How to Move a Shed to a New House

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Sheds are an excellent solution for anyone who needs extra space to store their belongings. Whether you need somewhere to keep your tools and gardening equipment, or if you require additional storage for your home, sheds can be an ideal option. Not only do they provide a secure place for your belongings, but they also protect them from the elements and ensure that everything is kept dry.

If you’re moving house, you’ll need to move your shed to your new home. People often move their sheds to new locations by physically moving the shed itself. Moving a shed can be a huge task, but it can be done relatively easily with the proper planning and tools. By following these simple tips, you can have your shed relocated in no time!

Check to See if the Shed is Movable and Structurally Sound

Before you begin moving your shed, it’s crucial to ensure that the structure is sturdy and can safely be moved. Inspecting the shed for damage or signs of rot is a good place to start, and make sure that all bolts and other fasteners are tight and secure.

  • Some sheds are attached to skids. Sheds on the skids are portable and simple to transport from one place to another, ideal for use in gardens or along the beach.
  • Some sheds are not set upon a foundation. They, too, maybe readily relocate since nothing prevents them from holding to the ground.
  • Some sheds are built on foundations and are therefore immovable. If the shed is cemented into place, it cannot be relocated. In such a scenario, you’ll have to leave your old one behind and acquire a new one in your new location.

Now, you’ve discovered that your shed is movable, but is it truly worth moving? Before you transport a shed, ask yourself these questions.


What is the shed’s condition?

If the shed is in poor condition and needs repairs, it may be wiser to leave it behind and purchase a new one.

How old is the shed?

An older shed may not be as durable as a newer model and could fall apart during transport.

What material is used to construct the shed (wood, metal, plastic, composite materials)?

If your shed is made of wood, metal, or composite materials, it may not be easy to move safely and securely. However, plastic sheds are often lighter in weight and easier to transport, making them better for moving purposes.

How much does the shed weigh?

Heavier sheds will be more difficult to move and will require more manpower.


What is the size of the shed?

If your shed is particularly large, it may be difficult to safely get it off your property.

Where is it located?

If your shed is located in a difficult-to-reach spot, it may be nearly impossible to move without causing damage.

Now that you’ve considered all of these factors, you can decide whether or not moving your shed is the right choice for you.

Prepare Your Shed for Transport

Before you begin moving your shed, there are several steps you’ll need to take to ensure its safe transport.

Gather Your Supplies

You’ll need a few things to transport your sheds, such as Screwdrivers, pliers, a hammer, steel or PVC pipes or round timbers, a crowbar, and approximately six sheets of plywood or Masonite.


Empty Your Shed

Remove doors and windows from their hinges before raising the shed, so they don’t break or stretch when it’s lifted.

Create Easy Access

Remove debris, stones, garden equipment and decorations, and other things from the yard to make an even passage for moving your shed by raking the area and mowing the grass.

Provide support

Put bracers from one corner to the neighboring and beams on the shed openings to prevent the shed from twisting during transit.

Dig out the storage shed from the ground

Remove the topsoil, loosen it using a shovel, and dig around the base to free the shed. Create pickup points at even intervals all around the shed and at the four corners, dig at least half a foot deep so you can put your hands or a jack in the hollows to get a grip on the shed from underneath.


Ways to Move a Shed

You may either move your shed yourself or hire professional shed removal service depending on the circumstances of your case and your personal preferences:

Do it Yourself

If you choose to move your shed yourself, there are a few things you’ll need to do to ensure a successful move.

  1. First, clear out the shed completely and remove any shelving or other fixtures that may be attached to the walls.
    1. Next, use a measuring tape to determine the exact dimensions of the shed. This will be important when it comes time to transport the shed, as you’ll need to know whether or not it will fit through doorways and gates.
    1. Once you have the measurements, begin disassembling the shed by taking off the roof and doors. If possible, it’s best to remove any windows, as these can be fragile and difficult to transport.
    1. Once the shed is disassembled, carefully lift each piece and load it into a moving truck or trailer. You may need the help of several friends or family members to move larger sheds.
    1. Finally, take your shed to its new location and reassemble it following the same process you used to disassemble it.


Hiring a Professional Shed Removal Service

If you decide to hire a professional shed removal service, there are a few things you’ll need to do to prepare for the move.

  1. First, clear out the shed completely and remove any shelving or other fixtures that may be attached to the walls.
  2. Next, use a measuring tape to determine the exact dimensions of the shed. This will be important when it comes time to transport the shed, as you’ll need to know whether or not it will fit through doorways and gates.
  3. Once you have the measurements, contact a professional shed removal service and provide them with the necessary information.
  4. The company will then send a team of workers to your location to disassemble and load the shed onto a moving truck or trailer.
  5. Finally, the company will transport your shed to its new location and reassemble it following the same process they used to disassemble it.

