Moving a storage shed

Moving a storage shed is really not as difficult as it sounds; The key to success is making sure you prepare the shed before you move it and ensure you have the right tools to do the job.

There are many reasons why you might want to move your storage shed:

  • You may want it in a different position in your existing backyard.
  • You may have a problem with drainage in the current position and the shed has some damp spots underneath or it may even flood at certain times of the year.
  • You are looking for a sunnier spot to maximise the light as you work or to create a beautiful veranda outside the shed to enjoy a drink in the sunshine.
  • You may simply want your shed closer to your home so that it's easier to connect to the electricity supply or for accessing your stored items.

Alternatively you could be moving home. Whilst many people decide to leave their sheds behind, if you've invested a lot of hard earned cash into your dream shed, you'll be reluctant to part with it.

What many people don't realise is that it's possible to move most types of storage shed and it isn't as complicated as you might think.

How far do you want to move your shed?

There are a number of questions which will determine the method you use when moving a storage shed:

Firstly, you need to decide how far you want to move it. If you're moving home, you'll need to get your shed onto a trailer, which sounds more complicated but the system is really the same as moving a storage shed from one part of your garden to the other. You simply use the same method to get your shed on and off the trailer.

The other question is size. This will really determine how you'll be moving the storage shed. For smaller sheds, a few rollers such as scaffolding poles or round fence posts and some human force will be fine. For larger sheds, you'll need more rollers, more assistance, possibly a cable winch or a truck to pull your shed along.

Steps to moving a shed

The first step is to empty out the contents. The shed is already heavy enough without all your clobber inside!

The next thing you'll need to do is to prepare your storage shed for moving. It's no good just dragging it across the yard without strengthening it first. Attach wooden braces to the studs for added stiffness, particularly across door and window openings. Any distortion in the window frame may crack the glass, distortion in the buildings frame will weaken nailed connections. Also make an X-shaped brace across the floor as a plan brace to prevent the floor 'racking' as the shed is being moved.

The next step to moving a storage shed is to place jacks under the floor beams in all four corners. You may need to dig around the base if it's been in one place for a long time to gain access to the corners. When the shed is up on the jacks, this is a perfect time for making any structural repairs that are needed so that the shed is in the best shape possible prior to moving it.

Before you start moving the shed make sure you've prepared your new shed base to give your shed a level foundation to rest on at the destination, whether that's pavement, concrete or wood.

Rolling along

If you're moving a smaller storage shed you can then use metal scaffolding poles or wooden fence poles to move your shed along. Once you've strengthened the frame and lifted the shed up, put several poles underneath and a few in front.Push the shed forwards rolling it on the poles. You'll need someone to pick up the poles from behind as you go and put them in front of the moving shed.

If you're moving a larger storage shed, you may be better to construct a rough sled beneath the shed and fix tow hooks to this and then use a cable winch or a truck to pull the shed along. You then pull the shed into its new position or onto a trailer if it's going to your new home.

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