Owner expense to move a house in Houston:
Owner Location Expenses: MOVED FROM
Sewer disconnect-Licensed Plumber $350 & UP
A/C Disconnet- Licensed HVAC $150 to $200
Any repair of rotten sills * price per sq foot sill
Remove any trees or fences in the way * price undetermined
New Location Expenses: MOVED TO
Sand for Building pad (2-3 loads) $200 to $300 or more
Tractor service to level sand $150 to $2000
New blocks & bases for foundation $300 to $350 or more
Foundation Permit 250 to $400
Surety Bond $3,500 $160
Water Tap $184.05 & UP
Short Tap $800 to $1,000
Long Tap $1,000 & UP
Water availability letter – if needed $79
Driveway permit $95
Driveway expense for pipe & gravel * price per foot pipe
Permit service to draw plans & get permit $350 & UP
Sewer/Plumbing hook-up-Licensed Electrician $3,000 - $6,000
Electrical hook-up-Licensed Electrician $3,000 - $6,000
A/C heating hook-up-Licensed HVAC $4,000 - $6,000
Steps & Porches built to code $600 - $1,000 ea.
Planting trees – if required 2 (two) $200
If you are located in a flood zone add these extra fees:
Flood Permit $350
Property Survey $400 & UP
Topographical Survey $1500 & UP
1st Elevation Certificate $250 & UP
2nd Elevation Certificate $250 & UP
Extra blocks need for foundation-if needed *price is unknown
If foundation requires more than 3 blocks
in height, the plans will need to be
engineered with drawings and engineer seal. *price is unknown
If you are placing the second house on a lot:
Impact fee-Sewer water meter fee $1,200 & UP
What To Look For When Buying A Vacant Lot:
1. Be sure there are no Deed Restrictions to move a house into the neighborhood. Do all the houses look similar? If so usually means there are specific restrictions for the houses in that area.
2. Be sure there is available Water & Sewer city services. Some lots located on dead end streets usually do not have water and sewer available to service the land.
3. Have A BEST drive a route to see that there is plenty of room down all streets to get a house to your lot. Usually brick mailboxes, trees, bridges, telephone poles and such get in our way.
4. Be sure you stay away from land in a Flood Zone. Many areas of town are in Flood and you need to double check that the property is not in Flood. Flood fees are expensive see the front page under Flood Zone Fees.
*Flood costs start at a minimum of $2,100.00 and UP!