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How Much Does it Cost to Move a Mobile Home

Cost of Moving a Mobile Home?

  1. Moving Your Mobile Home Doesn't Have To Be So Hard!
  2. Is Your Mobile Home Ready?
  3. Economic Influential Factors: Each Mobile Home is Unique
  4. The Right Mobile Home Moving Company: Do They Permits?
  5. Calculating the Average Cost to Move a Mobile Home
  6. How Much Does the Average Move Cost?


1. Moving Your Mobile Home Doesn't Have To Be So Hard!

For most traditional full-service movers, moving to another part of the state or cross country means booking a moving company, having them pack your stuff, take it out of your home, and send it away on a truck to the new destination. While this is still the primary source of business for the full-service moving industry, a small portion of the population lives in mobile homes that are capable of moving in their entirety. There are many things that take into consideration when moving a mobile home and proper moving company for the job.


2. Is Your Mobile Home Ready?

Even though they are all called mobile homes, not each and every mobile home is the same. In some cases, the mobile home has been placed on a concrete foundation that does not allow it to move. Other mobile homes have not been attached to such a permanent foundation, and thus are easier to attach the proper moving hardware too. The mobile home will need to be placed on a platform with wheels and an axle. Get at least three solid estimates from reputable and trustworthy companies and see if they move mobile homes. You can do this over the phone or online as well. Some questions you may want to ask yourself are listed here.  

When planning to move your mobile home there are factors you might want to consider in regards to your moving expenses. It is always important to sit down and make a checklist as well as a budget and moving timeline to consider. There are also some simple yet powerful moving tips that are very helpful and applicable to any type of move.


3. Economic Influential Factors: Each Mobile Home is Unique

The typical procedure for moving a mobile home with a solid foundation is to load it on a flatbed. Weight is an important figure in moving a home. Size also plays a key role in the cost to move a mobile home, as a home that is wider will run a little more to move. The destination is another thing that dictates cost to move. The further the move, obviously, the more expensive it will be overall. Weight, size, destination, and the chase cars will obviously make your move more expensive, especially if it's long distance or interstate.

Movers must plan out special routes when moving a home. They can only drive down roads with a width and overhead clearance big enough to fit the home. If you want to move your mobile home to a more secluded area, you can expect the cost to go up a lot, since there are not as many roads accommodating to such a large load. The doors and windows of the mobile home must be covered and protected. Utilities must also be separated from the home for obvious reasons. Any furniture such as swinging fixtures or cabinet doors should also be secured to prevent damage during transport.


4. the Right Mobile Home Moving Company: Do They Have Permits?

A great majority of moving companies do not possess the proper equipment to move a mobile home. Any company that wants to do this must also have the proper licensing to move large cargo from state to state. Furthermore, the company must also be in possession of all the required permits from the state. There must be two vehicles following the truck with the mobile home on it, one in the front and another following from behind. Depending on where the home is moving from, a police car may also be required to follow the procession for the duration of the move. If a moving company wishes to move mobile homes, they must first get the required permits and make necessary preparations. Due to this, we would suggest that if going with a moving company, you book your moving window delivery time at least two months prior to your move.


5. Calculating the Average Cost to Move a Mobile Home

If you are feeling bold, then you can attempt to move the home yourself without the help of a professional moving company. Through independent subcontractors, it is entirely possible to get the job done. A short move for a single-wide mobile home will be about $8 per mile on average. This price will go up if the mobile home is a double or triple wide. The average total cost for moving a double wide mobile home is about $1,999 to $2,499.

If you are moving a triple wide mobile home, the cost jumps from between $2,599 to $3,499. All of these figures are granted that the move is less than 60 miles total. Homes that are heavier than average will cost more to move, which is a given.

On the other hand, lighter homes will cost less to move because there is less work involved with moving them. If you want to move your mobile home to an odd or rather secluded location, then the cost will rise because there will have to be more distance traveled.


6. How Much Does the Average Move Cost?

If you do not feel capable or qualified to do the move yourself, then there is always the option of hiring a full service moving company to do everything for you. The company will handle everything, from disconnecting utilities to getting the home back on its foundation. This will cause the price to rise to $2,999-$4,999 for a unit that is single wide. A double wide unit will rise to $3,999 to $9,999, while a triple wide will be about $9,999 to $14,999. Again, this depends on the specifics of each mobile home. Some moving companies may have some different estimates, this is why we recommend finding at least three moving cost estimates in order to get an accurate moving estimate.

In addition to paying for the price of the move, you will also have to pay for the chase cars that we talked about earlier. Those should not set you back too much, about $1.49 to $1.64 per mile. If a police escort is required, there may also be a fee for that.

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