|While the name "mobile home" might evoke images of one rolling down
the highway en route to its next destination, always moving from one place to
the other, the process of relocating a mobile home or trailer is actually a lot
more involved than one might realize. After all, despite their name, mobile
homes aren't really that mobile. While they are certainly easier to relocate
than your average single-family home, there is still a lot that goes into moving
a mobile home.
To figure out how much your mobile home move will cost
you, you'll need to keep all of these factors in mind when making your moving
Before the moveBefore you hit the road, there is a lot of
preparation that goes into moving your mobile home. The moving company you hire
will be responsible for most of this preparation, but since you'll be moving an
entire home, there is a lot of work that goes into making sure that all of its
contents are ready to be relocated.
- First, the movers have to lift the house off the ground and raise it high
enough to install the axles that will allow it to be towed safely and securely
to your destination.
- All windows and doors on the home need to be secured as well and covered up
so that you won't have the front screen door swinging open in the middle lane of
the interstate during the move.
- You may also have to pay additional fees to have your utilities canceled.
For example, many mobile homes have utility lines and power lines connected to
their home by the utilities company, who may charge a fee to come and disconnect
these lines from the home when it is time to move.
- All in all, the process of preparing the home for the move can cost up to
$1,000 on average, and that's even before the actual move itself.
Transporting the mobile homeHere are some of the details of how mobile homes are typically
- To transport your home, the movers will place it on a large flat-bed and tow
- The movers will have to travel only on major highways that offer them enough
room. Traveling on small, narrow back roads with a lot of curves and twists and
turns is not possible when transporting a mobile home, even if it happens to be
the shortest distance between the two locations.
- On average, most companies that move mobile homes will charge anywhere from
$5 to $15 per mile to transport the home, depending on several factors such as:
- Size of the home
- Distance of the move
- Whether guide cars are needed to accompany the move
After the moveOnce your mobile home arrives safely at your
destination, the move is still far from over. In fact, there is still a lot of
work that is left to be done as far as setting up the home and making sure that
it is placed correctly in the new lot where you've made prior arrangements.
portion of the move can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $4,500 on average,
depending on which services you obtain. In total, moving your mobile home will
cost you anywhere in the range of $6,000 to $20,000, based on the size of the
home you're moving and how many miles you need to move it.
- To begin with, you'll need a moving permit to transport your mobile home
from one place to another. Your moving company should take care of this for you
prior to the move, though they may charge a fee.
- When you arrive at your new home, the site where the mobile home will be
placed must be prepared. This can mean anything from taking down any trees that
are in the way, to leveling the ground where the home will be placed and putting
blocks underneath the home and attaching both to the ground.