Getting a mobile home from Point A to Point B can be costly and -- without professional help -- not very easy. Moving a mobile home requires careful planning, an understanding of the process and an idea of how much the move will cost. Although exact costs depend on the size of the home, traveling distance and your geographic area, getting an idea of the typical costs can be a starting point for making decisions.
Preparing to Move
Prepping a mobile home for transport as of 2013 typically costs about $1,000, according to Movers.com. Prepping starts by removing the skirting, securing and covering windows and doors, severing utility connections and detaching structures such as a deck or carport. Next, tie-downs are released, the home is raised off the ground and the axles and tires that allow the home to be towed are installed. If the home doesn’t have a towing tongue -- and most don’t -- a tongue is attached using bolts or welds.
Transportation costs include towing and most often one or two guide cars, which travel in front of and behind trucks transporting wide loads, such as mobile homes. Movers.com says you can plan on paying about $5 to $15 per mile for towing a single-wide mobile home. Each guide car typically costs $1.50 to $1.65 per mile and may include an upcharge depending on the price of gas.
Set-up costs range from $1,500 to $4,500, depending on how much of the work you do yourself If the mobile home is placed in a mobile home park, set-up includes removing door and window coverings, installing leveling blocks and tie-downs, leveling the home and connecting all utilities. Placement on a private lot can may include costs for clearing and leveling the ground under and around the home.
Moving a mobile home involves mostly labor, and although this means that estimates may vary widely, it also leaves room for negotiations. Get turn-key written estimates -- including the cost of any necessary permits -- from at least three movers. Look closely for open-ended items, such as flat tire charges, and try to negotiate a flat rate to avoid surprises in the final bill. Read and understand the contract agreement before you sign it, even if it means going over the contract with an attorney.
Based in Green Bay, Wisc., Jackie Lohrey has been writing professionally since 2009. In addition to writing web content and training manuals for small business clients and nonprofit organizations, including ERA Realtors and the Bay Area Humane Society, Lohrey also works as a finance data analyst for a global business outsourcing company.