It sounds like a myth but is actually true. There are occasions when it can be profitable to buy a house and move it to where you want to live. In Sweden it has been a pretty usual phenomenon in the last decades. For those who don´t know that much about Sweden, it is a small country in Europe with about ten million inhabitants. The climate is what you call sub-arctic which means cold winters, in the north parts, with up to two-three meters of snow. In the south parts there can be, at the same time, no snow and only a couple of degrees below zero. In the summer almost the whole country has about 20 degrees Celsius in average temperature. The people in the country are concentrated to the south parts with heavy moving from the north parts. In the end of the ´90s many people moved from the north to the area around the nation’s capital, Stockholm, and this was when the moving of houses started occurring.
Why moving the house?
In the late ´70s many families built their own houses. Interest was low which lead to the fact that a house cost about the same as an apartment. In the years to come people put a lot of effort into their houses, improving and renovating as well as extending. When work opportunities started to decrease, and people lost their employments the choices were limited. The fact was that the choice often was unemployment or moving. Since everything was happening at the same time, there was partially a lack of housing in the capital area and building a new house was expensive at the time when interest was high. This was the time when people started thinking about bringing their house in the move. They had a nice home which they would lose a lot of money selling since people were moving from the north which made the market low. In many cases it seemed impossible. The reasons are that when you pick apart a house built from loose timber, it wouldn´t be anyone’s gain since you would have to build it up again. But there were houses built in blocks and sections, that would be much easier to transport and therefore be a profitable move. Instead of losing money on selling the house, they were moved to an investment in ground and with some improvements the value of the house increased without the owners being more indebted.
Moving houses today
Even today houses are being moved in Sweden. For example, in Malmberget in Gällivare, a town in the north of Sweden. In Malmberget the mine is being dismantled and the mining company is selling of some of their properties. On the ground there were some houses that were bought by the company, in their prime years, for their employees and these are now sold at a very low price. The catch is that the land is not a part of the deal. A young couple, Michaela Martinsson and Nils Henriksson, bought one of the houses at the price of 4 500 dollars. After moving the house to their own land about thirty kilometres north of the city, they have renovated the house. How much the house will cost when all is done is not defined yet, but it is a fact that the renovation is more expensive than the purchase of the house.