So You Want To Move Your House? Things To Consider Before the Big Move

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Your home is probably your most valuable possession, not just financially, but emotionally. So what do you do if you find that your favorite place is located in a flood area or in an area where there is erosion? You can choose to move it! Once the decision is made, the next step is finding a competent company to do the hard work for you. Here are some things to consider when hiring a moving company.

Know The Company’s Structural Moving Experience

A long history is important in this business! It means you will be working with experienced professionals who trained under other experienced professionals. In our business, learning the trade is accomplished by working under someone who’s moved many houses.

Know What Kind of Equipment The Movers Use

A company that doesn’t have the right equipment can cause delays in your moving project. Needless to say, equipment that is in good condition is paramount. Jack systems that will keep your house perfectly level are also important to keep the structural integrity of the building intact.

References and Reviews

The internet is a great tool to research reviews that have been left for the company that you want to work with and of course, word of mouth referrals are always a great determining factor in choosing a company. Ask for 2 or 3 references from the company and follow up to see what their former clients have to say. You could also ask to visit a project that the company has in progress. Actually seeing the company in action can make the decision to hire them that much easier.

Review The Standard Contract From the Company

Is there a specified number of days that the company will allow the steel beams and cribbing to remain under the house? Is there a fee if the house cannot be moved in the specified time frame? Learn common fees and other terms in the contract.


Check to see that the company is properly insured against accidents and loss or damage. Naturally, you will hire a company that carries the proper workers compensation insurance, but inquire about general liability, their umbrella policies, equipment/auto coverage, riggers or cargo insurance. Ask about limits and amounts of coverage.

As you can see, doing your due diligence before starting the job of moving your house is important. Of course, we cannot end this blog without saying that Kettelle Building Movers would be happy to talk to you about being YOUR choice in Rhode Island. We welcome your questions!