In 2001 my husband and I built a house – it is a Queenslander replica (that’s another story) it took 6 weeks from start to finish because the builder had 3 crews sitting around. The following year my friends built a house, the boom had hit and the house took over 10 months to finish. Incredible!
So what is a realistic time frame for house removal? Great question! I would usually say from start to finish you can allow 3-4 months but the actual time working on the house is only a portion of this.
Where does the time go?
- deciding on the ‘right’ house (see my post on homework! this can take the longest time)
- getting Engineers plans drawn up – depending on your soil test, this can be achieved in as little as 2 weeks.
- council approval process – this is where we say “how long is a piece of string?” We have had clients get their plans approved in 4 weeks, the normal is around 8-12
- house removal queue… (what?) yep, we have a queue.. we move houses in order of council approvals. Sometimes this gets shuffled around due to bad weather in one place and clear weather at your house… so, no rain dances at house moving time!
- house preparation – it’s time! we take about 1-2 weeks to prepare a normal Queenslander, this includes any demolition work downstairs, cutting it into sections, laying down the roof and numbering all the boards we take off.. (yes, every single one) this ensures the house goes back together with the right parts in the right places.
- Moving day (or 2 or 3) – we move a large section at night (reducing traffic dramas) and smaller ones during the early hours or during the day..
- Re-assembling! – our crew are great at jigsaws.. because they have numbered everything in the preparation stage, the ‘putting together’ of the house takes around a week.
- Stumping and we are done! Stumping can take anywhere from 2 days to a week – depending on the stump holes and the house height.
Yes it is possible to move a house in a month – but it isn’t realistic. (of course this is all subject to the individual – time, place and motivation.)