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Shed Transportation: A Solution for Moving Storage Space

September 18, 2023
 By Jacob Lee
Shed Transportation: A Solution for Moving Storage Space
Last Modified: September 18, 2023
Moving a shed is a lot harder than it seems. There are many regulations that have to be followed and preparations that must be made.

Shed transportation is a very difficult project to complete. Whether a business is moving a simple garden shack or a larger structure, shipping these buildings is not as straightforward as hauling regular cargo. If shippers don’t prepare correctly, their whole load can be at risk.

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) warns that shed transportation can be a hard process. Every type of shack will need unique treatment for shipping, such as specialized trailers and straps or cables. There is also a large amount of pre-transport planning and permits that are needed to move these structures.

Shed transportation can be difficult, but learning about the service will help shippers understand how it works. 

What Does Shed Transportation Entail?

Moving a shed isn’t as simple as it seems. It's a process that requires attention to detail and a large amount of preparation. 

Shed shipping often plays out in the following steps:

  1. A semi with a flatbed arrives for pickup
  2. A crane or forklift places the shed on a flatbed
  3. The shack is secured to the trailer
  4. Transport is performed
  5. The shed arrives at the final destination
  6. A crane or forklift unloads the structure and places it in a designated area

Before a shed can be moved, businesses need to consider the unique needs of these structures. Each one comes in different sizes and weights that require special attention. Shippers will face many challenges when moving these structures. Companies and shed transport providers will need to address these concerns before transport. 

Transportation Needs for Different Sheds

Shipping a shed isn't a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Transportation requirements can vary based on the size, construction, and purpose of the shack. 

There are a few different types of these structures that have a specific purpose, such as:

  • Gardens
  • Medium-sized shacks
  • Large, commercial shacks
  • Custom-built or unusual sheds

Garden sheds are typically lighter and can often be moved using a standard flatbed truck. However, even these types of moves still require caution. Strapping down the shed securely is essential to prevent any movement during transit. Tarps might be needed to protect it from adverse weather conditions.

For medium-sized shacks that serve as more extensive storage spaces or even workshops,  specialized equipment is involved. Flatbed trucks are commonly used for these types of structures, but additional equipment like cranes are utilized for loading and unloading.

Large or commercial shacks are the most complex to move. Typically made of more substantial and durable resources, these structures require special trailers for transportation. 

Specialized trailers include:

  • Lowboys
  • Double-drop trailers
  • Removable goosenecks (RGN)

If a shed has odd features—like an irregular shape or is constructed from special materials—businesses will need a customized transportation plan. This means picking the right trailer and equipment to move the structure safely. 

Our article on the types of trailers for hauling heavy equipment will provide more information about these platforms. 

Common Challenges In Shed Transportation

There are many challenges that businesses might face during the shed transportation process, each requiring special attention and sometimes expert advice. 

Concerns surrounding this service include:

  • Equipment availability
  • Route planning
  • Weather conditions
  • Regulations 

Flatbed shortages or those of other specialty trailers can delay the transport process. 

Oversized loads can't travel on certain roads, bridges, or tunnels. Therefore, businesses need to plan a route that’s safe enough for their shed to get from Point A to Point B. This can sometimes require last-minute detours, adding time, and complexity to the move.

Weather can throw a real wrench into the shipping process. Rain can make roads slippery, and wind can be a significant concern when moving something as large as a shed. Always check the weather forecast to ensure there will be no problems that impact the shipment.

Each state also has its own rules about what constitutes an oversized load. Failure to adhere to these rules could result in hefty fines or even impoundment of the shed. Conducting research beforehand will help shippers understand what paperwork is required.

A shack being lifted for shed transportation

How To Transport A Storage Shed

The process of moving a storage shed involves several crucial steps, from initial planning and permit requests, to selecting the appropriate transportation equipment and finally executing the move. Each part of this process has distinct procedures that shippers have to follow very carefully. We’ll show you the with our rundown of each step. 

Pre-Transport Preparation

Before a company can even think about loading their shed onto a truck, there are numerous tasks they’ll need handled.

Shippers should ready their shed for transport by doing the following:

  • Taking accurate measurements
  • Performing structural assessments
  • Disconnecting utilities
  • Clearing obstacles
  • Packing and securing

Determining the dimensions will help shippers pick the appropriate transport vehicle and obtain the correct permits. Companies should double-check their measurements to guarantee accuracy.

Checking the structure of a shed means looking for certain safety hazards like loose boards and shaky windows. If dangers like these are present, shippers should address them before transport. Any utilities will also need to be disconnected prior to moving a shed.

These include:

  • Electrical 
  • Water
  • A/C

Any obstacles surrounding the shed must be removed. This makes it easier to maneuver the structure onto the transport vehicle and minimizes the risk of accidents. Obstacles that might need to be moved include plants, furniture, and other items in proximity to the shed.

If the structure can’t be emptied entirely, items inside have to be packed or secured before shipping. Doors and windows should be fastened to prevent them from opening or getting damaged during transit. 

Essential Equipment for Shed Transportation

Transporting a shed involves more than just a truck. Various pieces of equipment are needed to ensure the move is successful, safe, and compliant with regulations. 

In addition to a trailer and loading crane, the carrier should also have:

  • Straps and chains
  • Protective covering
  • Pilot cars

Straps and chains secure shacks to the transport vehicle or trailer. The type and quantity depend on the shed's size and weight. Larger structures will require more fastening to secure them better. Straps or chains must be durable and compliant with safety standards to ensure the shed stays in place during transit. 

