Moving a house is no easy task, it requires a lot of preparation and precision to ensure the safety of everyone and the integrity of the house is kept in shape. A Move is generally done in 8 stages that can be carried out as quick as 2 days.
- Site prep:
As the responsibility of the customer, allowing room for the house to be moved off the site is a necessity. It is essential that we have clear access around the house and site. Power must be professionally disconnected from the house and water shut off at the meter. This is an essential step to beginning any project.
- House Prep:
Once onsite, the crews first role is to check the house and complete any tasks necessary to ensure all healthy and safety standards are met. This includes checking for hazards, bracing the house, clearing baseboards, stairs, decks, basements, and the house must be untied from its current foundations. Some houses need to be cut into multiple pieces and roofs drop to get down the roads. Our crews are extremely well trained in this and ensuring the house is cut so that it goes back together seamlessly.
- House Lift:
Hydraulic jacks are strategically set around the house to ensure a safe lift. Each jack needs a level pad at no more than 600mm of the floor level or bearer level of the house. We sometimes need to build Stys or dig out platforms to ensure the jack has a safe pad to lift off. Once all the jacks are set and hooked up to our hydraulic pump we can begin to lift the house. The speed of the lift varies with the size and structural integrity of the house. Sometimes multiple lifts will need to take place and multiple spotters may be used to ensure a safe lift.
Once the house is lifted to the right height we can back our trailer under the house. We use large plastic trackmatts for the truck and trailer to travel on if the ground is loose/ wet. The truck is also fitted with a hydraulic ram that allows us to position the truck and trailer effectively. Our back two axles of both trailers also steer which allows us to get into some pretty tight spots with the use of our professional operators. Once the trailer is positioned under the house we position steel beams to support it. These beams vary in size and number depending on the size and structural integrity of the house. Once the beams are positioned we lift the trailer up and take the weight of the house. It is then tied down to the trailer with clamps. Lastly, we set up any lights and panels that may be needed for the move.
- The Move:
During the move we use 3-5 pilot vehicles that with the task of directing traffic to ensure that the house is moved as safely as possible. They also have the job of guiding and directing our very skilled Load Towers. Our Load Towers are extremely skilled at what they do, towing big loads around the country on a weekly basis.
- On the PEGS:
Once the house gets to its new site one of the most difficult jobs can be placing the house in the right spot. We are often met with obstacles including trees, lose ground, steep hills and rain. This results in positioning the trailer in a way that the house will be on the surveyor’s pegs.
In order to drill and complete the foundations we must unload the house onto our jacks and pull the trailer out from under the house. We complete standard timber foundations with our registered LPB following Council consent processes. The combination of our skilled crews and modified gear allows us to pile a house in one day using a Gofa machine. Due to the high demand for concrete, we plan weeks in advance to ensure this process runs smoothly on the day.
- Dropping down:
Once the concrete is cured and the house has been structurally put back together, we can lower the house using our jacks down onto the foundations. Once the house is down and level on its new foundations, our crew checks the site and ensures all rubbish from the job is cleared and that no damages have occurred on the house.