I've watched a few minutes of two houses being moved. The big one that went down a busy commuter road through a village was interesting They had to have some of the power and phone lines disconnected briefly, then quickly rehooked. That house was "free", but who knows what the moving, the preparation and the insurance must have cost.
Years ago I looked up from doing dishes at the sink to see the whole kitchen window view filled with a giant 4 story Victorian rolling slowly by. The street was a 3 lane, long straight one way so a prime choice for house moving.
There had been no notice that this was going to happen so was rather a shock. But a pleasant one. There were two untility crews one a block ahead of the house and one behind. At each intersection, the first crew raised the utility lines and stop lights, the house passed under them and the following crew replaced them. It was all slow, stately and incredibly quiet.
We have one long block of large old 2-story houses in this city which seem so out-of-place. That's because they weren't built there. I know where some of them originally were. Where I live, the house across the street was a farmhouse from several miles away. There's also a story like Cabin's. In the 1950s, I fished in a place where there used to be a mill and a house beside Lake Wisconsin north of Merrimac. Remains of the mill were there but only the house foundation existed. No sign of ashes or any scrap so I always wondered what happened to it. 50 years later, I signed up for Internet with a company based there and I commented that I used to fish at Stoner's Bay many years ago. The person responded that he lives in that house in Merrimac. It had been moved in the winter and horses were used to pull it on the frozen lake.