Our above ground safe rooms are easy to move and re-install in a new location after a customer purchases a new home or relocates. Our customized equipment makes the initial installation and future re-installation very easy and nearly seamless. We only need a week’s notice in most cases. The average cost to move and re-install a safe room is about $500.00 vs purchasing a new one. That will cover all of Arkansas. If we need to perform the move out of state then the costs will increase, but most likely not nearly as much as purchasing a new shelter.
What Does it Cost to Move a Storm Shelter?
Typical costs for an above ground safe room starts at $3,500 for a 4×4 and goes up from there. So it can be a significant savings. If you would rather just purchase a second unit from us to install in your new home, then you will receive an additional 10% customer loyalty discount on your shelter purchase. We appreciate your business and we want you to know it!
Relocating a Garage Floor Shelter
The garage floor shelters cannot be moved without significant costs. We would have to bring in fill dirt after the removal of the shelter, and put concrete and finish it to match the rest of the floor. In the past customers with garage floor shelters just purchase a new shelter when they relocate. Having a storm shelter already installed in a home is a great selling point to potential buyers and will increase the value of the home. If there are two similar houses on the market for a potential buyer to choose from, at similar prices, then the home with the shelter will usually win out.
Moving an Above Ground Safe Room
Our above ground safe rooms carry a lifetime warranty, so there is no need to worry about the move compromising the structural integrity of the unit. After all they are engineered to withstand an EF-5 tornado! All new anchors will be utilized in the re-installation at the new location. In fact the anchors we use most often are a chemical type adhesive anchor which creates a permanent bond between the anchor rod and your concrete slab. Much like how rebar and concrete work together. The anchors are not completely removable from the slab due to the epoxy. So in the instance of a relocation we would come in, remove the nuts and washers from the anchors, lift the safe room from the anchors, and then grind them level with the floor.
Also, permits are not typically required for above ground safe rooms, so no need to worry about permitting in the new location. We will need to obtain a permit to install an in ground shelter in most areas that fall within the city limits. The cost is very cheap, usually ranging between $10 and $30. This is usually done by the municipality just to verify that we (the contractor) are reputable, insured, and trust worthy. It’s more of a hassle than anything, but it is something we are happy to do.