When you bought your garden office you may not have considered what would happen when you decide to move to a new house. But, don’t worry! You don’t have to leave it behind! You can move your amazing garden office to a new location plus it’s relatively easy and can be done for less money than buying a new one.
You can move a garden office either by dismantling, moving, and reassembling it, by lifting it with heavy equipment and placing on a flat bed truck or with only a flatbed truck. Since most garden offices are made to be portable, the manufacturer may offer services to move it for you and reassemble it at your new location.
Can You Move A Garden Office?
Remote working is so much better with a quiet space to work in. You took the time to research, design, and build out a garden office, and now that it’s time to move, you’ll need to pack it up and bring it with you. And with the right plan you should be able to do it in an afternoon.
There are a few ways you can move a garden office or shed.
How to Move a Garden Office
Dismantle and Reassemble
Most garden offices and sheds are designed to be portable. This means they have been designed and manufactured with the ability to be dismantled, moved, and reassembled without damaging the structural integrity.
Some manufacturers may even offer a moving service where they will do all the labor and moving for you. It helps them protect their brand by backing up their products and making sure it’s reassembled properly, and it helps you by taking out the hassles of doing the work yourself.
How to Dismantle a Shed
Grab your tools. You’ll need a crowbar, screwdriver, nails/screws, wooden planks, hammer, and protective sheets. Having another pair of hand to help is also a great idea.
- Empty the shed
- Remove the windows. Detach the glass panes and then pry the window frames away from the shed with a crowbar.
- Unscrew the door hinges and detach the door
- Using the wooden planks, make an X-shape on the walls and floor and nail them in. This will keep the floors and walls intact during transportation.
- Using the X-shape, install wooden planks on all shed openings. This will secure the garden office structurally.
- Finally, lift the floor and move it onto a flatbed or truck
If you don’t want to, or can’t, dismantle your shed, you do have other options.
Forklift or Crane and a Truck
Another option is to use heavy equipment and move the shed onto a trailer or flatbed truck. You can either rent a forklift yourself or hire a crane operator to come to the house and move it onto the truck for you. The shed needs to be secured with straps before it’s transported.
How to Move Your Shed With a Forklift
Grab your tools. You’ll need a shovel, flatbed truck, wooden planks, and securing straps.
- Empty the Shed
- Fit the forks under the garden office or dig two holes to provide enough space for the forks
- Fit a wooden plank in between the floor and the forks to secure the building in one place, balance it, and limit its movement
- Fasten it with securing straps
- Using the forklift, place it on the flatbed truck
- When you arrive at your new place, just reverse the process
Use Only a Flatbed Truck
If your shed will fit on a flatbed truck, it’s possible to back the flatbed underneath the front of the shed. Once it’s wedged underneath the front, then use concrete blocks to get it elevated until the flatbed will go all the way and the shed can be moved onto the truck.
This video demonstrates this nicely.
What Does It Cost to Move a Garden Office?
Depending on your method, moving a garden office costs approximately $600 – $750 if you’re using heavy equipment and as little as $200 for just a flatbed truck. There may be extra costs, as well.
- Flatbed Truck Rental
- Daily rental is approximately $200
- Forklift Rental
- Daily rental is approximately $200-$350
- Crane Rental
- Daily rental is approximately $200
- You May Have Extra Costs if:
- The site where the shed is sitting isn’t easily accessible
- Your new home is far away from the old one
- Your garden office is heavier than average, has plumbing to be dismantled, is custom built, or other nuances
Moving your garden office isn’t as complicated or expensive as you might think. For less than it costs to buy or build a new one, you can bring you’re sacred space with you to your new house. With the right help, tools, and equipment, you can get it done in an afternoon.