How to Move a Large Metal Building


If you are dealing with an outbuilding having a placement not ideal, or you would like to move it to another area of your yard, building a skid can be an efficient way to get the job done. Moving a building using a professional moving company is costly. In some cases, the cost exceeds the purchase of a new building. Use of skids, with braces fixed along the horizontal, will help you successfully move the building and protect against flexing of the metal.

Things You'll Need

  • Circular Saw
  • Treated wood timbres
  • Floor jack
  • Jack stands
  • 2 - 2x4s
  • Tape measure
  • 8 - 3" drywall screws
  • Drill
  • Use a jack to lift the front of your shed making sure that it is raised high enough to slide your wood timbres underneath. Once raised to desired height, place jack stand to hold.

  • Use a jack to lift the back of the building now, again making sure that it is raised high enough to slide your wood timbres underneath. Use your jack stand to hold the position.

  • Using your circular saw, cut your timbres to the desired length, using angled cuts on the ends which will help your skids slide easier. Using treated timbres will also help your skid move easier along the ground and then can remain under the building to serve as a foundation if you wish.

  • Slide the skids underneath the side supporting walls so that they run the length of your building.

  • Measure the width between your two positioned skids. Using your saw cut two 2x4s to the measured width of your building. Fasten the 2X4s between the skids with three-inch drywall screws to lend stability to the building as it is moved and prevent flexing of the metal.

Tips & Warnings

  • Attach a tow rope to the front supporting 2x4. Choose the vehicle you will need to use based upon the size and weight of your building, noting in your user's manual the towing capabilities for your vehicle.
  • Tow your building slowly along on the skids to the desired location.

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