Moving a mobile home can be costly and challenging especially if you are doing this for the first time. Whenever the word “moving” is mentioned, everyone thinks about relocating one’s belongings to another residence or home. But in the case of moving a mobile home, you are relocating the entire mobile home to a new location; hence, a lot of costs are involved in a successful mobile home move. If care is not taken, some costs can be hidden and be overlooked during your estimate.
If you own a mobile home and you are considering relocating it, you need a mover to submit a quote for your moving. There are a number of them that specialize in mobile home moving. Moving Feedback understands that the issue of cost first comes to the minds of people who are planning to move their mobile home. Unlike normal relocation of family, moving of mobile home may not be easily stated if you are not a professional in the field. Fortunately, there are mobile home transport services out there to ease your burden and handle the entire moving process at an affordable fee.
This post breaks down both hidden and overall cost of moving or transporting a mobile home that you may not even think of. Before we go there, let’s briefly look at “what is a mobile home”?
What is a Mobile Home?
A mobile home (which is also referred to as manufactured home, trailer home, or residential caravan) is designed and built on chassis to be moved at will. It is a prefabricated structure, constructed in a factory or at the site with attached chassis for easy transportation. It is used as a permanent residence fixed in a place but can be relocated through the use of a trailer or towing train.
There are advantages of owning a mobile home, and this is mainly its ease of relocation when the time calls for it. However, moving a mobile home is not as easy as you think; a lot of work is involved, as the structure must be intact even after moving. The question now is “how much does it cost to move a mobile home? Read on to the next headline.
Cost of Moving a Mobile Home
There is a variety of cost factors needed to be put into consideration, and this will be looked into one after the other. Everyone wants to have an idea of an approximate estimate of moving a mobile home. To give a general estimate, the cost is between $1000 to $5000 for a short distance and $2000 to $6000 for long distance move. Are you hiring a professional or you want use DIY system? The costs of moving a mobile home are not limited to the following:
Transportation Cost of a Mobile Home
The transportation cost is the significant cost of moving a mobile home. This is based on a number of factors such as weight, size of the home, accessibility, and the distance involved in the movement. They are as highlighted below:
1. Size of home
Mobile homes are of different sizes and it is one of the factors moving companies usually use to calculate their quotes. Both size and weight are calculated to arrive at an actual cost of moving a mobile home. For instance, double-wide homes are more expensive to move than single-wide homes because the former requires more equipment and efforts; hence, it may cost up to twice the amount of the later. Also, moving long mobile homes are costlier than the shorter one because they are difficult to maneuver during transportation than short mobile homes. Moving double-wide home is sometimes charged twice because each half needs to be transported separately by different trucks.
2. Property accessibility for moving
This is the ease of accessing your mobile home. This is also put into consideration after size and weight factor. Is there any physical obstruction on the property? This is first inspected before coming up with a quote for moving your mobile. Take note of the following:
- The nature of driveway to your mobile home: If your driveway is paved and straight, you may have lower quote than otherwise, because it will be easier to negotiate such driveway during moving. But if your driveway is muddy and rough with sharp turns and hills, it will be difficult to maneuver; hence, movers usually add extra cost. Sharp driveways angles can be another issue when maneuvering a home. Most driveways typically connect to the main road at an angle of 90 degrees; if your location is different from this, there may be difficulty in moving it.
- Physical obstruction: There are other physical considerations for determining the cost of moving your mobile home. Physical obstructions such as trees, utility poles, gates, fencing, and bridges’ flanges close to the driveway or road can make maneuvering difficult. Based on the height of the home, low overhead lines can also serve as an obstruction to move a mobile home. Some may be required to be removed before your home can be moved; hence, it constitutes additional expenses. If your home is located closed to sheds and a small building, they may be required to be removed so that maneuvering can be easier.
- Underground structures: The location of your underground structures such as storage tanks, leach beds, drainage tiles, septic tanks, old wells, and other underneath structures must be clearly marked out before considering moving a mobile home to prevent them from damage caused by moving equipment and the weight of the home.
After considering size and weight, and as well as physical obstruction, the distance involved from your current location to where the homes will also be moved to determine how much a moving company will charge you. A variety of factors are put into consideration to calculate how much you will pay to move your home. The mileage rates are of two categories;
- under 100 miles, and
- 100 miles and above
Based on the mover, the moving companies may calculate your rates, say between $6/mile to $16/mile or even higher, based on the size, weight, and type of the home. So, it depends if your distance is under or over 100 miles.
4. Additional Costs
Additional costs worthy of considering when moving your mobile home include road conditions, unforeseen obstructions on the route, utility facilities such as internet, cables, phone lines, and others must be disconnected before the moving date. Another extra cost is the cost of installation of the home when it finally arrives at the new location. This is also associated with the cost of seeking permission to install your home, setting of the foundation, and much more.
The truth is that, there are a lot of things involved in moving a mobile home; it is more than just sitting in a place and putting a call across to a mobile home transporter. Adequate planning is required to ensure that everything is well budgeted for a successful relocation.
This post has done justice to what and what must be calculated regarding size, weight, distance to be covered, and other additional costs of installation. The cost is different when you are moving to double-side homes, or you want to include installation in the bargain. Remember the cost is lower when you decide to Do-It-Yourself than hiring a moving service. However, each of methods has their associated advantages and disadvantages. This will be discussed extensively in our subsequent posts. Stay tuned to this page!