You've built your tiny home, but now, you need to move it out to the beautiful plot of land you've purchased in the middle of nowhere. Unless your tiny home is already on a trailer, you will need to lift it with a crane to start the moving process. In addition to a crane, here are the five other things you need:
So that you can start lifting, you need a bit of clearance between the ground and the bottom of your tiny house. Cue jacks. You need to hire or buy four jacks, one for each corner of your home. Make sure that they can amply support the weight of your tiny home.
Once your tiny home is lifted, you need to slip some straps underneath it. The straps are suspended from the spreader bar of the crane, and in most cases, you can hire the straps along with the crane. Talk with the representative from the crane hire company (like one from the Freo Group) about which types of straps and hooks are right for your project. Have an estimate of your home's weight as well as its measurements so that the crane hire company can advise you accurately.
3. Wide Spreader
In addition to having straps, you also need a wide spreader bar. Ideally, the spreader bar should be about one metre wider than the widest part of your tiny home. Without ample width on the spreader bar, you want have the room you need to slip the straps around the tiny house, and it will be hard to keep your load balanced.
Unless it's only a few feet where you want it to go, you cannot simply lift your tiny home with a crane and then plop it back down. Do not plan to drive the crane anywhere with the tiny home suspended from it. Instead, have a trailer on hand. Use the crane to lift the tiny home onto the trailer. Then, haul the trailer to where you want your tiny home, and use the crane to hoist it into the desired spot.
Finally, it's not safe to use cranes in strong winds. Every crane has a different level of wind that it can handle so be sure to get the limitations of your crane from the hire company before you take it. Then, use an anemometer to keep an eye on the wind speeds. Alternatively, if you don't want to invest in that piece of handheld equipment, download a weather app onto your phone, and use that to check the wind speeds.