Transport via Barge Across Barnegat Bay
Industry Boilers Moved
Preparation for Historic Train Car Move
Award Winning Largest Structure Raise
Historic Church move with steeple intact
Excellence in Service for over 30 years

Bringing Your Baby Home

Published: Wednesday, July 06, 2016


As you embark on your new journey – the one where you move your house – you’re probably a little curious about the process. After all, it’s kind of like sending your newborn on a road trip without knowing how he will get from Point A to Point B.

First of all, you can rest assured you’re in the best hands in the region. With more than 30-years of experience and awards under his belt, owner Jay Thompson is hands-on in every move ensuring your baby makes it safely to its new home.

So, how does he do it?

Let’s fast-forward through the planning and permitting and say it’s the actual moving day. You have disconnected all utilities and have removed shrubs, plants and trees within an approximate 10-foot perimeter around the house.

Atlantic Structure Movers comes to dig around the foundation and creates openings in the foundation walls. ASM then places steel beams into these openings. These beams will carry the weight of house through the move, so it is critical that they are properly sized and placed.

ASM then places hydraulic jacks under the steel beams. The jacks work similarly to those used to lift a car when changing a tire. Only these are MUCH bigger and they’re all linked to work together in what is known as a hydraulic, double-acting, unified jacking system. ASM’s system was manufactured by Jahns Structure Jacking System, the same company who engineered the system that moved the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. ASM’s system follows the same standards used for the lighthouse, customized to ASM’s specifications. All of the jacks rise and lower at the exact same rate to ensure the house remains level at all times while preventing torqueing, twisting, rocking or racking the structure.

Wooden cribs (we told you it was like caring for a baby!), interlocking wooden posts, are used to help support the house while it is raised. ASM also outfits the house with outerwear, such as skid strips so leaves or wires can just slide off its back. Safety tie-downs and clamps buckle-up the house for a safe ride.

For short distances, ASM uses dollies to move the house or glide it along steel roll beams leap-frog fashion from crib pier to crib pier. Depending on the location of the old and new sites, ASM may use a barge to move the house. For longer distances, the home may be delivered via a flat-bed truck. At the new site, ASM uses the same jacking system to safely lower the structure.

Welcome home! See, that was less nerve-racking than driving your newborn home from the hospital.

Old Home Treks Across Causeway From LBI to Barnegat

Published: Thursday, June 02, 2016

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June 1, 2016 - A home built approximately 90 years ago in Ship Bottom has been moved to Sassafras Hill Farm in Barnegat Township, where it will serve as the headquarters for farm manager Chris Adams.

Jay Thompson, a co-owner of Sassafras Hill, said it took him more than six hours to transport the brown-colored, 18- by 38-foot structure to its new location. Thompson is also a co-owner of Atlantic Structure Movers, located next to the 27.5-acre farm on Route 554 (West Bay Avenue) near the Route 72 intersection. The company served as the moving contractor.

Read the entire article in The SandPaper at: 

Old Home in Ship Bottom Going Out to Pasture - Literally

Published: Friday, May 13, 2016

Once again, Atlantic Structure Movers is on the move! Read about our recent house move from Ship Bottom to Sassafras Hill Farm in The SandPaperOld Home in Ship Bottom Going Out to Pasture - Literally - Surf City, NJ - The SandPaper


A Quick Checklist for Project Prep:

Published: Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Here's a list for homeowners of the main prep items that need to be taken care of prior to our crew starting the project:

1) Clear Access - Make sure there is clear access to the site, driveway, and around the dwelling. 

2) Remove Outbuildings - Remove porches, decks, stairs, outdoor showers, etc. unless otherwise specified in your Contract. 

3) Disconnect Utilities - this includes water, gas, electric, and disconnecting ground level compressors. 

4) Clear beneath the Floor Joists - Remove any pipes, ducts, electrical, etc. beneath the floor joists. 

5) Sever or Remove Anchor bolts - this disconnects the house from its foundation.

6) Have portable toilet onsite - prior to the ASM crew's arrival. 

Your General Contractor will generally handle the above preparation. It is, however, good for the homeowner to know what steps should be taken care before the structural move of their home is started. When a project has been properly prepped for a move, it enables every one to work more efficiently and safely and also stay on schedule.  


Through Every Storm:

Published: Monday, October 28, 2013
It has already been one year since Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore...and we are still recovering. Remember the local movers who were here before the storm, and who will remain here long after every home is raised and rebuilt. We are loyal to NJ through every storm.

The Local Favorite:

Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

"Call the Local Favorite" - ASM has served LBI long before and will long after Hurricane Sandy! 


A House on a Slab CAN be Raised:

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Don't let other "house lifters" convince you that your home on a slab foundation needs to be demo-ed! Slab homes CAN and have been raised by Atlantic Structure Movers 30 years and counting! A house is raised by the wall framing (because the slab foundation is removed) and can be supported by the wall framing until a new foundation is set for the house to be lowered on. See our Gallery for examples!

Know Your Mover's Expertise:

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

FYI Home Owners! New structural moving companies are REQUIRED by most insurance carriers to provide 5 years of verifiable experience with a bonafide structural mover BEFORE they will issue an insurance policy to them! Know your mover's expertise and experience by ALWAYS checking with their insurance carrier first! If they are not insured as a structural mover - there's a reason!

Homeowners Beware:

Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

In light of recent news events, we want to remind homeowners to please contact your mover's insurance company!!! Remember to ask if your mover is insured specifically for structural moving. You can even ask how long they have been insured and their safety record. There are many who claim to be movers who are not qualified to do the job, and they do not follow the nationally recognized Industry Standards and Guidelines for Structural Movers. Our founder, Jay Thompson co-authored the Industry Standards and Guidelines and he is out on every single one of our project sites, ensuring that these protocols are followed. Our business has always been dedicated exclusively to structural moving, and as a result we are proud to say in the 30+ years we've been in business we have never had an insurance claim or a reason for a claim. Please take caution and make sure you know how qualified your mover is!