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.