Grab Your Friends and Learn How to Move a Shed Like a Pro

You’re going to need a few helping hands

Dawn M. Smith
Written by Dawn M. Smith
Updated May 23, 2022
A shed with terrace and wooden garden furniture
Photo: oceane2508 / Adobe Stock
Difficulty

Challenging

Only DIY if you know what you're doing.

Time to complete

48 hours

You’ll probably need the majority of a weekend, depending on how you choose to move it.

Cost

$100–$500

Make room—this DIY requires a lot of supplies!

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What you'll need:

TOOLS

  • Cargo straps, ratchet straps or tie downs
  • Cordless drill
  • Flatbed truck or tractor
  • Floor jacks
  • Forklift or crane
  • Heavy-duty chains
  • Trailer with tilting body and winch

SUPPLIES

  • 2-by-4 boards
  • 6-by-6 boards
  • Foundation material: concrete slab or blocks, gravel
  • PVC or metal pipes
  • Scrap wood
  • Wood screws

Does a home sale or landscaping project have you thinking about moving your storage shed? It’s definitely possible, but you’ll have to evaluate if it’s worth moving—or if it’s even movable. 

With a few helping hands, you can complete the job over a weekend. Or, if you hire a pro team, it could take just hours. Here’s what you need to know about the project.

Prepping to Move Your Shed 

Before you ask your friends to block off a Saturday to help move your storage shed, you need to ask yourself a few questions about whether or not you can move it.

  • Is the shed unattached to the foundation or on skids? If so, it's portable, and you can move it.

  • Can you take apart the shed and rebuild it on a new site?

  • What is the shed’s condition? If it's poor, it probably won’t withstand the move. 

  • Is the cost to move the shed less than buying or building a new one? 

  • Is the shed easily accessible, or will you need to navigate hazards like power lines or sharp turns?

Prepare the Shed for Movement 

Regardless of how you move the shed, you’ll need to empty it. The lighter the shed, the easier and safer it is to move. To prevent damage and keep the structure intact, you should also: 

  • Disassemble, if possible

  • Remove doors and windows to pack separately and prevent damage

  • Unfasten ramps or steps

  • Fasten 2-by-4s diagonally on the shed’s inside framing to strengthen the structure

  • Screw 2-by-4s in an X shape on the floor to stabilize the shed 

  • Drill in temporary wood planks over window and door openings to keep the shape

  • Clear the paths (rocks, lawn and garden accents, toys) the shed will travel to and from its destination

  • Dig space around the shed for pick-up points and jack access to lift the shed 

  • Prepare the new shed spot by leveling the ground, creating drainage, and avoiding underground utilities

  • If the shed doesn’t have skids or a floor, add a concrete foundation made from blocks or pad or on top of level gravel

4 Steps to Move Your Shed 

Now you’re ready to get moving!

  1. Disassemble and Transport

    Men demolishing a garden shed
    Photo: petert2 / Adobe Stock

    Disassembly is the best way to preserve your shed during a move. The process might take longer than moving the overall building, but the pieces tolerate transporting better, especially long-distance. The key to success is taking many pictures and videos and creating a system for labeling the parts for easy re-construction. Don’t forget to pack all of the hardware together so you don’t lose a critical piece. 

  2. Move the Shed

    There are several ways to move a shed. Choose the option that best fits your situation. 

    • You can lift small sheds by attaching 2-by-4s to the framing lumber outside the shed about 2 feet up from the base. Then, find the studs near the four corners to affix the 2-by-4s and create handles that stick out horizontally about two feet. Finally, lift the entire structure with your friends’ help.

    • Lift the shed with floor jacks and use PVC or metal pipes under a series of thick plywood planks to roll the shed like a conveyor belt into place. 

    • Build a sled shed from six-by-sixes and framing lumber. Jack the shed, place the sled underneath, and use chains and a truck or tractor to pull it. 

    • If the shed is large, you might need to coordinate a forklift or crane operator.

  3. Load the Shed

    Whether loading the shed intact or in pieces, you’ll want to position the truck or trailer as close as possible to the shed. 

    • A trailer with a tilting body and a winch is the best solution for loading.

    • Try using the floor jacks to lift the shed to meet the vehicle and slide it in. 

    • Use a ramp to move the shed to meet the truck bed. 

    • Secure the shed with cargo straps, ratchet straps, and tie-downs.

  4. Rebuild or Secure the Shed

    A man building a garden shed
    Photo: markim / Adobe Stock

    After preparing the new site, it's time to unload and secure the shed. If you’re rebuilding, consult your photos and labeling system. If you’re moving the entire shed, you’ll use the same methods to unload as you did to load. Use the ramp or tilting body trailer to remove the shed and place it on the sled or planks and poles to transport it to the new site. After finding the perfect spot, unscrew the bracing and re-install the doors, windows, ramps, and stairs. When you’re ready, unpack the shed contents and organize the interior.  

DIY Moving a Shed vs. Hiring a Pro

Your storage shed’s dimensions, your budget, and your DIY capabilities will help you decide how to move your shed. 

Move the Shed Yourself 

Choose the DIY option if you're moving the shed a short distance, like on your property or to a new house nearby or if you can disassemble it. With help from extra pairs of hands, you can lift a small shed into the truck's bed and secure it. 

If the shed is large, you’ll likely need a trailer (a tilt trailer with a tilting system is best to help you load and unload) or a flatbed truck. Some trucks and trailers have winches to help you pull the shed on board, but depending on the size and weight of the shed, you might need a forklift or crane. 

Hire a Shed Moving Company 

If you’re not interested in a DIY move or the storage shed is extra heavy and oversized, consider hiring a professional moving company near you. They have the experience, tools, and equipment to make quick work of the relocation. Also, consider hiring a moving company for long-distance or cross-country moves—it’s the best way to make the move without damage.  

If you have the time, a team of manual labor, tools, and materials to move your shed yourself, you could save hundreds of dollars. But if you don’t, hiring a professional shed moving company could be the answer. They’ll get the job quickly, efficiently, and safely. Their fees range according to your shed's size, weight, and material. You’ll also pay according to the relocation distance, hours on the job, and any specialized services, like jacking or digging. 

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