Goodwin House Moving - Moving Checklist

There is a lot that goes in to moving a home.  We've provided a checklist that can be used as a guideline in preparing or actually moving a structure:

Permits and Paperwork

_____ Sign contract with Goodwin House Moving and mail with acceptance money

_____ Purchase city building or moving permits

_____ Check city zoning regulations and lot position

_____ Get third party approval to move obstacles

_____ Get third party approval to move building off land

_____ Get third party approval in writing to cross land

_____ Contact wire and sign crews with advance notice
_____ Electric Company(s)
_____ Phone/Internet Company(s)
_____ Cable Company(s)

_____ Payment is due in full upon completion of job

Getting your House or Building Ready to Move

_____ Have sump pump available
_____ Disconnect plumbing, gas, electrical wiring and utility wiring, such as cable and/or satellite

_____ Disconnect water heater, furnace, duct work and remove from basement

_____ Disconnect and remove air conditioner

_____ Remove everything below floor joists from basement - including non-bearing walls

_____ Remove garage, decks, sheds and porch(s) if required

_____ Remove chimney

_____ Read back of proposal for complete list of owner responsibilities

_____ Remove axles, hitches and tie-downs

_____ Remove skirting
_____ Trim trees and bushes along route

_____ Check with utility company(s) concerning overhead power lines

_____ Get written permission for right-of-way over third party's land

New Site Preparation


Make approach 10 foot wider than house into site

___   Back fill concrete basement completely to virgin ground

___   Back fill corners of wood basement

___   Install beam knockouts where needed

___   Cut off anchor bolts flush with sill

___   Have sill sealer ready to install around perimeter of foundation

___   Completed foundation with floor

___   Make basement 1 1/2 inches smaller overall than the dimensions of the house

Move Day

___   Come with camera, video camera and lawn chairs

This can seem like a lot of information and may be a little confusing.  If you have any questions about anything feel free to call us anytime (319-653-5644) or send us an email.

Contact Information

Goodwin House Moving, Inc.
2964 Coppock Road
Washington, IA 52353 USA


Office:  (319) 653-5644

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