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How to Move Your Garden Shed: A Step-by-Step Guide

The mere thought of relocating your garden shed can be a daunting task. Let alone if it’s your first time attempting such a project. But fear not! With the right equipment and careful planning, it can be accomplished in no time.

Here at Garden Buildings Direct, we’ve got over 20 years of experience in the industry. Our experts understand the intricacies involved in moving outdoor structures like sheds. Whether you’re aiming for a new location or want to revamp your garden, this guide got you covered! It tackles everything from start to finish, so your transition goes like clockwork.

Why Move Your Shed?

BillyOh Keeper Overlap Apex Shed
BillyOh Keeper Overlap Apex Shed

Like any other garden room, relocating your shed now and then can work wonders for its upkeep. Keeping the structure in the same place over a long period of time may sustain long-term damage. Not only to the structure itself but also to the property. This principle applies to all types:

Listed below are some of the importance of shed relocation; and why moving it matters:

1. Changing weather conditions

One of the whys is the ever-changing weather conditions. Over time, a shed left in the same location is susceptible to moisture damage and UV-ray exposure. Moreover, an overgrown area around the unit can make repositioning challenging.

Harsh sun exposure isn’t the only concern, though. Rainfall can also pose a problem, particularly on uneven surfaces. Accumulated rainwater on slopes can seep into the shed base kit. If overlooked, this can lead to foundation degradation.

In such scenarios, shifting your shed to a more suitable spot is the safest and most effective solution.

​​2. Free up space

Is your shed located in an area with limited accessibility or inefficient use of space? Perhaps the corners remain underutilised. By moving it to a more suitable spot, you can unlock the full potential of your garden. You can create ample room for landscape projects and optimise your outdoor space.

3. Boost curb appeal

Making your outdoor shed stand out can be tricky, especially if its position lacks visual appeal. To ensure it receives the best exposure to sunlight, find a new, more picturesque location. This not only enhances the beauty of your garden but also infuses it with refreshing charm. This, in return, can result in a more inviting and aesthetically pleasing area to enjoy.

4. Planning permission

When it comes to sheds, they typically don’t require planning permission. But we recommend familiarising yourself with local rules. For one, this will avoid any unexpected exceptions that might arise during installation.

Overlooking these rules could halt your project. Plus, it could potentially infringe on your neighbour’s property rights. To ensure a worry-free process, make sure your shed complies with all the building codes.

Moving Your Shed

When moving the unit from one location to another, feel free to follow these steps:

Step 1: Evaluate its movability

A group of people lifting a small shed

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Not every shed is suitable for moving. So before you move yours to a new location, assess its suitability for the task. Several factors will influence the feasibility of the relocation, including the:

  • size
  • weight
  • construction material

Evaluating these aspects is an excellent starting point. Begin by measuring the dimensions of the entire structure. This information can often be found online, making the process more convenient.

To ensure a successful relocation, see to it that your shed falls into one of these categories:

  • Moveable in a truck bed. A small shed can fit into an average-sized flatbed truck, around 6″ long. Unlike a bigger unit, it can also be lifted by a group of people instead of using special equipment. If you can find out your shed size, you’ll be able to work out what size truck bed you’ll need.
  • Moveable in a trailer bed. If your shed is over 8″ long or wide and weighs more than a tonne, we recommend using an entire trailer.
  • Moveable with a forklift. If it weighs half a tonne, forklift prongs are a great tool. For this method, though, you’ll need some experience. It also might be worth enlisting help from a licensed forklift operator.
  • Not moveable at all. Suppose it’s cemented into the ground; chances are you won’t be able to move it all. It can be frustrating to have to leave a quality shed behind. But if you’re moving into a new home, your best shot is probably to invest in a new one.
  • Your shed can only be moved after disassembly. If you can take your shed apart, it could be worth doing so before you move it. This can help save on expenses incurred for experts and vehicles.

Step 2: Empty the building before moving

Even when empty, your wood shed might still weigh around 8 or 9 stones. That might not seem too heavy, but it’ll be difficult to move unless you’re Mr. Tickle! For a successful move, enlist the help of your family or friends.

But before doing so, make sure to empty the shed completely, reducing its weight as much as possible. Move all the stored items away, creating ample space to work without any obstructions. With a clear workspace and some helping hands, your shed relocation will be a breeze!

Step 3: Gather your supplies

Blue PVC pipes

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Prepare the basic tools and some extra equipment if necessary. You’ll need a dozen or more PVC pipes if you wish to use the roll-over-pipes method. Lightweight pipes also work wonders. A standard home toolkit will also do.

If you own a medium-sized shed, a forklift or a heavy jack may be needed to get it up off the ground. Better head to your local rental centre for professional help.

Step 4: Prepare the new location

A spacious backyard with a shed situated on the left side of the plot

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Access to a clear path is critical in the transportation of your shed. This will ensure you don’t trip over obstacles you can’t see while transporting. These may include lumps of grass if the lawn is overgrown or stones on a dirt path.

For a seamless moving process, prepare the area, including the new spot for the shed. Rake the area and mow the grass, or do whatever is necessary.

Once you’ve cleared any debris, prepare the garden building. If possible, take out window frames and remove the doors from their hinges. Doing so will save them from being warped and twisted into odd positions during moving.

Step 5: Dig your shed out

A man digging a shed out

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If your shed is anchored to the ground, get it out using a shovel. Experts suggest creating “gripping points” at periodical areas around the shed. This alternate method involves digging downwards.

