity, or the terrain can also prohibit or hinder any move and are evaluated at the time of an estimate. Most circumstances can be overcome with little, to no additional expense to the Customer, however, some of these circumstances can add substantial expenses to the Customer which would cause the cost of the structure to become less, to not cost effective.

Q: Can I get a ‘ballpark’ estimate for my structure to be move?

A: When it comes to moving structures, no two circumstances are the same, even if the structures are identical- the surrounding challenges are always different. Moves are charged by the size of the structure to the degree of difficulty. Please use our simple Estimate form, under the Estimate tab at the top of the page, to have us provide you with a general free bid. Really, the best and most cost and time effective way to obtain an estimate would be for us to evaluate the entire situation regarding your considered move.

Q: Is my move cost effective

A: It totally depends on the circumstances, and unfortunately the circumstances are best evaluated when we can actually put our eyes on the project, including driving the entire route from the present location to the desired destination. Most circumstances do not cause the project to become less cost effective, but this is best way to determine when we are able to evaluate the entire project.

Q: What type of time frame am I looking at before my structure is moved?

A: We always strive to be as prompt as possible to each of our Customers. Generally, once scheduled, the entire process of moving your structure can be completed within one to two weeks, depending on if we are pouring your footing and foundation, or any additional work is involved. Unfortunately, weather and other uncontrollable circumstances always weigh a big part of the completion time frame and our scheduling. Most moves can be scheduled within 30 to 60 days. Some moves that require very little can be done on a weekend or within one or two business days, and sometimes aren't actually scheduled because they are ‘worked in’ within our actual scheduled projects. The exact dates are not known, but we usually know within a week of the estimated commence dates. (You wouldn’t want a house mover that is ready to jump on your job immediately, would you? Obviously, they’re not busy for a reason!!)

Q: How far can a building be moved?

A: This depends on the type of structure and where the structure is located. In most cases, once a permit is obtained the structure can be moved. Again, depending on the city’s utility and power lines, road conditions, including bridges, and traffic control, in most areas a structure can be moved for miles, in others it can only be moved a few blocks away or across the road, however, in very rare cases, not at all. With the proper supervision and equipment, most structures can be moved successfully.

Contact Info

McDowell House and Structural Movers
11233 Farm to Market Rd 1541
 Amarillo, TX 79118

Phone: 806-358-0053
FAX: 806.358.0581

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