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The Biggest Tiny Move

First off, I want to give a big shout-out and say thank you to the community of readers here at The Tiny Life for the wonderful advice many of you sent me on moving our home.  When you’ve never done something like this it is so incredibly helpful to gain insight from those who’ve gone before you!

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Thanks to suggestions from this blog, as well as the Facebook page and CharlestonTinyHouse.com, we decided to set up a profile page on U-Ship.com and give it a whirl. U-Ship is an online global shipping service connecting individuals and businesses with transportation providers. It works like this:

1. Create a username and password.

2. Fill out a profile.

3. Load a picture and description of what you want shipped.

4. Enter your price range and location.

5. Wait for bids.

After a couple of days we had 3 bids! I didn’t actually expect anything to come of it. I figured most service providers would be out of our price range, but lo and behold we found Roger Howell, or really he found us. With a great price, lots of positive reviews and an excellent, professional profile we thought he was the best bet for the job. He not only moved our home within our budget but without a scratch on it! It was such a relief to be without all the added stress and time of towing it ourselves, especially through a northeastern winter. Plus, it would have cost us as much, if not more, to move it ourselves after renting a truck, paying for gas and taking out insurance. Uship covered us up to $15,000 in damages and as the carrier, Roger also had insurance providing us with a sense of security that was well worth the investment.

The experience was not without hiccups. There were delays on our house due to the severe winter weather we had up ushiphere in early February but Roger was very communicative and sent e-mails and texts as soon as we had questions or something happened en route. We figured it gave us more time to find a place for the house so we weren’t upset at the delay. Nevertheless, it was great to work with a professional who was in the business of towing large shipments, provided quick, clear communication and was first and foremost concerned with getting us our shipment safely.

moving la casitaWe were a bit skeptical of this site at first but in the end we were really happy with the experience. The website is very clear and informative and carriers have profiles and reviews by customers who’ve shipped with them. With very little time to prepare for our move it felt like a huge weight off our shoulders. It wasn’t without work on our part. We had to hook up lights, check our brakes, pack and board up the house and get a license plate for the trailer. It took about 2 weeks to get everything together and ready to go but it was well worth it. We left ahead of the house and were able to arrive in Vermont, place ads and find a home for La Casita in a couple of weeks. If you have a tiny house to move, I’d recommend the services the website provides. Doing it yourself is a rite of passage for some but for us it was going to be more hassle and expense than we wanted to deal with. Hopefully, we won’t have to move the house again. It ain’t cheap moving a tiny house, no matter how you do it. We figured it out to be about a $1/mile so at 1200 miles there was definite expense.

Living the tiny life has its perks but before this adventure I was foolish in thinking it would be a cheap and easy dwelling to move. It’s definitely a more flexible option in life but I’ve learned that more than anything, I want to stay put in La Casita and not have to uproot her too often. Hopefully, this is the last move we’ll be making for a long time and we can settle in to this new chapter of our tiny life.

Your Turn!

  • What alternatives do you know of for shipping a tiny house?
  • Has anyone else used Uship? What was your experience?
  • How has The Tiny Life readership helped you?
  • If you’ve moved a tiny house, what did you find were the most cost effective options?

 

2 Comments
  1. Great article. Thanks for sharing the actual estimated expense. That does put things in perspective.

  2. Hi, I recently found your blog. Thanks for all the work.

    As a Tiny houser, myself, who moved in July 2012 from the midwest to the West Coast, I know the experience.

    I have a 34′ Tiny house that I had just completed construction on in July. My plan was to follow behind my house as the company hired, pulled my home. It worked out just fine. I paid about 3500. I paid more compared to your bid because of the additional gas, and the need for a heavier duty truck, my estimate is. It was moved with an F350 dually.

    I was so worried. I’d never moved so far before and this is my first Tiny house. I was so concerned that ‘something’ would happen. We had one hour and half delay for a minor maintenance issue and I’m so glad I was following behind to see it. My Home towed with no problems, no damages. I put a “mask on the upper 2/3s of the front to divert wind and protect from bugs, with 2 pieces of 1/4″ plywood, kind of like you did with wood on the windows.

    I made it here and am so happy. I love my home. I moved once since being here (about 30 miles) and I have to say how nice it is to move all your stuff in half a day. You just pack breakables inside, unhook, remove blocks, connect up to truck and go. You don’t even have to take food out of the frig/freeze. It’s so awesome.

    So I’ve been living in my home since July and am so happy. Everyone seems to be really impressed with my home. I wasn’t ready for all the attention. I feel like a star.

    I’m doing a vlog on You-tube, talking about my experiences. I took video as I was building the home and want to educate others on building thier own eco-friendly homes, as well. The link is above or you can go to Livinghouse47 on You-tube.

    BTW- you house is so cute. With all it’s windows boarded up it looks ready to weather a hurricane.

    Thanks so much.

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