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Things to Know When Moving a Mobile Home

Aparna Iyer Sep 29, 2018
Moving a mobile home requires extensive planning in order to ensure that the home is safely transported.
Mobile homes that cost less than conventional homes, can be transported from one place to another. All such homes that have been constructed after June 15, 1974, have been built in accordance with the strict safety standards imposed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Hence, many people are choosing to live in such homes. Although, the ability to transport is one of the perks of living in a virtually portable home, a number of issues have to be worked out before undertaking this task and the same issues are discussed here.

Parameters to Transpose your Mobile Home with Legitimacy

Permission to Transport

A mobile home can be moved in accordance with the laws of the state, where one is currently residing. The laws of the state/county, to which the home is being transported, also need to be taken into account. One needs to obtain authorization in order to move it. It needs to be inspected before it can be moved.
Once it has been transported to a different location, one would again be required to get it inspected to get the certificate of occupancy. Without this, utility companies will not agree to provide the basic facilities. Homeowners, who live in homes built prior to 1974, may not be allowed to move their home, since they were not built as per the HUD Code.

Cost of Moving

Relocating mobile homes to short distance cost USD 1,000–USD 5,000, while longer trips cost USD 15,000 or more. This includes the costs of obtaining permits, moving, and setting it up in a different location. A federal or  state employee, living in such a home and asked to relocate to another state or county, receives a certain amount for the relocation.
Others will have to arrange for the necessary finances on their own. The cost would largely depend on the distance that has to be traversed and the nature of the terrain. The size and the weight of the structure will also influence the overall cost.

Soliciting Bids from Companies

There are companies that can be entrusted with the task of helping people move their mobile home. Hiring the services of these companies, saves people the hassle of arranging special equipment such as cranes, jacks, and earth movers. Companies generally use hydraulic lifting gear to lift the home and place it on the back of a long trailer.
Federal and State employees may be required to seek competitive bids from a few companies, and present the same to the department concerned.


Companies providing mobile home insurance, often include the cost of transporting before deciding amount of premium, that a homeowner has to pay. People who have not opted for home insurance, should remember to insure the home before transporting because transporting exposes the homeowner to several unforeseen events.
It's evident that moving a mobile home is not an easy task. One needs to consider a number of factors before transporting it.