Answered by Nicole La CapriaApril 18, 2013
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Relocating a mobile home requires careful preparation and planning that you should begin several months before your move. Not only will you have to pack up the contents of your home for transport, but you have to make arrangements to move the entire home as well! Unfortunately, moving a mobile home isn't as easy as it sounds. That's why helpful mobile home movers are available to aid you in this process to make it as smooth of a transition as possible.
How Much Will It Cost?
There are various expenses associated with transporting a mobile home. Some of these include:
- Tear-down and Permissions: In many states you will need permission to move your mobile home as well as have it inspected before and after you move it. You will also incur the expenses associated with removing the mobile home from its site-- it must be raised and lowered, the tongue and axles must be installed and the trim, doors and windows must be secured or removed. Tear-down costs can equal up to $1,000.
- Transport: You will need to pay a mobile home mover to transport your home by hitching it to a mobile home toter or loading it onto a flatbed truck and driving it to your destination. This can cost anywhere between $5 to $17 a mile.
- Set-up: You will also have costs associated with setting the home up on your new property. You may have to pay to prepare the site with leveled blocks and a concrete or fiberglass pad. Set-up costs can range anywhere between $1200 to $4500.
How to Prepare Your Mobile Home for Transport
There are several steps you will need to take to prepare your mobile home for the movers. These include:
Removing all exterior attachments, such as flower boxes, porches, lanterns, lights, and awnings.
Disconnecting utilities (water, gas, electric) as well as telveision, cable, and phone lines.
Removing all breakable and valuables from the interior, including furniture, applainces, etc. Many movers will not transport the trailer unless it is completely empty.
Check the weather forecast for moving day. Certain weather conditions may not be optimum for the transport of your mobile home. Call your movers about rescheduling options in cases of inclement weather.
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