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I'm interested in a portable building that I can take with me when we buy our homestead. I'm interested in something 10 or 12' x maybe 20'. Can that size be moved on a truck? I know I'll have to consult local codes or transports, but is that a movable size? I know a lot of them are built of metal and I really don't care if it's metal or wood at this point, but I know something wood is going to be a LOT heavier when it comes time to move it. I *would* consult the several places around here that sell them, but I really am not ready to start that dance with the phone calls and harassment, etc. :) I thought I'd ask here first.

I'll probably buy on credit or "rent to own" as our funds are tight right now. We're currently renting two mini warehouse units that are $133/month so that'll free that money up. I could build it myself if it's wood, unless the city says I need a permit because they won't let you pull a permit here unless you're a licensed contractor. I've never worked with metal siding like that before, but could probably manage with YouTube or instructables.com or something like that. Thoughts, ideas, concerns?
 

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Build the frame so you can dismantle the sides and the roof in sections when you move.
Here, if you put a "shed" on skids, it's not taxable. I don't know how large it can be before you can't put it on skids.
 

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Have you checked Craig's List or similar for a shed that is already built? My brother has purchased several that way and if they are already on skids it's not that hard to winch it up on a trailer. He got a nice 10x14 for 300.00 and it was even already wired for electricity.
 

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We just paid to have a 12 X 60 singlewide mobile towed to our property. DH had also built 10 X 20 buildings and those are also movable. However, you need to confirm how high they can be before you build one (height is restricted for moving). As was posted, be sure and build it on a trailer to begin with, then it will be easy to tow away.
 

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What about something like this? Moisture sensitive items could be packed in rubbermaids or wrapped in plastic.

http://www.menards.com/main/mobile...-x-20-x-10-grey-shelter/p-1696985-c-10153.htm
Couldn't really handle something like that or a standard trailer. We live on a corner lot in the city and our back yard is exposed. I have a small space to put this in and I could handle a nice looking shed, but not much else. Once we're on the homestead, either would be a good possibility, but not where we are now. I'll probably have to just get with the portable building folks and start pricing something out. That's my main concern, being able to take it with me, otherwise I feel I'm just wasting money.
 

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Dang, I wouldn't know how to go about making it disassemblable, if that's a word. I'm not that smart! LOL I wish I *could* find something like that on Craigslist. We're kind of in "no man's land" for something large like that, but if I could find something that cheap Kasota, it would sure be worth paying someone to haul it!
 

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Get an 8x20 shipping container to use as your building. Then you can pack it full when it's time to move.

Max width is 8'6" before an oversize permit is needed. Max hieght 13'6". So if the truck bed is 3' high then your shed would have to be under 10'6" before an oversize permit is needed.

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Lehmans and Im sure some other places sells those metal corner angle sockets that you slip over the 2 bys to make up the frame. There pretty reasonable.
 

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Lark Builders Inc.
Vidalia, GA 30474
912-538-1888

Www.larkbuilders.com

PSA: I have no monetary nor family interest in this company

The "lapsider" with man-door plus garage door is a very versatile building. Built to SE hurricane code and braced to the max! Can be pre-wired for electric. Add a ridge vent.
Comes in several sizes.

They deliver on a slide-off, level, shim, and anchor. The building can be moved by their subcontractor later for a reasonable fee (son paid $300 for a 10-mile move).

I don't know where you are in GA but a quick call to them will put you in touch with a local distributor.

PS. The porch model is our grands' "guesthouse". They did all the work themselves, right down to the stools and windowboxes LOL

Hope this helps :)

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Around here the Amish build those little buildings and sell them on monthly payments very reasonably. I wouldn't build one when it is so easy and cheap to buy one, and even let them set it up. They haul it right to your place and set it all up, level it, even build to order. We haven't bought one for a couple of years, but the last one was $1500 for an 8x10 built to order. They even bring it out, set it up, level it, etc. I am sure they cost more than they did 2-3 yrs back, but it would still be reasonable. We paid about $40/monthly for less than 2yrs plus a small down payment and delivery fee. I don't remember the exact down payment, but it was about $1500 total for delivery and everything.
 

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I'm interested in a portable building that I can take with me when we buy our homestead. I'm interested in something 10 or 12' x maybe 20'. Can that size be moved on a truck? I know I'll have to consult local codes or transports, but is that a movable size? I know a lot of them are built of metal and I really don't care if it's metal or wood at this point, but I know something wood is going to be a LOT heavier when it comes time to move it. I *would* consult the several places around here that sell them, but I really am not ready to start that dance with the phone calls and harassment, etc. :) I thought I'd ask here first.

I'll probably buy on credit or "rent to own" as our funds are tight right now. We're currently renting two mini warehouse units that are $133/month so that'll free that money up. I could build it myself if it's wood, unless the city says I need a permit because they won't let you pull a permit here unless you're a licensed contractor. I've never worked with metal siding like that before, but could probably manage with YouTube or instructables.com or something like that. Thoughts, ideas, concerns?
..........Why pay someone every time you move to move your storage shed ? The answer is...........purchase a Cargo trailer , 8.5' wide , 24 feet long , by 8 feet tall ! Make sure it has 2-5,200 lb axles with electric brakes ! 5,200 lb. axles have 6 studs for each wheel , DONOT buy a heavy trailer with 3,500 light weight axles . , fordy
 

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Well, I'm only planning on moving one more time. :) When I got on Craigslist, I did see all the shipping containers, but I know Mama's not going to want one of those in the back yard. (sigh) I also saw some GREAT deals on those construction trailers like they use on job sites or for school expansions, but those are too big for the spot I have in mind. Man! 15x45 with doors, windows, insulation, heat, A/C and some of them plumbed for $3500! That looks like a great deal to me. Once we get where we're going, I might buy a couple of those for shops or guest space. With a pole barn type roof over them to help keep the weather off of them, I bet they'd last a good long while.

