Are you planning on moving to a new home soon? Then you should probably take some time to learn how to move a shed. If you don’t know how to do it properly, you risk not only material damage, but you might also get injured in the process. For this reason, it is important to take the time to read through the basic steps of moving your backyard construction.
Different Types of Backyard Sheds
Before we delve deeper into the right ways to move your outhouse, let’s take a quick look into the several different types of these constructions:
- Smaller portable sheds. These constructions are usually small and light enough for you to be able to move them with the help of a couple of friends. You could even load them on the back of your pickup truck.
- Larger portable sheds. These usually won’t fit on a truck – you’ll need a trailer. You should also get extra equipment and more people or, ideally, professional moving services.
- Sheds that need a forklift. This is the largest type of sheds – you will not be able to lift this one that easily. Renting a forklift, however, usually means that you need at least some experience with forklift controls or you’ll have to hire a licensed operator.
- Disassemblable sheds. These are the easiest to move – simply take them apart and move each piece with a dolly or in the back of your pickup truck.
- Fixed sheds. These are usually of the highest quality and cannot be moved. They are usually cemented into the ground and require a city permit to be built in the first place. You won’t be able to take this one to your new home.
How to Move a Shed – Go Step by Step
Depending on the type of your outhouse construction, you will want to get organized and use different methods to move it. However, here are some general steps that apply to all cases.
Take Everything Out
Before you even think about moving your shed, you have to empty it. All of its contents should be packed and protected separately. This means that you will also have to learn some packing tips and tricks. In addition to that, you might also want to donate furniture before you move in case you have some old pieces in your shed that you don’t use. Everything that you decide to take with you to your new home, however, should be included in your photo inventory.
Prepare the Area
If you’re dealing with a movable construction, you will want to make sure the pathway to the vehicle or trailer is clear. Prepare the area by removing all furniture, flower pots, and other garden installations that could stand in the way.
Decide on the Method and Get the Right Equipment
Depending on the size and the weight of the structure, as well as on your personal preference, there are a number of different methods you can resort to. These include:
- Manpower. Have a couple of friends over to help you lift the shed. You should use a jack to lift the construction and good quality gloves for everyone.
- Forklift. If you have experience operating a forklift, jack the shed up enough for the fork to fit under it. Carefully carry the shed to the trailer on the forklift.
- Rollers. Find some sturdy pipes or other similarly shaped objects to create a so-called conveyor belt. Jack the construction up and place the pipes underneath. Push the outhouse, take the pipe from the back and place it in the front, and keep repeating until you’ve reached the truck. You will still require the help of your friends to lift the construction from the pipes to the truck.
Once you have decided on the method, your only job will be to find the right equipment. However, if you hire moving experts, they will come equipped with everything you need. In fact, you could even get boxes and packing supplies for the rest of your home from them.
Moving the Construction
Now that you know how you’re going to carry out this task, it’s time to do it. Get a few people over to help you and be aware of your limits. Avoid transporting your outhouse in bad weather, and especially snow, hail, or rain. Make sure you get enough sleep the day before, stay hydrated, and don’t get down to work hungry. You have a difficult day ahead of you, so it is important that you feel up to the task.
Moving a Disassemblable Shed on a Dolly
If your backyard construction can be disassembled, you’re in luck. These are the easiest to move. All you have to do is empty it and carefully take it apart. Make sure you take photos of the construction while it is still in one piece, as that will make the reassembly much easier. Get a couple of zip-lock bags where you will store all the bolts, screws, and other smaller pieces. Simply protect every part of the construction with some blankets and load it onto the moving truck.
Moving and Protecting the Contents of the Shed
Now you know how to move the outhouse itself. But what about everything that was inside? Different types of objects require different forms of protection, but here are some general rules:
- Make sure everything is dry and clean. You don’t want any moisture or dirt building up in your boxes.
- Buy or rent moving supplies. Unless you plan to hire professional packers, you’ll need to obtain things such as boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, plastic wrap, foam peanuts, duct tape, and markers, dollies, etc.
- Use original packages. Items such as tools usually come in their own cases. Always use those if you have them – they are made to perfectly fit the dimensions of their contents and protect them from all sides.
- Have an inventory list. Keeping track of what goes where and labeling your boxes are the right steps to successful unpacking.
Additional Steps to Take If You Want to Use Storage
If you’re planning on leaving the contents of your outhouse in a storage unit for some time, there are some additional steps you should take. Your main concern should be to protect your belongings from moisture while in storage. If you don’t, your tools could get rusty and other items could grow mold on them. At that point, you might as well just throw them out. So make sure you buy waterproof packing materials and seal all your boxes properly.
You should also take the time to label every package with a detailed list of its contents. It’s not too likely that you’ll just remember where everything is when you decide to take your things out of the storage unit. On top of that, mark the more fragile objects appropriately and avoid placing them on the bottom of the pile.