In some cases, shippers might want to use tarps and other coverings to protect their shacks. It’s possible that sheds will travel through rain or snow while in transit. A tarp will give it the protection it needs. 

Depending on the oversized load regulations in each state, pilot cars might need to accompany a shed during transit. Therefore, businesses should determine the regulations that apply to where their shack will be transported.  

Permitting for Sheds

Moving a shed often involves navigating a maze of permits and regulations. Permit needs vary by  state and size of the structure. If a shed is transported through multiple states, then oversized permits are needed for each.

Not providing this document can result in fines and even the halting of a shipment. There are two types of permits shippers should know about. 

These include:

  • Local permits
  • State permits

Sometimes, local government or municipal permits are required for moving oversized structures like sheds. Rules can vary greatly from one locality to another, which is why shippers should consult local authorities for specific guidelines before moving their structure. These types of documents are typically required for moving loads through certain cities or towns.

Likewise, states have rules and regulations for moving oversized loads like sheds. Certain ones will share the same rules, while others can vary slightly. Shippers will always need a state permit, while local ones will be required depending on the cities and towns a load travels through. 

The best way for a business to determine if their shed requires oversized paperwork is by contacting state and local authorities. Shippers can call or send emails requesting more information. They can also call the relevant authorities for information. 

Our article on heavy haul shipping regulations will show you the other responsibilities that you’ll have when moving oversized freight. 

Shed Route Planning

While sheds are by no means the largest type of oversized load, a special route is usually plotted when moving one. Shippers will need to map a safe path they want their structure to travel on. 

Two things that companies should consider include:

  • Traffic conditions
  • Weather forecast

Real-time traffic data should be taken into account. Congested routes can cause delays, increasing the overall transportation cost. Less busy routes, even if slightly longer, often prove to be more efficient.

Conditions like heavy rain, snow, or high winds can make some routes unsuitable for transporting large structures. Monitoring the weather forecast helps in making timely adjustments to the plan. 

Once a route is chosen, shippers will need to obtain approval from local and state authorities. After approval is given, sheds can begin to be moved through the selected route. 

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How Much Does It Cost to Transport A Shed?

Shed transport costs can be anywhere between $150 and $900. Determining the exact price is difficult because different factors impact every shipment. 

These include:

  • Size and weight
  • Distance
  • Permits and fees
  • Special equipment
  • Labor costs

The size and weight of a shed is a big determining factor in transport price. When these shacks are extremely heavy or large, it’s much more expensive to transport them from one location to another. We’ve included data on the different dimensions that sheds can come in.

The Dimensions of Sheds

Type of ShedDimensionsEquivalent in Square Feet
Small6×8 to 8×10Less than 80
Medium 8×12 to 9×1290 to 120
Large9×12288 or more

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These are the most common dimensions that small, medium, and large sheds are built with. That said, these structures can come in even larger sizes. Metal sheds tend to weigh between 50 and 100 pounds, while wooden ones can be 1,000 to 3,000 pounds. While neither of these weights exceed qualify as an overweight load, it can still influence the cost of transporting these structures.

Longer routes incur higher fuel charges and may require additional permits, which adds to the overall expense. As mentioned earlier, permits are often required for transporting oversized loads. The cost for these documents can vary from one jurisdiction to another. However, most states don’t charge an excessive amount for permits.

Special lifting equipment like cranes or forklifts is required can raise price as well. The same goes for pilot cars that travel with oversized loads. The number of professionals needed for the move can impact the price. If specialized skills are required, or if the move takes place outside of regular working hours, labor costs will be higher.

Read our article on heavy haul rates to learn more about the expenses around these services. 

Is It Cheaper to Ship A DIY Shed?

Transporting a DIY shed isn’t anymore or less expensive than transporting a regular one. The factors influencing transport costs for these types of shacks are the same. This means that expenses will vary with every unique shipment. 

However, DIY sheds are much cheaper to buy than a pre-fabricated one or a kit that has to be assembled. Shippers or companies that have the materials to build their own can bypass transportation costs altogether.  

Many of these will ship as pack-flat cargo and be delivered through standard freight services. 

A wooden shed on a property in the woods

Why Use A Professional Shed Transport Service?

Opting for a professional shed transport service comes with multiple advantages that go beyond simple transportation. Although it might be more expensive, hiring experts is extremely helpful. 

The advantages of using a professional transport service include:

  • Expertise
  • Equipment
  • Time-saving 
  • Legal compliance

Professionals have the right training and experience to handle oversized loads. This expertise can prove invaluable in navigating the challenges of shed transportation, such as securing the load properly and navigating complex routes.

 Professional services have access to the right equipment and are accustomed to working with it. With experts handling the transportation, less time is spent on planning out a shipment. This allows for a quicker relocation process, which can be especially beneficial if under a tight schedule. 

Knowing that the shed is in the hands of professionals that will help it reach ts destination safely can bring a sense of security. 

Get Your Custom Shed Transport Solution with Heavy Haul and Oversized Today!

When it comes to the complex task of storage shed transport, having a reliable partner makes all the difference. At Heavy Haul & Oversized, we bring years of experience and unparalleled expertise to ensure that your shed reaches its destination safely and efficiently.

Our services include:

  • Heavy Haul Transport: Our team of small carriers can transport your cargo using RGNs, standard flatbeds, lowboys, and double drop deck trailers
  • Consulting: Our consulting services provide you with the expert advice needed to make informed decisions.

Don't leave something as important as your shed transportation to chance. Secure your peace of mind with Heavy Haul & Oversized by filling out your quote today or scheduling your consulting session

Our experts are waiting to make your shed transportation hassle-free. Call us today at (866) 902-2713 for more information about our services.

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