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Moving mobile homes isn’t as simple as it sounds. Here’s what you need to know:
Moving a manufactured home may be very time-consuming, expensive, and exhausting. There are numerous expenses associated with moving a mobile home that you should take into account. In actuality, the stress of moving comes with a price! A manufactured home must also be moved in a variety of ways that go well beyond simply calling a tow truck company and hooking it up. Before attempting to relocate a manufactured home, you should be aware of the following:
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Most mobile home transportation companies charge $5,000-$15,000.
Manufactured homes are convenient and affordable, and many people believe they are also simple to relocate. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case due to differing legal issues from state to state, as well as high transportation, insurance, and maintenance costs. Finding the right manufactured home mover is made even more difficult by outdated lists and phone numbers.
If you intend to relocate, it is critical that you approach the decision to relocate your manufactured home with caution and all of the necessary information in order to obtain the best deal and the most value for your money. The first and most important consideration should be the cost-effectiveness of moving a manufactured home. While the term “mobile home” may imply that moving your home is simple, it is not.
Preparing Your Mobile Home For The Move:
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The mobile home transportation experts you hire can do these tasks for you at an additional cost as well:
Canceling utilities in advance and paying a licensed plumber and electrician to disconnect the home
Removing skirting and storing it safely for transport
Removing additions, decks, sheds, and air conditioning
Securing windows and glass panes so that they do not shatter during the move
Packing belongings and securing furniture inside of the manufactured home Lifting the home off the ground to install axles and a hitch.
Factors To Consider:
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Movers usually have a minimum price, regardless of how local the move is, because it is an inherently difficult task. A manufactured home move should cost at least $3,000, regardless of where you are taking the home.
In general, transportation can range from $5,000 to $15,000 for a move of less than 100 miles. This number can vary from mover to mover. However, after a certain distance, you usually begin to pay per mile. This rate is typically around $10, but it also depends on the home.
Mobile Home Size:
It stands to reason that the larger and heavier a home is, the more difficult it is to move, which directly affects the cost of manufactured home transport. The width of a manufactured home makes it especially difficult because you must navigate roads designed for much narrower vehicles. A single-wide trailer has a width of less than 18 feet, whereas a double wide trailer has a width of more than 20 feet and is towed in two separate units.
If you move a double-wide, you will be charged per section. A double-wide will cost nearly twice as much to move. A single-wide move should cost between $3,000 and $5,000, while a double-wide move should cost between $7,000 and $10,000.
Needing An Escort:
Escort cars may need to travel the entire distance with the residence during such relocation. The local government that issues the permit may feel this is necessary, the size of the home may dictate this, or it may simply depend on the specific mover’s methods. Expect to pay an additional $1–$2 per mile for each escort car.
Typically, this is not a significant factor. However, as manufactured homes become larger and heavier, more and more movers are taking it into consideration. This could be considered as an additional flat rate fee or a per-mile charge.
Additional Transportation Costs:
It is not as simple as strapping a trailer to a truck and starting to pull. Some movers include a preparation service, and you may be required to do so if your manufactured home has a problem. This service can range between $1,000 and $2,500 and includes the following:
- Disconnecting utilities.
- Separating the two sections in the case of a double-wide.
- Tying down loose appliances/furniture.
- Repairing/replacing the tires ($50 per tire), axle ($100-$200) or hitch ($200-$300).
- Loosening the home from its foundation.
- Removing items that need to be moved separately (skirting, outdoor features, etc.)
Mobile Home Setup:
The house must also be set up in its new location. Because this is nearly impossible for the average homeowner to do on their own, most moving companies include it as an additional service. The average cost is around $2,500, but it can range from $1,000 to $5,000. It could include the following:
- Placing the home on its new foundation, tying it down, and making sure it’s level.
- Connecting it to utilities.
- Reattaching anything that was removed for the move (skirting, outdoor features, etc.).
Mobile Home Permits
Don’t worry if the costs are already making your head spin! Any permits required by the local authorities in the states through which you move are usually insignificant in comparison to the actual transportation costs (around $20). Most movers will even include it in their quote. However, it’s best to double-check because not having a permit can land you in legal trouble and void your home insurance.
Can I move a mobile home by myself?
Most manufactured home owners aren’t afraid to take on new challenges on their own. However, we strongly advise against moving a manufactured home on your own. Moving a thousand square foot, 40-50 ton object is no easy task. Neither are all of the prior and subsequent preparation and setup services required.
If not done correctly, it can not only make the move difficult and land you in “hot water” with the law, but it can also jeopardize the structural integrity of your home. There is a very good reason why it becomes more difficult to finance a home the more times it has been moved – the risk of something going wrong and causing structural damage is simply too great.
Towing the mobile home by yourself would require hiring a truck, assuming you have a license. You’ll also need to hire some extra hands, rent a crane to lift and move the house, and so on. Not to mention knowing how to disconnect and reconnect utilities, separate and join the sections of a manufactured home (if you have a double-wide), and inspect the chassis for damage.
Is everything included in the price of the mobile home move?
If you buy your home new or from a wholesaler/reseller, chances are they will handle all of the transportation for you. When you buy a home, the manufacturer will often include transportation at no extra cost. Wholesalers may charge you an additional fee to relocate the home to a specific location.
Can I move my mobile home anywhere?
Again, this is an excellent question. No, you cannot always relocate your manufactured home. There’s something called a “wind zone,” and it affects where certain homes can be relocated. You can find more information on North Carolina Wind Zones here.
Who should I use for transporting my mobile home?
Take out your phone and begin dialing. Call local manufactured home movers in North Carolina armed with information about the type of manufactured home you’re attempting to relocate (size, etc.). Then, request a quote. Keep a pen and paper nearby so you can jot down what each company tells you. When you do this, you may discover that the most sensible option for you is fairly obvious.
Can I just sell my mobile home instead, will it be cheaper?
Yes, we can assist you with the sale of your mobile home. We also buy mobile homes in North Carolina for cash. We buy mobile homes all over the state. Click here for more information.