All of these are good ideas! And they all beat the heck out of paying $133/month for mini warehouses which is like flushing that money down the toilet every month! I'll be working on this next week and I'm going to print out this thread and check every option available locally to help in my search. My goal is to be out of the mini warehouses by the end of the year. That's like a week from now for me with the way I get things done around here! :) I appreciate everyone's input!
 

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I'm interested in a portable building that I can take with me when we buy our homestead. I'm interested in something 10 or 12' x maybe 20'. Can that size be moved on a truck? I know I'll have to consult local codes or transports, but is that a movable size? I know a lot of them are built of metal and I really don't care if it's metal or wood at this point, but I know something wood is going to be a LOT heavier when it comes time to move it. I *would* consult the several places around here that sell them, but I really am not ready to start that dance with the phone calls and harassment, etc. :) I thought I'd ask here first.

I'll probably buy on credit or "rent to own" as our funds are tight right now. We're currently renting two mini warehouse units that are $133/month so that'll free that money up. I could build it myself if it's wood, unless the city says I need a permit because they won't let you pull a permit here unless you're a licensed contractor. I've never worked with metal siding like that before, but could probably manage with YouTube or instructables.com or something like that. Thoughts, ideas, concerns?
If I were planning on moving it, it would be 8 ft wide and no longer than 16 ft long. That can be moved without permits and other problems. It is also the size of a sheet of plywood.

Generally speaking unless it is on a foundation no permits are required.
 

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Well, I'm only planning on moving one more time. :) When I got on Craigslist, I did see all the shipping containers, but I know Mama's not going to want one of those in the back yard. (sigh) I also saw some GREAT deals on those construction trailers like they use on job sites or for school expansions, but those are too big for the spot I have in mind. Man! 15x45 with doors, windows, insulation, heat, A/C and some of them plumbed for $3500! That looks like a great deal to me. Once we get where we're going, I might buy a couple of those for shops or guest space. With a pole barn type roof over them to help keep the weather off of them, I bet they'd last a good long while.

All of these are good ideas! And they all beat the heck out of paying $133/month for mini warehouses which is like flushing that money down the toilet every month! I'll be working on this next week and I'm going to print out this thread and check every option available locally to help in my search. My goal is to be out of the mini warehouses by the end of the year. That's like a week from now for me with the way I get things done around here! :) I appreciate everyone's input!
Do a Dave Ramsey thing and sell that junk. Why buy it a second time form some one who does not own to start with. What you spend on rent will probably buy those items.
 

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I checked pricing and until you went to 14' wide, the shipping wasn;t an issue even with a 12' width. Fourteen foot for some reason triggered additional shipping costs regardless of source. My guess at some point escorts are needed. Those aren't free. And the dealers/builders aren't up front about why there's an additional cost.
 

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Do a Dave Ramsey thing and sell that junk. Why buy it a second time form some one who does not own to start with. What you spend on rent will probably buy those items.
I agree, but there are a lot of things I actually need, material storage, equipment storage, etc. Plus we store a lot of stuff for our business, so at *least* we can write off the expense. :) But having it all here at the house will be a big plus, and we're not just totally throwing the rent money away. Your point is well taken and I *will* be tossing a lot of stuff when we move it all, but the space is definitely needed. :)
 

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I've asked on my FB page for local recommendations and got several from friends. I'll start visiting them soon and compiling my data, such as how large can be moved, etc. I'll report back my findings in case anyone else is in a similar situation.
 

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I agree, but there are a lot of things I actually need, material storage, equipment storage, etc. Plus we store a lot of stuff for our business, so at *least* we can write off the expense. :) But having it all here at the house will be a big plus, and we're not just totally throwing the rent money away. Your point is well taken and I *will* be tossing a lot of stuff when we move it all, but the space is definitely needed. :)
That is like giving me $10 so you can save $3. Since you do not want the other $7 please send it to me. Gifts are not taxable until they exceed $10,000. Take the tax deduction for the capital improvement.

My dumb banker wants me to have on deposit the same amount of money I want to borrow. I told them that is past ignorant. Why would I give you my money and pay you to spend it? They pay what 1 or 2% and want me to give them 18% to use my money. They must be crazy stupid. For that there is no cure.
 

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Lark Builders Inc.
Vidalia, GA 30474
912-538-1888

Www.larkbuilders.com

PSA: I have no monetary nor family interest in this company

The "lapsider" with man-door plus garage door is a very versatile building. Built to SE hurricane code and braced to the max! Can be pre-wired for electric. Add a ridge vent.
Comes in several sizes.

They deliver on a slide-off, level, shim, and anchor. The building can be moved by their subcontractor later for a reasonable fee (son paid $300 for a 10-mile move).

I don't know where you are in GA but a quick call to them will put you in touch with a local distributor.

PS. The porch model is our grands' "guesthouse". They did all the work themselves, right down to the stools and windowboxes LOL

Hope this helps :)

In His Love
Mich
Great info, thanks Mich. I just called their local dealer and got a price of $4430 for a 24 x 12 building, with one 42 inch door and 4 windows, pre-wired, delivered and leveled. And next year when I need it moved, $325.

I'm thinking I can't build something from scratch for much less than that price. Also, I think I would want a larger door. What do folks think?
 

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