Delivery and Set Up | November 29th, 2012

The Logistics of Transporting Buildings

If you’ve ever seen the shows “Ice Road Truckers” or “Massive Moves” then you already understand that transporting fully constructed buildings requires truly precise coordination and logistical planning.


If you’re considering factory construction, we’ve presented in the list below a few of the things to know about transporting your home or commercial building to its final resting site.

  • Transportation falls under provincial jurisdiction. In Saskatchewan, for instance, a second pilot truck will likely be required. Transporting a home into BC requires a completely different set of regulations including some very specific width restrictions. In Alberta, we are very lucky to have nice wide open highways (for the most part!) and here we can ship up to 27’ wide in one section on many of our highways.
  • There will be restrictions. 100% of the time our transporters will run into restrictions. It could be on the time of day they can move, where they can travel (some roads and highways are restricted), they will face load dimension restrictions and always – weight restrictions.
  • Some months are better than others. Buildings are very heavy; a basic understanding of your soil conditions is beneficial, but most professionals will come to do a site inspection for you to help you assess things. Many people want their homes delivered in the spring but that is the time of year where there are most likely to be delays because of soil conditions. The best time of year to deliver is often in the winter when the ground is hard and frozen.
  • The most challenging part of the journey is often on the owner’s site. Factory built homes and buildings can be transported hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles to their final destination. The most challenging bit is usually from the road to the placement on the lot. It is a journey that can be marked with narrow driveways and ditches, overhanging trees and landscaping, out buildings and nowhere to turn around. Most home buyers underestimate the amount of room that is required until the building actually arrives.
    Despite the precise coordination required, if you are working with a professional builder, they should coordinate the move on your behalf and guide you in the process with permits, site preparation and the like. If you choose to do it on your own, we would highly recommend you do your research and ensure your transporter is well insured, bonded and licensed.

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