Instead Of Selling House, Homeowner Moves It 7-07-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Instead Of Selling House, Homeowner Moves It 7-07-2010

Residents in one Mid-Michigan municipality had quite the parade Wednesday as crews transported an entire house from one side of town to another.
The O'Laughlin home was on the move, a rare event in the town of Coleman where a two-story home with an attached garaged inched its way out of the community.
Its final resting place, at least for now, is on the outskirts of Coleman on Herrick Road.
A few years ago, Mike O'Laughlin and his family moved to a small cabin on Herrick because they wanted their children to go to school in a different district. They finally decided to move the old homestead onto that same piece of land.
"With today's market, the way it is, we [won't] lose money moving it out there,” said homeowner Mike O'Laughlin. “By the time we would have to lower the price to try and sell it, it's been on the market for two years, no interest, so if we take it out there, we don't have to build another house."
Utility crews had to temporarily down lines stretching across the road to accommodate the move. It meant no power for awhile for some folks, who didn't seem to mind, even amidst a heat wave.
House Moved To New Location Using Coleman City Streets
"Just as it goes by they're taking them down, [then] they're hooking them back up,” said Coleman resident Gary Gray. “So the AC's been on all morning. It's still nice and cool in there, it ain't bad at all."
The move itself has generated a lot of interest. With people showing up along the route, it's almost taken on the flair of a parade.
TV5’s Craig McMorris talked with some people who have been outside for up to an hour to see the home go by.
"Well, we've known Mike and the whole family for a long time, so we thought we'd come out and see," said another longtime Coleman resident, Betty McFarland.
Lawrence Govitz and his son are, or were, neighbors of the O'Laughlin's and came out to watch the move.
"I thought [my] son should come down and see this because he'll probably never have a chance to see it again," said Govitz.
Recently the family has been living above the funeral home that they own in Coleman and they said they'll be happy to be in their old house soon.
"I’ll be excited to have everything all in one place finally," said Pam O’Laughlin.
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