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 budget.
Before the move
Before 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 home
Here are some of the details of how mobile homes are typically relocated:
- To transport your home, the movers will place it on a large flat-bed and tow it.
- 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 move
Once 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.
- 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.
This 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.
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