Is It Possible to Move an Established Modular Building?

Is It Possible to Move an Established Modular Building?

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The modular construction market is expected to grow to almost $130 billion by 2023. Consumers are looking for less expensive alternatives to traditional construction.

People are turning to modular buildings as they seek sustainable construction. Bonus: moving a home or moving a building of this type is possible.

Moving a modular building that is already established isn’t cheap nor is it easy because they are meant to be permanent. But when you need to relocate a structure, modular building movers can make it happen. Stick with us and learn the details of how the moving process works.

Moving a Modular Building

A manufactured home, modular home, or modular building has modular parts that were designed to be uninstalled and moved if need be. First off, let’s take a look at the steps to move a modular building.

Building Preparation

Before your building or home hits the road, remove heavy and breakable items. For example, take loose items off the exterior walls. Moving insurance is available to cover any damage that occurs.

Unhook Utilities

Thirdly, disconnect all utilities from the structure. In most cases, you’ll want to hire a professional to do this. In fact, removing electric and gas is very dangerous and best left to someone who knows what they’re doing.

Prepare The New Location

Getting the new site ready for the building is very important. A level foundation is a must to preserve the structural integrity of the building.

Most importantly, however, follow local regulations and codes to avoid costly mistakes. Imagine the headaches if the building arrives at a site that is not fit to accept it.

Find the Right Moving Company

Moving a modular building requires a reputable, qualified, and experienced moving company. For instance, the company should have insurance and the proper permits for transport.

To make things less complicated, find a company that can disconnect the plumbing and other utilities.


The distance of the move is a major component of the final cost. Moving a modular building a relatively short distance costs between $1,000 and $5,000. A longer move can rack up a bill of $20,000+. Check with your local modular movers for an estimate, but expect to pay anywhere from $5-$10 per mile.

Other factors that affect the cost include the type of foundation it’s on, the weight of the building, and state and local permits. If there are any complications, that will add to the bottom line as well.

If the building is split into two parts, the cost of the move doubles.


Lastly, uninstalling the building takes 2 or 3 days. In fact, travel time is about 1 day. The most time-consuming part is the installation at the new location. It takes a couple of weeks to install the building and hook up the utilities.

Do You Have a Building To Relocate?

Now that you know all about moving a modular building, are you considering moving or purchasing one to move to your property? Do you know who can help you with all your modular building needs? Above all, we at Alternative Building Solutions can take you through all of the steps of a modular building project. Contact us today.

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