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. That part of your yard 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 to move 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 when they move. 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.
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. This sounds more complicated than it is. 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 method I outline below to get your shed on and off the trailer.
The other question is size. This will really determine how you'll move your shed. For smaller sheds, a few rollers, such as scaffolding poles or round fence posts, and some human muscle will be fine. For larger sheds, you'll need more rollers, more help, and possibly a cable winch or a truck to pull your shed along.
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. Pay particular attention across door and window openings. Any distortion in the window frame may crack the glass or weaken connections in the frame of the building. If the shed floor is made of floorboards this will require stiffening as well. 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 lift it at one end so that the rollers can be placed under. For a small shed, pass a rope or length of nylon webbing beneath the shed. The shed can then be lifted with one, or more, people pulling on each end. When the shed is lifted off the ground a third person can place a roller under the shed.
If you have a larger shed you may need to use mechanical or hydraulic jacks to do the heavy lifting. If the shed has been in one place for a long time you may need to locally dig around the base to gain access to the corners.
With the shed lifted up, inspect the underside of the floor. Make any structural repairs that are needed so that the shed is in the best shape possible prior to moving it.
Before you start moving a storage shed make sure you've prepared your new shed base. So that it has a nice level foundation to rest on when it arrives at its destination.
Once you've strengthened the frame and lifted the shed you'll find the easiest method of moving it, is on rollers. If you're moving a smaller storage shed, metal scaffolding poles or 4" diameter wooden fence poles are ideal. If you're moving a larger storage shed, you may want to use a cable winch or a truck to pull the shed along.
Move 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.
You then manoeuvre the shed into its new position, or onto a trailer if it's going to your new home.
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