Manufactured homes can be moved, but so can a site-built home.

Manufactured homes aren’t like true recreational vehicles that can be moved with the turn of a key. In fact, one reason so many people take issue with the term “mobile home” is that they aren’t, well, very mobile.

Once a manufactured home is installed on its original site, the vast majority of them remain there. Over 90% of mobile homes are never moved after installation.

But if you’re thinking of moving your manufactured home, here are a few things you need to keep in mind:

Can your Manufactured Home Be Moved?

First things first, a manufactured home must be capable of withstanding the move. Older homes are often deemed unfit. The moving process is tough, even on homes in excellent condition.

Some transport companies have a rule that any home being moved more than 50-100 miles requires new tires and other standard equipment on the home.

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Zoning Issues

Manufactured homes are built to different standards based on location. HUD has divided the country into three different thermal zones, roof load zones, and wind zones. Manufactured homes must meet or exceed the standards of each area.

Below is a thermal zone map released by ManufacturedHousing.org:

HUD Thermal Zones

For example, let’s say you wanted to move a manufactured home from Michigan to Florida. Michigan is a Zone 1 wind zone and Florida is a Zone 2 and Zone 3 state. Zone 2 and Zone 3 areas are places close to oceans and therefore are more likely to be impacted by hurricanes and other damaging storms, so manufactured homes going there are built to withstand higher wind speeds. Therefore, you can’t move a home built to Michigan’s wind zone standards to Florida. But you could move a manufactured home from Florida to most parts of Michigan (only most parts of Michigan, though, because of roof load standards.)

You also have to make sure there won’t be any zoning issues with the city or county where you would like it placed. If you’re planning to move it into a manufactured housing community, this won’t be a problem. But if you want to put it on a privately-owned lot of property, make sure the area is zoned for manufactured homes and find out if there are any.

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Costs

The costs of moving a manufactured home depend on the size of your home, location, and distance of the move.

Moving.com’s article, Moving a Mobile Home? Here’s What You Can Expect to Pay, interviews a licensed Mover in Florida. He quoted the following:

For a single-wide move, handling the entire move—from transporting the home within 50 miles to acquiring the permits to hooking up the utilities—will run the customer somewhere around $8,000. For a double-wide home, the price usually falls between $10,000 and $13,000

 

There are other cost involved when moving a factory-built home. Permits, utilities, and labor are all expenses involved.

Finding the Right Moving Company

Moving a manufactured home can be a tricky process. You want to find a moving company with lots of experience. Make sure they carry the right insurance, are licensed to move homes in your state (and other states you might be passing through), can get all the necessary permits, and know whether or not a police escort is needed.

Don’t cut corners on this step or use a anyone you haven’t researched. Working with a mover who isn’t licensed or doesn’t get the right permits could end up costing a lot more in the long run.

 

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Angela Petteys is a writer from the Detroit area who frequently writes about a wide assortment of subjects including manufactured homes, small businesses, personal injury law, and film. 


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4 Responses

  1. jeffrey vest

    We are renting a manufactured house and thinking about buying it. The house was moved from the south (roof load zone) to Idaho. We get a lot of snow here. When it was moved apparently no one checked the roof load because it is nowhere near code now. Should we have an engineer check it out? What would you suggest? Thank you.

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    • Crystal Adkins

      Hi Jeffrey,

      It’s very smart of you to be considering this. I’ve never ran across this issue before as it is typically cost prohibitive to move an used manufactured home so far. I would get definitely get a professional out there and take a look at it and perhaps even get a couple of estimates on a roof replacement or reinforcement and see if the sellers are willing to negotiate their price. The owners likely never even knew or considered that there was such vast differences in the way homes are built based on their location.

      If the home has a decent pitch and the roof is healthy (other than the load issue) there may be some things a roofer can do to help reinforce it without a completely new installation. I’m not very knowledgeable on roofing advancements unfortunately.

      You are certianly on the right track! Best of luck (and please let me know how it all goes for you). Thank you!

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  2. Dreama Ellison-Rhodes

    While it was scary enough moving our 79-80 mobile home 11 miles with a large tow truck, I’d hate to think what it would be like moving one across the mountains of WV! That one picture shows just what some of those mountain roads look like! Barely wide enough for a car, much less a mobile home! Definitely one of those ‘don’t try this at home’ moments! You’re doing a great job Crystal! Keep up the good work!

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    • Crystal Adkins

      Thank you so much! I’ve seen some manufactured homes pulled up the mountain on dirt roads that cars had trouble going up. It’s a neat thing to watch!

      Thank you so much for reading Mobile Home Living!

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