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Moving a Mobile Home Cost


How Much Does Moving a Mobile Home Cost?

 
average costTransport-Only Move: $700-$3,500high costFull-Service Move: $3,000-$14,000+
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Mobile homes are built on a chassis designed to be moved. The cost to relocate a unit is determined by the size, the distance to be traveled, and whether it is transport only or a full-service move which includes disconnect and reconnect of utilities, porches or other attachments.

Typical costs:

  • In a transport-only move the readied unit is attached to a towing vehicle, moved to the new location and unattached for about $700-$1,000 for a single-wide home moving up to 60 miles, $2,000-$2,500 for a double wide and $2,600-$3,500 for a triple wide, depending on the length and height of the home, the location, travel distance and local regulations. These rates are based on per-mile charges. Shorter distances will cost less, longer moves will cost more.
  • Full-service mobile home moves of about 60 miles that include disconnect, reconnect and transport will cost about $3,000-$5,000 for a single-wide unit, $4,000-$10,000 for a double-wide and $10,000-$14,000 or more for a triple-wide, depending on size and location. Taller homes with cathedral or gable roofs typically cost more to move because possible travel routes may be limited, often resulting in more miles.
  • Moving companies typically charge about $4-$5.50 per mile for the towing vehicle and about $1.50-$1.65 per mile for the pilot cars, depending on distance and price of fuel. For example, Riley's Transport[1] in California will move a small single-wide mobile home within the state up to 60 miles starting about $1,000, depending on size and location.
  • DIYers who choose to disconnect or reconnect[2] the unit will need skirting tools, a plumber's wrench ($15-$20) and plumbing knowledge. Call the local utility company to make sure electricity is turned off. Mobile home transport is best left to licensed movers as many details from correct-sized tow vehicle, lead cars permits, route selection based on side of load, and hookups must all be correctly completed.
Related articles: Mobile Home Skirting, Mobile Home, Mobile Home Insurance

What should be included:
  • Mobile homes building standards are specific to the region in which they are built. Because winds, snow loads and rains vary greatly across the country, the homes should never be moved to an area with completely different weather patterns. The data plate[3] on the mobile home will identify the unit's proper zone.
  • A transit-only move should include all necessary permits, liability insurance, lead and chase vehicles, hookup and transport to the new site, followed by unhooking at the end site. The client or agent will have removed all skirting, attached carports or sheds, and other utilities, along with packing of personal belongings. Often the original wheels on a mobile home unit have either been removed or are degraded. The professional moving company will check the condition of the wheels, tires, chassis and the axles. Any necessary repairs or rentals should be included in the price.
  • Full-service movers will disconnect all utilities, skirting and attached structures, along with ensuring the tires and wheels are road ready. In addition, they should provide the necessary permits, liability insurance and lead and chase vehicles during transport. At the final site, all connections and setup is included.
Additional costs:
  • Permits are needed for each county and state through which the mobile home will be traveling. In areas where highway patrol escorts are needed or in areas where the size of the home requires a circuitous route, the costs will increase, depending on jurisdiction. The transportation departments in some states may deny permits if they deem the mobile home to be in poor condition.
  • A moving checklist created by Boulder County, CO, lists penalties of $200 for not acquiring correct permits.
Discounts:
  • Check for available moving or move-in credits from both the seller of the mobile home and the owner of the destination mobile home park.
Shopping for moving a mobile home:
  • Prior to calling a mobile home mover, complete the mobile home information sheet[4] created by the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity in Vermont, that includes many of the questions the mover will ask. Home Park Store keeps a list of movers by state[5] .
  • Some state mobile home organizations like Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association maintain online lists of transporters and installers[6] . Check with the state mobile home association for links and recommendations.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.rileystransport.net/home
  2.  www.allmanufacturedhomes.com/html/breaking_down_doublewide_mobile_homes.htm
  3.  portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/ramh/mhs/prod01
  4.  www.cvoeo.org/htm/Housing/mobileHome/documents/Moving_Checklist_updated_9.14.10.pdf
  5.  www.mobilehomeparkstore.com/mhp_movers.htm
  6.  www.msmmha.com/transporters_installers.html
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