How to Move a 12x20 Shed


The thought of moving a 12-by-20-foot shed may seem intimidating. With a few friends' help and a couple of hours, however, you can move a shed that size across your property if the structure has an attached floor and is not open on the bottom. Depending on the type of shed, such as one made of metal or wood, you may need to reinforce it before the move. The task of moving a shed may be tedious, but it is possible with the proper tools.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 wood studs, 4 by 6 inches
  • 5-inch long wood screws
  • Drill
  • Shovel
  • 2 to 4 hydraulic jacks
  • Wood or bricks
  • 2 tow hooks
  • 2 tow straps
  • Pickup truck at least 1/2 ton, V6 with towing package, including tow hooks
  • Remove all items from the shed.

  • Screw four 4-by-6-inch wood studs horizontally across center of the walls on the shed's interior if the shed is not sturdy. Use 5-inch long wood screws to attach the wood studs. The studs will reinforce the walls and prevent them from bending or swaying during the move.

  • Dig up soil that buries the bottom of the shed, and then create a small trench around the shed. Remove all of the soil that surrounds the corners of the shed to expose the corners.

  • Slide one hydraulic jack under each of the two front corners of the shed, and use the jacks to raise the shed. If the ground is soft, place a piece of wood or a brick under each jack to prevent it from seeping into the soil. You may use two more hydraulic jacks to raise the back of the shed if necessary.

  • Install two tow hooks to the bottom front of the shed, placing one tow hook on each end.

  • Secure one tow strap to each tow hook on the shed. Hook the tow straps to the tow hooks on a pickup truck that is at least a 1/2 ton V6. A truck at least that size is necessary to provide enough torque to move a 12-by-20-foot shed.

  • Start the truck's engine, and slowly drive the truck forward to drag the shed to its new location.

Tips & Warnings

  • An alternative method is to raise the shed, slide steel or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) rollers underneath it and push the shed to its new location. As the rollers roll out behind the back of the shed, slide them back underneath the front of the shed, and continue rolling and pushing the shed to the new location. This method may work better if your property is not smooth enough to drag the shed.
  • If you want to relocate the shed off your property, then have it lifted and towed on a trailer.

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