Costs To Move A House Inside City Of Houston and Extras

Owner expense to move a house in Houston:


Owner Location Expenses: MOVED FROM

Sewer disconnect-Licensed Plumber                          $350 & UP

A/C Disconnet- Licensed  HVAC                              $125 to $150

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                                       $100 to $150

New blocks & bases for foundation                           $300 to $350 or more

Foundation Permit                                                      250 to $350

Surety Bond $3,500                                                    $140

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                                                               $310

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 Mr. Drake 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!