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The great advantage of owning a manufactured home is the fact that it is possible to relocate should you want to do so. There is a lot of work that goes into moving a structure of that size and keeping it in tact. There are a lot of individual cost factors that need to be looked at separately to find out what it will cost to move your mobile home.
The cost of transporting a manufactured home depends largely on the distance. Each mile driven brings added costs to the move. Sending the home across town is going to be far cheaper than sending it to another state. Let's look at a common example for the sake of getting an average cost. You could have a 16X80 mobile home moved 30-50 miles for about $6,000 to $20,000. Where you fall on that scale depends on some of these factors:
- Water Services-Are there water services readily available where you are moving or will you need to install piping?
- Sewer Services-What is the situation with sewer hookups?
- Financing- Will you require financing for the mobile home?
- Double wide or standard width- A double wide home will cost much more to transport.
Check out these "Tips for Avoiding Excess Cost when Shipping Mobile Homes".
It will cost $800 to $1,500 to reconnect the water and electrical. You will need to hire an electrician for about $300 to $400 a day and the materials he will need. Also, you will need to hire a plumber to reconnect the incoming water lines at a similar rate of $300 to $400 a day.
Things to consider
How far can you move a manufactured home before it becomes too costly to move the home? Moving one a long distance can be ultra expensive due the risk factors and the cost of running a "wide load" tractor-trailer on the highway. There is a breaking point where moving it just doesn't make economical sense any more. Selling it becomes the best option at some point. Here are some other practical tips and things to consider.