There are many costs associated with homeownership, but a cost unique to manufactured homes is the price of moving it. Not only is it an additional cost, but it’s also quite the undertaking. (As you can imagine, moving something as heavy as a home isn’t an easy task!)
Both the cost and difficulty in moving the home may influence your buying decision. Read on to learn how this cost breaks down and what steps to take if you decide to move your mobile home.
There are numerous factors that influence the cost of moving a mobile home. You’ll need to reach out to moving companies to determine what they would charge, as costs will vary between companies. Below are some of the most common factors:
Distance to Travel
As you can imagine, the further you need to move a mobile home, the more it’s going to cost. Speak with various moving companies as their pricing will differ.
In addition to distance, you’ll also need to make sure the roads you’ll be traveling can accommodate the size of your home. You’ll need to secure permits for any states you enter, including the state the home is currently located. Some states also require an inspection of the mobile home before it’s moved to ensure it’s up-to-code. Luckily, most moving companies will handle this paperwork for you. When you’re looking for a company to work with, make sure you ask if they cover this portion of the process.
Size of Home
Smaller mobile homes are easier and less expensive to move than larger mobile homes. And typically the larger the home, the heavier it is, which also increases the cost. It’s possible to transport a mobile home in multiple pieces, but this will add to the price of transport. Keep this in mind when deciding whether or not you want to move your home.
The home’s foundation influences the difficulty of moving the home, and with increased difficulty comes increased cost. A home with a slab foundation is less expensive to move than a home with a block foundation.
Tip: Don’t go with the first moving company you reach out to. Get numerous quotes—it could save you a lot of money!
Keep in mind: Movers will likely charge a cost for setting up your mobile home in its new location. This includes placing it on a new foundation and securing it, as well as hooking up your utilities.
A Couple Considerations Before Moving Your Mobile Home
Cost is a big factor to consider when thinking about moving your mobile home. The following are also important things to keep in mind:
Can My Home Be Moved?
Before even considering moving your home, you should know whether it can physically be moved or not! The older your home, the more likely it is that it won’t withstand the rough and tumble process of transporting it. Be transparent with moving companies about the condition of your home. They will know whether it’s in a condition that allows it to be moved.
The HUD code divides the United States into three different zones with their own unique requirements depending on the area’s climate and location, For example, a mobile home in Minnesota has different requirements than a home in Florida. Look into your state’s requirements along with the requirements of the state you plan to move to. If your mobile home doesn’t meet the requirements of your new state, don’t plan to move it. Instead, think about selling it “As Is” to a local investor.
If you’re moving to a mobile home park, there shouldn’t be any zoning issues. But if you’re planning to move your mobile home to land that you own, check local zoning laws. Different cities have different requirements for homes based on age and size.
So should you move a mobile home? The costs can add up quickly, and oftentimes it doesn’t make financial sense to do so. But some families have sentimental reasons or other considerations that make the move justifiable. Do your research and determine whether moving
your mobile home is the right decision for you.
If you decide you don’t want to move your mobile home, EZ Mobile Home Buyer will buy your mobile home as-is in its current location. You can use that cash to buy a new mobile home in a new location that’s just right for you.