Old House Moving: One if by Land; Two if by Sea

By: Conrad Neuf , Contributing Writer
In: Old Houses, Old House Musings, In The News, Old House History

A Make it Happen Attitude photo from fp.images.autos.msn.com

A Make it Happen Attitude photo from fp.images.autos.msn.com

I continue to be fascinated by stories about old houses being moved. I’m not quite sure why that is when I’ve been involved in moving several myself over the years and I’ve certainly written about old house moving enough times that you would think the stories would bore me by now,but it hasn’t happened. I think part of the reason is because moving an old house and reusing it seems like the ultimate recycling effort; when it comes to being “green” it’s hard to beat moving a home so it doesn’t get thrown away.The construction side of my mind is always amazed at the thought and engineering that goes into moving some of the homes I have read and written about. Moving an old house across a frozen lake doesn’t just take knowledge; it takes a lot of courage (or substitute your own word) and a real “make it happen” attitude, and I greatly admire people with those traits. And lastly I guess I just enjoy reading about old houses being saved; I know how much I enjoy mine and I’m glad other people are going to have the same experience.Old House Moving: Everything You Need to KnowI recently came upon two of the best articles I’ve read about old house moving. The first was on MSN Real Estate where the writer did an in-depth story about an old house being moved in New Jersey and then expanded the article to address just about any question you might have about moving an old house. She interviewed house moving companies across the country to get their input and advice and even talked to a house moving
Whatever It Takes photo from seattlepi.com

Whatever It Takes photo from seattlepi.com

company in Hawaii. The writer touches on financial considerations, thoughts on how to save money while old house moving, and even discusses financing options. All in all an excellent article by the writer and a great resource for anyone considering purchasing an old house and moving it to a new location.The second article isn’t quite as recent, but when I saw the video I had to include it as you don’t see a home moved by truck to the water and loaded onto a barge every day. The old house was then barged to the San Juan Islands off Washington State where its new owners had a lot prepared for the home originally built in 1908. The video is great and the narration by both the old and new owners is very interesting to listen to as they offer their insights about the whole process of old house moving. The video is only several minutes long and the footage of the home on the barge is exceptional. A perfect example of a “make it happen” attitude!


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  1. 4 Responses  to “Old House Moving: One if by Land; Two if by Sea”

  2. Spurwing Plover
    Sep 19, 2012
    I,ve seen some old houses being moved in fact last year they moved this old house that had been a FOREST SERVE branch office from where it was toa new location
  3. Jeremy
    Aug 29, 2011
    How does insurance play into this? Moving a house across a body of water or over ice...I can't imagine an insurance covering this, and if they do, I am sure it is not cheap. It's expensive enough to move an old house but all the things that can go wrong make me very weary...
  4. Jonny
    Aug 29, 2011
    We had a small house moved across town and were able to leave the dishes in the cabinets, it went so smooth. I was really impresses with no cracked plaster or broken windows!
  5. Rob
    Aug 29, 2011
    Moving the family home that belonged to my great-grandparents is being considered within a 20 mile radius. There is so much involved with this potential project I could not imagine the move across a frozen lake or a few thousand miles. Kudos to those with the “make it happen” attitude!