October 6th, 2016 2:56 PM by Bob Arabian
Removing interior weight can lower a mobile home's transport costs.
Many manufactured or mobile home dealers exist nationwide, and they sell some impressive homes in terms of square footage and amenities. Once you've purchased a mobile home you usually must have it moved to your desired location. The cost to transport and then do set-up for a new mobile home may be included in its base price. When you buy a used manufactured or mobile home, you typically have to bear additional costs for transport and then set-up.
A mobile home's moving cost depends on transport distance as well as the home's width. The HowMuchIsIt.org website says it commonly costs between $2,000 and $5,000 to move a mobile home less than 100 miles. The Manufactured Selling Solutions website, though, says it may cost as little as $1,000 to move a mobile home. If you're moving a mobile home more than 100 miles, expect to pay $6 to $15 per mile or up to $15,000 in transport costs alone.
In addition to transport charges, mobile home movers typically charge another fee to set up a mobile home at its new location. Set-up fees for a mobile home at its new location can run from $1,000 to $5,000. Activities involved in setting up a mobile home at its site include placing the home on its new foundation and then strapping it down or otherwise securing it. Mobile home mover set-up services also include dealing with water and plumbing as well as hooking up all utilities.
If your mobile home is older, there may be other costs involved before it can be moved. Mobile homes sitting on their wheels and axles for several years, for instance, could require some repair before they can be safely transported. HowMuchIsIt.org says mobile home wheels cost about $50 per tire to repair, with axles costing around $150 to fix if they're damaged. Also, there's usually an additional $1 to $2 per mile charge for any mobile home mover escort vehicles.
Double-wide mobile homes may cost more than $5,000 to move and then set up. Also, mobile home owners are usually responsible for removing their own skirting, deck, steps and landscaping prior to moving their homes. Sometimes, it may not even make financial sense to move a used mobile home. If you're considering a mobile home, try to negotiate transport and set-up costs as part of its purchase price or buy a new one that includes such costs in its base price.