How to Move a Shed: Surrey Movers, Professional Moving Tips
Moving a shed can be necessary for practical reasons, or it can be good practice for moving larger building structures, like garages and barns. As long time Surrey Movers, we have experience with moving larger structures. However, it can be tough to learn, and you may come across hurdles along the way that no one will be able to foresee (except the original builders if their craftsmanship wasn’t up to par). Be ready with all your tools, and be patient – this could be a day project.
The preparation is going to take up the most time, and will ensure that your shed stays sturdy. The actual move can be the hardest part, and the most dangerous. Here are is list of tools you can expect to use:
- Jack lifts
- Timber 2x4s that are the same length of the walls, plus two that fit diagonally across the floor
- Blocks of wood or concrete
- Concrete and other supplies needed to make a new foundation at the new spot
- Steel pipe
- Heavy duty rope
- Old water skis, surf boards or heavy duty casters
- Towing hooks (and a truck to latch them onto!)
- Measuring tape and a level
Intimidated already? Here is what you can expect to have to do:
First you’ll need to empty the shed of whatever you’re storing in it already. Don’t be the fool that leaves it all in there!
Dig a moat around your shed until you can get underneath it. This is where you’re most likely to find unexpected surprises, such as a rotting foundation, or a water leak somewhere. You might also find the shed was build unevenly, which is where your measuring tape and level will be needed. If there are repairs to be made, make them before you proceed to the next step.
Take your 2x4s and nail them to the studs in your shed so that each goes the entire length of the walls, touching the corners. Also, nail the longer 2x4s diagonally across the floor, forming an X shape. This will keep the shed from misshaping during the move, and will also even out the weight on all the walls.
When you have access to the four corners of the shed, place a wooden or concrete block underneath, and then the jack lifts on top of the blocks, to avoid the jacks from sinking further into the ground. Before you start pumping the corners up, put another block or beam on top of the jack lift to form a skid under the shed. Lift the shed evenly, between 3 to 8 inches until you can get underneath to form the skid, or moving base.
If you are moving the shed far on soft ground (such as a field), this is where your old water skis or surf boards come in. You have to be willing to get them ruined, of course. Get the boards under the shed and let the shed sit on them so that they can be pulled with rope and a tow.
If you are moving the shed far on hard ground, such as concrete, you will need to find a way to attach heavy duty casters onto the four corners of the shed. Attach the tow hooks to the castors and pull with a truck, driving very, very slowly (busy roads and rush hours should be avoided!)
Most people only mean to move their shed to another part of their yard. This is where the pipes come in. The tubes will act as your ‘wheels’ and with a rope and towing hooks attached to the skid shed, you and a friend will need to balance the pipes underneath and roll slowly. When the shed has moved a few feet, you will need to take the last pipe and move it to the front for more rolling, and keep alternating until you get it to your final destination.
If in doubt, and if it matters to you that your shed might turn into firewood after this adventure, it’s sound advice to hire a professional mover to help you – especially for the longer distance moves.