Why Don’t You See Houses Being Moved Anymore?

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It occurred to me that it has been years since I’ve seen an entire house moved. We used to see about one a month when I was a kid. Is it illegal now?

Just a few months ago, I was leaning against the world’s first Taco Bell in Downey when it started to roll away. House mover Eric Brandt was at the wheel and tells me the biggest problem with moving a house is finding a place to put it. “Forty years ago you could get an over-the-counter permit for $300,” says Brandt. “Now it’s $60,000 and takes a year.” Houses are still moved, he says, but only the special ones.


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