Divots will then be created in which you can put your hands, or a jack, to get a grip of the shed from underneath. You should do this from corner to corner, with each point being at least half a foot deep.

Note: If your shed is on a not-so-level surface, take precautions. Otherwise, the structure can tumble downhill.

Step 6: Rolling over scaffolding pipes (skip if unnecessary)

If you plan to do it manually, the rolling pipes are your safest bet. The first thing you’re going to need to do is to lay your hands on some scaffolding pipes. PVC or metal pipes about 4 inches in diameter should do the trick.

Slide these underneath the raised shed, around four feet apart. Ensure they’re perpendicular to the direction you want to move them. You should only need two four poles. If the ground is very soft, the poles may slip and slide. Consider laying down two flat wooden beams parallel with the direction of movement. Do this like on train tracks.

Once the poles are set, roll it along with some people pushing from the back and supporting at the front. If it’s super heavy, you might want to use a vehicle with a winch. And as you roll it, the pipes will eventually roll out at the back of the shed, one by one. As they do, assign one person to pick them up and reinstall them at the front of the shed.

You might also be rolling the shed along further than the distance of the wooden tracks you’re using. Once they become free, move them to the front and continue the journey.

If you need to rotate the garden building, relay your scaffolding poles parallel to the shed. Push it with more weight on one side to get it to turn on an axis. The poles should assist in the rotation of the shed.

Step 7: Loading your shed onto a vehicle (skip if unnecessary)

Now, if you’re thinking of moving your shed onto a vehicle, skip #6 and proceed to this one. But note that this method can be very challenging.

This process is especially effective if you’re moving to a different property. But if you’re only transferring it to a new spot within the same garden, it should work fine.

As long as you and your help have muscle power and concentration, consider it already done! And lucky for you, there are a few different ways you can do this, despite being a bit demanding:

  • With an automobile jack. If you can lever your shed up high enough with the jack, you can slide it straight onto the truck off the jack. Make sure you park the vehicle next to the building for easy access.
  • Using a mini forklift. Slide the forklift prongs under the raised shed and lift it on.
  • Up a ramp. If your vehicle has a ramp on it, you can potentially slide it up onto the truck or trailer using brute human force. Position as many people as you can around the shed. A few at the back will need to push. Make sure they’re strong and prepared, as a gradient that’s too steep may cause the shed to fall backwards. Take the utmost care in this procedure.

Step 8: Transport and move it

Small shed in a small backyard

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Congratulations, you’ve made it to the final step! If you’re moving the shed to a new property, all you’ve got to do now is drive it there.

Once you arrive, you may do step six in reverse to unload the shed off the truck or van into position. All that’s left to do now is to put your outdoor equipment, furniture and gardening tools back in.

When Is the Best Time to Do So?

BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shed
BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shed

The moving process can be a significant undertaking, and timing is everything. Choosing the right time to relocate can make the process smoother. Here are some factors to consider:

1. Seasonal considerations

  • Spring: Spring is often a popular time for shed relocation. The temperatures are milder, and extreme weather conditions are less risky. This season provides a favourable environment for the project. Be cautious of spring showers, though. For one, wet ground can make moving heavy structures more challenging.
  • Summer: Summer offers long daylight hours and warm weather, making it an ideal time to move your shed. However, be prepared for the heat, and ensure that you and your helpers stay hydrated.
  • Fall: Fall can be an excellent time for shed relocation. This is especially true if you’re preparing your garden for the next growing season. Cooler temperatures and less moisture in the ground can make the process more manageable.
  • Winter: Winter is generally not the best time to move a garden shed. This is mainly due to cold temperatures and the possibility of frozen ground. However, it might still be feasible if you’re in a region with mild winters.

2. Plant considerations

Think about where you put your garden shed and when you move it. If you move it when plants are sleeping, it won’t hurt them. This helps keep your garden healthy. Also, make sure the structure is in a good spot for sunlight and water drainage. Don’t put it too close to trees or bushes. By doing this, you’ll have a nicer garden and a better place for it, even if it’s a plastic shed.

3. Avoid extreme weather

Wait for good weather before moving your shed. Don’t do it when it’s raining, windy, or snowing because it could be dangerous and damage your shed. Also, check if the ground is too wet or frozen, as it can make moving the shed harder. By waiting for nice weather and checking the ground, you keep yourself and your shed safe. Most importantly, the moving process goes more smoothly.

4. Plan ahead

Plan ahead before moving your shed and don’t rush it, or you might make mistakes. Get all the things you need, like tools and help from friends. If you need permits, get them early. Take your time to plan and gather everything you need, so the process will be easier and less stressful.

5. Assess your personal schedule

Consider your personal schedule and commitments. Choose a time when you and any helpers are available to dedicate the necessary time and effort to the move.

By considering these factors, you can determine the best time to move your garden shed. Proper planning and timing can help ensure a successful relocation. This also helps minimise the risk of damage and disruption to your garden.

Round-up

When lifting, make sure all sides are in equal positions. Make sure to take your time to avoid any inconvenience and injury. Hopefully, with this guide, you can transport your garden unit, wherever that may be, with ease!

If you’re considering investing in a shed, why not explore our fantastic selection? We take pride in offering extensive sheds UK. We also provide garden workshops for those seeking to take their projects to the next level. With one, you can pursue to build your own shed or setting the foundation with a sturdy garden base shed.

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