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Question DetailsAsked on 5/7/2017

I need to disassemble a shed for removal from a yard due to access problems. (5 ft blk fence)

I'd like to have it in 4 pieces so that it can be reassembled after it is moved to another location. It's a 10 x 10 wooden shed. It was built in the yard and is less than a year old. Also, could it be lifted in one piece over the fence or is disassembly better? Either way what is the cost for both?


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Lifting over probably doable, but whether it will hold together is questionable unless pretty sturdily built - but crane and trucking (10' width will undoubtedly need a 8-10' wide trailer and oversize road permit) so I suspect the one-piece idea is going to cost a lot more than it is worth. Crane alone likely $500 minimum - crane plus move probably more like $1000 range for a short move, assuming a reasonably small crane can reach to it from outside the fence. But can be much more for like an inner city move through tight streets requiring 2 pilot cars, flagmen, etc. A crane and rigging company (by crane) or a house moving company (to jack up and drive off) would be your vendor for this (no Angies List categories for those).

5 ft blk fence - not sure what blk is (concrete block ?), but will the shed pieces fit through the gate even if disassembled in pieces ?

Depending on how it was built, may or may not be able to be taken apart in 4 (actually likely 5 or 6 pieces including roof and floor. if built like a modern house, with each wall panel being modular and having end studs and full framing and such, maybe, though windows should be taken out first if disassembling.

If stick-built, almost certainly the roof is not built to be taken off so will have to be disassembled totally (meaning the roofing material will likely need replacement), and the walls likely share corner posts so you would likely have to put in new corner posts on 2 sides before disassembly. And if walls were not built as panels on a diaphragm deck, flooring and maybe walls likely will have to come apart to be moved. I would give about 10:1 odds disassembling in pieces is not going to go easy unless this was built in the yard as or like a kit.

And even if they were built in modular form, getting a 10x say 8' wall or floor or roof panel through the gate and onto a truck or trailer is a significant effort - not just you and a handyman - plus you still have the 8-10' width to transport. 8' you may not need am oversize permit for, but 10' certainly.

And of course, can you readily get it into the new yard too ? Also - is new property ready to receive the shed when you need or want to get it out of the old property - would imply you have bought/leased the new place already.

If the fence is easily removed for a 12' width or so, you might be able (if built tough) to just have a car towing company come with a tilt bed tow truck and winch it up on the deck or a tow trailer (better because lower) and haul it off - but requires pretty sturdy floor framing to do that without adding a skid frame under it. And depending on where you are located and going to, could have height issues with bridges and signals and electric wires and such - almost certainly if on a tilt-bed truck rather than a low trailer. That might run about $500 - would need an earth anchor or substantial tree at the other end to tie it to for dragging it off the trailer or truck too.

[Note - if winching onto a trailer or truck, do NOT pull on the front - the pull needs to come from the back, usually with straps run under the shed to a heavy 4x4 or larger) beam across the back low down at the flooring level to pull on. And depending on construction, will likely need a couple of hefty (like 4x6 or 4x8) timbers to skid it up onto the truck/trailer with].

Either way, crane and trailer by a commercial crane and rigging or house moving company I would expect $1000 range in most areas unless you find a company just sitting around looking for work.

In fact, unless this was built like a kit, I strongly expect trying to move it rather than just build another in the new location and leave this one here will be as much or more expensive, and certainly a lot more hassle. Likely $500-1200 cost for a new shed in plastic or for materials for a stick-built one - plus $300-800 for construction commonly, though if able to move in a pre-built one with a truck ion the new spot, not at all uncommon to come in at around $1200-1800 for a 10x10 prebuilt wood shed from a shed making company - plus any fence removal/replacement cost.

One other thing - other than sinking a chunk of money into moving this shed unless totoally DIY'ing it (maybe with some friends) - if you are moving to a new place, if the house is under sale contract already unless it was clear in the contract that the shed was not included, you cannot take it anyway - it is part of the real property as an installed structure. Can't take it any more than you can take fixtures, furnace, deck, etc. if already under contract. Also, consider (if selling the current place) with your realtor what the value of the shed in-place is to a buyer - most people like having a decent shed in the yard (as a shed or kid's playhouse), so that value might well push your decision to just putting a new shed in the new location - you might even decide a lean-to shed against the house if a better deal for the new location, for instance.

As you can probably tell - I am pretty negative on the move-the-shed concept, unless you and some friends can to it basically free.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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