Indeed, one of the nicer features of mobile (or manufactured) homes is that they can be moved from town to town, state to state.
But just because it’s possible to move a mobile home doesn't mean it’s always cost-effective. We checked in with James McLay at J & S Mobile Home Services in Orlando, FL, to discuss the process and costs involved.
McLay, who said he has 37 years of experience in the field, explained most of the moves his company handles are within a 75-100 mile radius, but there really is no limit in terms of distance.
“A mobile home can be transported from Florida to Canada; it’s not a problem,” said McLay.
For longer moves, McLay says he installs new tires and equipment to the truck’s chassis to prevent any problems with transportation.
“Anything over a 75-mile radius, we will install all brand new stuff,” he adds.
Of course, the farther the move, the more expensive it will be—and the more headaches are likely. Different states have different rules, and some drivers are only licensed to move homes within one particular state.
So, for example, if McLay was hired to move a home from Florida to Georgia, he’d have to stop at the state border and then transfer the home to another mover—one licensed to operate in Georgia—to finish the job.
However, McLay told us most of the jobs he handles are local, within a 50- to 75-mile radius.
How much does it cost to move a mobile home? McLay explained that it breaks down into two basic categories: double-wide and single-wide homes.
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.
What about police escorts? Does the mobile home owner have to pony up the dough? Fortunately, not usually. Again, it'll vary from state to state, but in McLay’s case, he’s only had to use a police escort once—when he was moving a school building.
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