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    MOVING A LOG CABIN!!??

    Hello,
    I have a lead on a beautiful log cabin for sale, the only problem is it has to be moved from its current location.


    If I purchased it I would have to move it around 50miles. Does anyone know how much this would cost? (ballpark figure).

    It is a two story, 800sq. feet on main, no basement.

    thanks
    Garrett

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    MOVING A LOG CABIN!!??

    http://www.homecontractors.biz/ext/584651
    http://www.moves4u.com/Residential_Movers/movingquote.asp?ref=movinghome.google

    Unless you are really really wealthy - Take the course offered by log home builders association. Buy your land and build your own.

    And if you are really really wealthy, can you buy my logs for me?

    You have to consider the obstacles that are in the way in that 50 miles. Like bridges, over passes, stop lights, county/state lines/jurisdictions, traffic, etc.

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    MOVING A LOG CABIN!!??

    Best bet would be to call a few companies that move houses and get some estimates.
    Also, you may have to have the electric company lift some wires for you,
    depending on how tall the home is.

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    MOVING A LOG CABIN!!??

    Several things you need to find out. Why are they selling such a "beautiful" log cabin? Is it a kit home or hand crafted? Might be they are selling it because it is a kit home and more trouble then it's worth even though it looks nice. (see the main site for more info on the problems with kit log homes)

    If it is a notched home it may be able to be disassembled and reconstructed on a new site. You would have to weigh the costs. I doubt a house moving company could move it as one piece because of the wieght of the logs. You have plumbing and electrical to consider if you want to disassemble it. All that is just for starters.

    Blayne

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    MOVING A LOG CABIN!!??

    I moved a 2 story (conventional stick home), 2000 sq ft 2 story home last year. Moved it roughly 35 miles. The house on the beams reached about 26 ft tall. The total cost (including powerlines, permits, etc) was $7500

    I dont think the weight should be an issue, just means they will have to put more 'trucks' underneath it.

    The only issue I would say you'd have, is settling. My house is almost 100 years old, and I had to go throught the settling process all over again (even though its a stick house, still settled)

    plus you will have to re-caulk everything all over again. BUT it's a small price to pay!


    FYI, Im planning on building a new log home as soon as I close on some land.

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    MOVING A LOG CABIN!!??

    One of the Habitat for Humanity stores in Northern VA had a log house for sell that was disassembled. I don't recall the age of the house but it was old. They advertised that they numbered the logs and had a plan to put it back together. It also included that it took a couple of semis to transport. It doesn't sound like it would be the most efficient way, but might be for your situtation.

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