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Movers of Residential and Commercial Structures

  • House & Building Moving
  • Leveling
  • Basements Excavated Under Existing Buildings
  • Foundation Replacement
  • Historical Structure Moves
  • Heavy Hauling
  • Boat Moves
  • Roof Raising

Serving Bellingham, Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan & Island Counties

altWhatcom House Movers has been relocating houses and structures in Bellingham, Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and Island Counties in Washington State since 1982 and has moved and raised hundreds of homes, buildings and structures of all sizes and shapes.

We thoroughly engineer the logistics of the project and have a crew of highly skilled structural movers to do the actual moving and raising of buildings or structures. Whatcom House Movers has the reputation, expertise and bonding necessary to complete jobs in a safe and timely manner.  We also have the capability to install concrete foundations.

We have moved numerous homes, barns, commercial buildings, boats and all sorts of oversized objects - usually with an audience gathered around. Whatcom House Movers is capable of handling the toughest moving or raising jobs and ensuring that our customers are more than satisfied with the experience and outcome.  The Nielsen Brothers are among our recent satisfied customers.  This is the story of their moving project.

The Nielsen Building, located close to the shoreline was one of Bellingham’s oldest commercial office buildings built in the downtown area in 1911. Over the last 100 years the ground underneath the building settled considerably, leaving the building with a difference in elevation of 3 feet from the northeast corner to the southwest corner.  In 2010, with the building sinking at an alarming rate, the owner was told it was unsafe to work in and something had to be done.  Being that this was a historical building, the Nielsen Brothers wanted to save it and bring it back to its original glory the day it was constructed in the early 20th century.

altAfter assessing the scope of the work to be done and due to the extensive size of the project, Whatcom House Movers along with friend and fellow house mover, Del Davis of D.B. Davis Structural Movers, began the process of raising the building. The initial step was to support the northeast corner of the building, making it safe to be able to work underneath. After the steel beams were placed underneath the building in specified locations, 24 hydraulic jacks were setup to raise the building. The process of raising went fairly slowly due to the large size and weight of the building. The total weight of the building including the steel used to move it was 270 TONS! Six - 50 ton Regent Dollies were positioned to drive the building out to a temporary site while new pilings, footings and foundation were built.

Today the Nielsen Brothers building project is complete, the building has been moved back to its original site, lowered down on its new foundation where it has been remodeled and returned to its original grandeur.

 

A Family Company

Whatcom House Movers is a family owned and operated business that has proudly served Bellingham, Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and Island Counties for more than 30 years.  David Edelstein, president, worked with his father in the construction business, for more than 50 years.  In 1982, David purchased the required equipment and formally went into business as a structural mover.
 
From the time Josh Edelstein was very young, he worked with his father, David, particularly when it came to any house moving project.  Now with a degree in Construction Engineering from California State University Long Beach, Josh has joined his father as a second generation structural mover.

Professional & Local

"Whether you have a business or residential structure to move, we can help you.  You can trust us to move your home or structure with the greatest care and experience. 

We have a team of skilled professionals who successfully directed many structural moves over the last 30 years. 

Whatcom House Movers considers ourselves one of the leaders in the industry in the Pacific Northwest. "

David Edelstein, President