Frequently Asked Questions

How much will it cost to move my house?
The cost of moving a building is based on labor and materials needed.

What damage should I expect?
While we don’t anticipate any damage in the raising and relocating of a structure, a number of factors must be taken into account; such as whether the structure is level to start with or has the structure been renovated when it was out of level.

Is moving a house profitable?
House moving is cost effective in many cases but not always. We are happy to discuss and evaluate the total scope of the overall project with the customer.

How long does it take to move a house or building?
The time involved varies based on weather conditions, underground obstacles, and other unforeseen challenges. 

Is Kettelle Building Movers currently licensed, and does the company carry workers' compensation on its employees?
Our company carries liability, cargo and workers compensation insurance at all times.

Does Kettelle Building Movers have the proper equipment to complete my move, along with backup equipment to ensure my building or structural move will be completed on schedule?
Kettelle Building Movers has the largest inventory of equipment in the area.

Is the owner of Kettelle Building Movers directly involved in the move?
Yes, as a small company owner Scott Kettelle is directly involved in all projects.

What are some of the reasons people choose to raise their home?
People raise homes for FEMA compliance, to achieve a greater view, to obtain a basement where one did not previously exist and/or to turn a summer house into a year round residence, among other reasons. 

Can a brick block or stone building be raised?
Brick and stone structures can be raised - they require additional shoring - as compared to a conventional wooden structure.

What is the process of raising a home?
The process, in most cases, is to gain access beneath the structure, insert a series of beams, cribbing towers and place hydraulic jacks in order to raise the structure.

How far can a building be moved?
Distance is a relative term. It is based on the route to be traveled and obstacles that may prohibit travel, such as low utility wires, bridges or low hanging tree limbs.

What is the customer expected to do prior to the home being moved or raised?
Each project is unique in its own way, some projects require little to no preparation, others may necessitate a more involved process.

Does moving a building or house reduce its integrity?
No, the structure will remain intact and structurally sound.

Can I benefit from your services?
Our company has raised a multitude of structures including residential and commercial. Please contact us directly to see how we can help with your next project.

If I have a historic building, will moving the house change its classification?
Coordination and communication with local historical societies will ensure that historic status and character can be maintained. 

Will the resale value of my house be the same if I move it?
In many cases, resale values can be increased after moving due to improvements that may be made during the process.

Must I buy separate insurance to cover the building move?
No, our company's insurance covers all the necessary requirements.

Will I receive a written contract clearly showing me the responsibility of all parties involved in the move?
Yes, we provide an agreement that outlines the work to be completed, the payment schedule, as well as the list of insurance provided. As a rule, we do not take any monies up front, our payment schedule is based on work completed by us.