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Mobile Home Moving Costs Explained – Labor, Transportation & More

Last Updated: December 06, 2023

Ryan Maguire
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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.

Mobile Home Moving Cost #

The cost to move a mobile or manufactured home averages between $7,500 and $20,000, depending on distance and complications. Here's a breakdown:

  • Detaching and securing home - $500 to $1,500 covers removing hitches/foundation and stabilizing for transport
  • Permits and insurance - $150 to $1,000 covers licenses, road usage rules, insurance paperwork
  • House lifting / Steel beams - $1,500 to $4,000 includes raising house and steel supports under frame
  • Towing services - $3 to $7 per mile depending on house size plus $100 to $300 layover fees
  • Reattaching home - $1,500 to $5,000 for re-installation on new foundation

To move a home locally under 50 miles, $10,000 is common. Long distance transport for 500+ miles can exceed $20,000.

Moving a Mobile Home

Additional Costs #

Utilities Reconnection

  • Plumbing - $2,000 to $4,000 to reconnect water lines and sewer/septic
  • Electrical - $500 to $2,000 to re-wire home to new utility box
  • Gas lines - $200 to $500 to connect to main gas supply lines

Site Preparation

  • Foundation - $3,000 to $7,000 to build a support foundation at new mobile home site
  • Land grading - $1,000 to $3,000 may be needed to grade and level the property
  • Landscaping - $500 to $2,000+ for steps, walkways, plantings around relocated home

Ancillary Home Improvements

  • HVAC - Update heating/cooling systems $3,000+
  • Floors - Install new interior flooring $1,000+
  • Exterior paint - Freshen up look $2,000+
  • Contractor fees - 10%+ of any improvement projects

So when budgeting to move a mobile home, be sure to factor in these potential added costs which might be desired or required. Expenses add up quickly.

Real Life Mobile Home Moving Cost Examples #

  • "I had to relocate my double wide 1,500 sq ft mobile home just 5 miles to a new park. With detach/reattach fees, permits, police escort and towing it cost $11,275." - Amanda T.

  • "We moved grandma's small single wide home 220 miles to place it on family land. House lifting and tire upgrades, state transport permitting, plus 4 day towing transit cost $18,900 total." - Michael S.

  • "When selling our land, logistics company detached our home and moved it over 350 miles to the buyers new property which cost $14,800. We paid an additional $4,200 to install on its new basement foundation." - Melissa D.

  • "My company relocated 6 used mobile office trailer units over 850 interstate miles. Between professional trucking transportation costs, special permits, lodging fees and police escorts it totaled $72,150." - Steve W.

As you see, mobile home moving costs range from $10Ks for short local moves up to $20Ks+ for long haul interstate relocations, with many factors impacting total expenses.