You’ve identified the mobile home you want and now you’re researching the setup phase. As you now know, there are a few manufactured homes set up costs to consider before everything is all said and done.
In an effort to help you wade through the murky waters of research, we will help you uncover five main factors that affect setting up a manufactured home.
Don’t worry, hang in there. You will have your home setup and installed in no time at all, but first, let’s look at what you can expect in terms of set up costs.
5 main factors that affect manufactured homes’ set up costs
So things can really add up when it comes to purchasing any home. Don’t get caught off guard by unexpected costs that arise. The following are five main factors that affect manufactured homes set up costs.
1 – Distance to move the manufactured home
Manufactured homes set up costs are greatly impacted by the distance involved in moving. Your manufactured home may be new from the factory, being moved straight to your rented lot or private property. Or you bought it used and need it moved from the previous owners land to your own private property or lot.
Whatever the scenario, it’s good to know what costs are involved in moving.
For a single wide manufactured home, you’re looking at around $5,000 to $8,000 in moving costs. This usually includes moving the home within a fifty-mile radius of where it currently sits. It often includes the permits and the cost to hook up the needed utilities.
Additionally, the cost will increase according to the type of mobile home. A double-wide mobile home under the above circumstances could cost $10,000 to $13,000.
If you’re just moving the mobile home and not needing additional set up services, you’re looking at anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000.
Finally, when it comes moving your home, prices will come out lower according to distance. There’s fuel involved, time, and other resources that will be tapped into. So if your home’s resting place is quite a drive away, then be prepared to pay more for moving.
2 – The type of manufactured home
As implied in the previous point. The type of manufactured home is a huge factor in determining the cost of set-up.
A single wide home will be moved and installed in one unit.
However, a double wide or triple wide home is built in two or more units. This means they must be moved separately to the location and installed separately with care. Professional installers are especially important. You want the separate units to meet perfectly so that the installation looks seamless.
In addition to the desire for aesthetics, a professional installation will ensure you don’t have unnecessary stress on certain areas of the house. This could cause problems later on in regards to plumbing and foundation structure.
Interesting to note, the more units involved in a manufactured home, the more costly your home’s set up will be. You do get more floor space, so this isn’t a bad thing. It’s just something you should keep at the back of your mind so as not to be surprised by the set-up costs.
3 – Setting up on a foundation and connecting utilities
Among these main factors that affect manufactured homes set up costs, we have our third point.
To set up your mobile home at its new location, you need to invest in a foundation that is HUD code compliant. There are several types of foundations that are safe for manufactured housing. Some are more permanent or temporary than other types.
In the setup costs, you will have to consider the need to have your home connected to its other units. If your home is a single-wide then this is of no concern.
If your home is used, you will also need to consider the expense involved in removing it from its current foundation and disconnecting utilities.
4 – Repairs needed for safe transportation
This fourth point is more applicable to used manufactured homes.
In some states, permits and inspections are of the utmost importance. Some states may require a permit before moving the mobile home from an outside state.
If your home does not pass inspection, you won’t get a certificate with the government’s blessing to move your home or move into it after relocating.
Thus, you must be prepared to pay for the fees incurred by permits and inspections. And if you don’t pass inspection, you’ll need to spend on the necessary fixes to make your mobile home safe for moving.
5 – Manufactured home mover escort vehicles
Lastly, we have escort vehicles on the list. These escort vehicles keep you and other drivers safe by keeping all at a safe distance. They bring road awareness to the wide load that is a mobile home.
These vehicles may take on a few extra dollars per mile in your manufactured home moving costs.
Be well informed and make sure you understand
In closing, manufactured homes’ set up costs are affected by several factors that vary according to the situation. Talk to your professional moving company and ask them for a breakdown of their costs. It will help you understand the process and see where all your money is going.
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