Relocating the Existing House in Order to Clear the Lot

When purchasing a lot in an urban area, often there is a house that already exists on the lot. If the plan is new development, that means that the lot needs to be cleared.

If the house is in bad shape, the easiest solution is often to demolish it. But if it is in good condition, as was the case with the Pecos house, there are folks that would like to have it!

Because of Austin’s home cost, zoning, and Land Development Code, moving a house within the city limits is not often done. For most people, the cost of getting the house up to city code, plus the cost of the land, means it isn’t feasible.

We still really wanted to find a new owner for this house, so we worked with Oliver Billingsley, with Billingsley House Moving and Demolition to achieve this.

With his help, we were able to get this house moved to a small town south of Austin, Kyle, Texas. This means that the new owners got a house for less than the cost of building new. In this case, the move, reassembly of the house, rewiring and re-plumbing of the house probably cost them about $40,000 – $50,000. Considering the shape this house was in and the interior level of finish out, this was a steal!

We were able to benefit from this arrangement, too. In addition to making us happy by not tearing down a perfectly good house, we were able to have less on the job waste, and save the cost of the demolition.

That’s a win-win in my book!