When you think about a mobile home, it usually prompts a vision of being able to freely travel with total flexibility. These in reality are stationary homes equipped with wheels. Mobile homes, also known as manufactured homes will rarely ever leave from the location in which they were first installed. If you on the other hand are interested in moving your mobile home, you should be aware of what it will take to actually transport it as well as the expenses involved. 

Cost Of Transport


In order to move your mobile home anywhere, you will need to hire a transport company that is experienced in the hauling of mobile homes. This can be accomplished by searching Google for mobile home movers near me. In order to transport the mobile home it will need to be loaded onto a large flatbed trailer and hauled away. The cost to transport you home will be based on several factors with the distance being the most impactful. Pricing will be affected as well depending on if you need to move a single or double wide home. Expect to spend around $15,000 to move a double wide home somewhere locally and somewhat less for a single wide. If your move is long distance, like to another state you can expect the costs to go up. 

Zoning


If you are planning to move your mobile home to another state you should become familiar with the zoning laws. When mobile homes are built, they are based on the standards set by that particular location. In order to move your mobile home it must meet the standards set by HUD.

Hiring The Right Transport Company


When you start looking for a heavy haul trucking company and gathering quotes, be sure to confirm everything that will be included. In order to move your mobile home you will need permits. You will need a permit for each state the home will be travelling through. Most transport companies can handle this for you. When you get an estimate, will this include leaving the lot clean after the move? You will be the one responsible to ensure that the lot is left in a clean condition following the move otherwise you could end up having to pay additional fees. Be sure to check the references and online reviews for any prospective transport company you plan to hire. It’s also a good idea to check with the BBB and see if any complaints have been filed against this company. You will want to make sure that the transport company is licensed as well as insured. The majority of insurance companies won’t cover your mobile home during its transport so it’s recommended to inquire about moving insurance. 

Any reputable moving company will be able to provide: 

  • Required Permits
  • Mobile home inspection to verify its safety for transport
  • Disconnection of plumbing

Ensure that your mobile home is capable of being moved. You can find this information in your mobile homes paperwork. Also verify that no property taxes are owed as this can prevent your home from being moved until everything is paid and up to date. When it comes to cancelling or transferring your utilities, verify what the fees involved would be to have someone come out and disconnect any lines currently connected to your mobile home. 

Preparing Your Mobile Home for Transport

  • Turn off your utilities, electrical, water and gas.
  • Be sure that no direct lines to your mobile home are still attached and connected like for cable or phone.
  • If you are moving in the winter be sure to protect all pipes and apply a winter seal.
  • Remove any items from the interior that could be damaged easily during the move. Check with the transport company to verify if everything needs to be removed prior to the move.
  • Make sure that any exterior attachments have been removed as the high winds encountered during the transport can blow these pieces off. 
  • Confirm that all windows and doors have been secured shut

Your new site should be prepared prior to the actual delivery of your mobile home. The ground will need to be completely level with no trees causing an obstruction at the site. When the transport company arrives with your home it must be placed in the exact location as previously agreed upon.