Whether you decide to move your shed yourself or hire a professional service, the key is to prepare well and do your research in advance. With careful planning and attention to detail, you can successfully transport your shed to a new house with ease.

How to Transport a Shed

Depending on the size and weight of the shed, you have several options for transporting a shed.

Move your shed disassembled

The most common way to transport a shed is first to disassemble it, then load each piece onto a moving truck or trailer for transport. Please take photographs of the shed as it comes down for future reference during reassembly and make notes on the disassembled components, so you know where each one goes and all the hardware parts(so they don’t get lost during transit.


Move your shed in a truck

If you have a large truck or trailer, you may also simply load the entire shed into your vehicle and transport it as one large unit. This will require careful loading and balancing to ensure the shed does not tip during transit.

See Also: How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Moving Truck?

Move your shed on a trailer

If you have a smaller truck or just want to be extra cautious, you may also choose to transport your shed to a trailer. This will require some preparation and planning to ensure the shed is securely strapped down, but it can be a safe option for those with large sheds or heavy loads.

No matter which method you choose, it is important to be well prepared and take all necessary precautions to ensure a successful move. With careful planning, attention to detail, and a little hard work, you can easily transport your shed.


Load the Shed on the Moving Vehicle

If you want to move a small shed, loading it onto the moving vehicle should be relatively straightforward. You can typically place the shed directly on top of the vehicle, or you may need to secure it using straps or other tools. With the help of several friends, this task is easy.

 If your shed is large or heavy, you may need to consider using special equipment such as a forklift to lift it onto the vehicle safely.

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If you’re rolling the shed

  • You will require some thick plywood boards to provide a smooth surface for the shed to roll on, various PVC or metal tubes to serve as rollers and a few assistants.
  • Using the plywood sheets as walkways to construct a track from the shed to the moving vehicle.
  • Raise the shed with car jacks to fit beneath the metal pipes. Begin pushing the shed forward while resting on the first few pipes. The shed will begin to roll over the pipes as a result of your pushing and placement of pipes. After securing the shed to the trailer, walk it down until you reach the destination. Keep an eye out for low-hanging branches, power lines, and other hazards on the way.
  • When you arrive at the trailer, see if you can jack it up high enough to just slide it on top of the car. If this isn’t possible, the shed will have to be slid up a ramp, ensure there are enough people to push and pull the shed as needed, and support the structure from the sides. It would be easier to load if your shed had a tilting body and a winch.

If you’re Using a Forklift

Keep in mind that the forklift prongs must be able to fit underneath the shed and that the forks should be separated to better support the building. Make sure the shed is securely fastened to the forklift before attempting to lift it. Have someone else drive the forklift while you guide the shed onto the trailer (or vice versa). It’s important to be extra careful when using a forklift, as they are powerful machines that can cause serious damage if used incorrectly. Always follow all safety precautions, and take your time when moving heavy or large objects. Once the shed is loaded on the trailer, use straps or tie-downs to secure it firmly. Drive carefully to your destination and make any necessary adjustments along the way if needed.



Moving a shed may seem like an easy task, but it can be difficult if you don’t do your research. It’s important to do your research before you start to have an idea of what needs to be done and the right supplies to make the move go smoothly. The best way to move a shed depends on the size and weight of the shed and the distance you need to travel. With careful planning, some muscle power, and a few helpful tools, you can get your shed moved in no time! Happy Moving!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to turn a shed into a small house?

The cost of turning a shed into a tiny house can vary depending on the size and condition of the shed and any additional upgrades or modifications that may be needed. Generally speaking, you can spend anywhere from $1,000 to $30,000 on your tiny home project.


How can I move my shed without disassembling it apart?

If your shed is small enough, you may be able to move it without taking it apart. This will require some extra muscle power and a few helpful tools, but it is possible. If your shed is large or heavy, you will likely need to take it apart and reassemble it at your new location.

How do I know if my shed is too big to move without a permit?

The size and weight of your shed are the two main factors that will determine whether or not you need a permit to move it. If your shed is larger than 12 feet wide or 14 feet tall, you will likely need a permit to move it. In addition, sheds that weigh more than 2,000 pounds may require a special permit or other considerations for moving. To be safe, check with your local building department to determine if you need any special permits or restrictions when moving your shed.

See Also: Moving to a Bigger House


Who can I hire to move my shed?

Many professionals offer moving services for sheds and other large or heavy items. If you want to hire someone to help with your shed move, you can look for local movers or specialized moving companies that focus on large items like sheds. Before hiring anyone, be sure to get quotes from multiple providers so that you can find the best value. Additionally, make sure to ask about any additional fees or services that may be required, such as equipment rental or packing materials.

Written by

Alex Sherr is the founder of My Long Distance Movers, a blog that provides moving information and resources for people who are relocating. He has more than two decades of experience in the moving and relocation industry, and he is passionate about helping people relocate smoothly and efficiently. When he's not writing or blogging, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children.