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Our Guide to the Costs for Moving Your Mobile Home
Thinking about moving your trailer home to a new location? There is much to consider in factoring in the cost of moving a mobile home. Most people start with the question of the cost when contemplating a move. First, let’s be clear that we’re not talking about moving a trailer from the manufacturer to its first installation site. No, we’re addressing the costs of relocating it from one installation site to a new installation site.
What are the Hard Numbers on Moving Your Trailer?
A local move without any set-up costs, materials, permits, or fees will cost at least $1,000 and could cost up to $5,000. Many moving companies institute a minimum charge even if you’re just moving across the park or across the road.
A local move within 50 miles for a single-wide structure, including permits and set-up, will total between $5,000 and $8,000
A local move within 50 miles for a double-wide, with permits and set-up, will cost between $10,000 and $13,000
What Are The Factors That Impact the Cost of Relocating a Manufactured Home?
1. Old Home; New Wheels?
If your mobile home has been sitting for a long time, its wheels may need to be replaced in order to make the drive to a new location. It may also need other parts shored up or reinforced. Getting the home travel-worthy may be an investment before it even sets sail.
2. The Size of the Home
The cost of moving a manufactured home can increase or decrease depending on several factors. One factor is its size. A single-wide generally costs less to move than a double- or triple-wide. If your home takes up more than one lane while being transported, and road closure or police escort is necessary, that bill will be your responsibility.
3. The Weight of the Home
The weight of your home impacts the cost of moving it. Heavier trailers require stronger equipment, which usually ups the transportation charge. Newer trailers tend to weigh more than those built before 1980 because many have higher ceilings and are made with drywall.
4. How Far You’re Moving
Distance to the new location affects moving costs. While it may cost the same to move your trailer across the park or across town, it will definitely cost more to move it 50, 200, or 1,000 miles away. Gas will be the highest cost but mitigating the increased risk of mishap may drive the price up as well.
5. Permits, Fees, and Set-Up
You may have to pay for permits, inspections, and set-up costs. Moving to a new state? Be prepared. Different states have different regulations regarding incoming used manufactured homes. Some states require inspections before trailers cross their borders to make sure they are safe and up to code. Inspections may or may not be accompanied by a charge, but permits and set-up costs will certainly go onto your tab.
6. Insurance and Coverages
Insurance and liability coverage may add numbers to the cost of relocating your mobile home. Don’t get caught with your pants down, so to speak, when it comes to insurance. Check what insurances your moving company carries and purchase additional insurance if necessary.
7. Repairs on the Other End
No matter how careful the movers are, your home may sustain damage on the road or during its set-up. You may file an insurance claim, but depending on the deductible, you may instead choose to shell out the shekels yourself for the repairs.
A cost to moving a manufactured home that should be considered is that of a perceived value hit. That is, a home that has been relocated may be viewed by potential buyers as a purchase to avoid. In that way, the home loses value, even though an appraiser may not assign a dollar amount to the event. It will not be as easy to sell a relocated trailer.
2. The Hidden Cost of a Shrunk Lender Pool
Some lenders will not finance mobile homes that have been moved once and will not even look at writing mortgages for trailers that have been moved twice. This results in a smaller pool of lenders available for potential buyers when it comes time to sell the home. A hidden cost of moving a manufactured home is that fewer buyers will be able to purchase the home and you may be forced to drop the price.
Prefer to Sell Quickly and Buy Another?
You may be re-thinking the idea of transporting your trailer to a new place. Perhaps the costs are taking you by surprise, and it seems not worth moving the home despite your need to do so.
Here is another option.
Let us buy your home as-is. With the cash, you can perhaps purchase another home in the new location.
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Submit your information, and we’ll call you within 24 hours.
We’ll set up a time to visit your home and do a basic inspection. The purpose of the inspection is not to catch all flaws and damage; the goal is to help us assess the value so we can make you a fair offer.
We’ll make you an offer for your home as-is, with no repairs or work required. If you accept the offer, we’ll get the ball rolling with our title company and schedule a close in as few as seven days (or whenever you want).
At the closing table, you’ll receive a check that you can take straight to the bank.
Wrapping It Up
The risks and cost of moving a mobile home can be significant. Understand all the numbers—upfront and hidden—before pulling the trigger on the plan. If it sounds good to simply sell the home, get a check, and start again, give us a call. We can help.
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