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The Shed Mover

Terry Scheetz and his son, Reese, along with Joey the dog, operate Terry The Shed Mover.

About 10 years ago, Terry Scheetz was endeavoring to create a scrap metal reclaiming business in Nevada.

As part of the business, he built a trailer.

“In Nevada, we get a lot of illegal dumping, and scraping shot-out cars was legal,” he says.  “Then the law changed and so did that business.”

After that, Scheetz made use of the trailer … to move sheds for himself and some friends.

“One of those friends suggested I advertise shed moving as a service,” he recalls. “At first I thought this would have no chance. Now, about 10 years later, I realize how wise that friend really is.”

Today, Scheetz operates Terry The Shed Mover LLC, moving up to 500 sheds a year in Nevada.


Scheetz acknowledges that he had a lot to learn about moving sheds when he first started the business.

“The first years were all about a steep learning curve,” he says. “There was a lot of learning.”

That education included finding out what tools and approach would work in each yard and with different shed types. Also, designing and redesigning specialized tools to address really sticky moves or types of sheds that are always a challenge.

“The seasons here impact us in that we are either really busy working or busy playing because snow, mud, or wind prevents work,” he shares.

He also learned about dealing with customers.

“Discovering that not everyone knows the dimensions in their yard and talking them through how this process works and what needs, or doesn’t need, to happen to get the shed where they want it,” Scheetz says. 

He also discovered a few things about himself and running a business.

“Learning what my time and effort was really worth, and learning how important my reputation that I am trustworthy, dependable, and conscientious is in terms of word-of-mouth and repeat customers,” he shares.


Today, Scheetz works with his son, Reese. Early on, he says he made the choice to stay small, but with Reese on board and invested, those plans may change.  

“We are still a one-truck operation, but this was part of the early learning curve, figuring out what truck type works best in a generalized way,” he shares.  

Terry The Shed Mover has three specialized trailers to move sheds.

Scheetz and Reese switch between three trailers, all specialized for yard access, shed type, and load. He points out that he specially constructed each trailer with hydraulic knife-edges, tilt decks, and winches for driving under the sheds and pulling them to center on the decks. 

An essential shed-moving tool is a Mule, which is attached to the Ram 3500 via a pulley system and goes to almost every job.

“Having it handy has saved more than one job and my back,” he says.

Other specialized tools include attachable rollers to save shed frames; a ½-inch depth, motorized jack that allows pick up from flat; and wedges … lots of wedges.   

“We get business from all kinds of folks, homeowners that want to improve their view, people relocating, builders who need sheds transported, rent-to-own agencies that need their property repossessed, and even one playhouse that has been moved five times for the grandkids,” says Scheetz.  

“The difficult moves that stand out tend to have more to do with neighbors who have an opinion on placement or the couple who didn’t communicate and can’t decide where they want their new shed,” he shares. 

Then there was the llama shelter.

“The strangest moves include the llama shelter to a mountain ranch and getting spit on for the effort,” Scheetz shares. “Moving sheds/coops with chickens (that answered to its name), peacocks and even a goat, once.”


These days, Scheetz is more than a shed mover. He’s also refurbishing and selling sheds.

“Part of learning how to generate business has been to look for the sheds and promote myself as a mover,” he points out. “It came natural that the run-down, old-looking sheds that weren’t selling, I could pick up, give some attention to, and sell with the bonus of delivery.”

He sells three to five refurbished sheds a month by posting them on Craigslist or Facebook.  

Depending on the shed, Scheetz says refurbishing includes shoring up the walls, replacing studs, adjusting door frames or doors, replacing rusted/broken hardware and shingles, cleaning up the inside, painting the floor and the outside, and then presenting a used shed for sale and delivery. 

“At first I wanted to present a used but ‘new’ product,” he says. “I have since learned that people on a budget just need a shed that is straight, has a door that works, a roof that doesn’t leak, doesn’t smell, and looks good. These days, refurbishing doesn’t take as long.”

As with the shed moving part of the business, Scheetz is learning as he goes.

“I have learned not to invest in sheds with a lot of missing shingles, internal water damage, black mold growing up the siding, rotted frame, or anything plastic,” he shares. “Otherwise, we will give it a shot.”

As Scheetz mentioned, the future for Terry The Shed Mover is a little different with Reese on board, and expansion is no longer out of the question. 

“And I get enough enquirers from adjacent regions that it could work, but it’s doubtful we would ever be throughout the West Coast,” he points out.

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