Moving a manufactured home is not easy. You don’t just hitch them to a big truck and pull them down the road. You need permits and licenses and bonded professionals.
Manufactured homes aren’t like the old mobile homes and recreational vehicles that could 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 very mobile at all. In fact, moving a manufactured home is a ‘professionals only’ job.
Once a manufactured home is installed on its original site the vast majority of them remain there. Over 90% of all manufactured homes are never moved again after installation.
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.
Zoning Issues when Moving a Manufactured Home
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:
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. Many towns have land use laws that prohibit single wides or manufactured homes more than 10-15 years old.
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.
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 costs involved when moving a factory-built home such as permits, utilities, and labor.
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 bonds, and know whether or not a police escort is needed.
Don’t cut corners on this step or use 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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