You have come here because you have reached the point where you have purchased a mobile home and are about to hire a mover to move it. Before you do that please take a moment to look over a few things to consider before moving that home or working with that mover. This blog is not going to cover everything you need to know but it will highlight some often overlooked items and give you a brief idea of what to think about before moving that home.
Seek Out Insured & Bonded Professionals
Moving a mobile home requires years of experience and in many cases specialty equipment to remove and install the home. When looking for help make sure you asking for multiple references. Make sure to take the time to vet those references as well for validity and trust factor. Additionally verify that the mover is actually bonded and insured. This protects you in the case that something happens during transport to make sure you are made whole as a client. Never rush into hiring a mover as they will be transporting a multi ton object down crowded streets. They are also transporting your new home that you spent time and hard earned money finding. Be patient and find the right fit for your moving needs.
Get A Moving Permit
Before a mover can actually move out or install a home at any location they will require permits. These can often be acquired from the county. Some movers can get certain permits on your behalf but other permits requires you as the new homeowner to be present to get the permit. Make sure to check with the county the home is coming from and going to about required permits. Also check with the moving company to see what permits they will be getting and what you will be responsible for. Permits can be fairly inexpensive and just require a bit of time and due diligence to make sure they are all in order. If you skip this step it could delay or even stop your home from being removed or even installed.
Check Install Requirements Of Property
We have not reached the point where we are ready to pull the home out of the old spot and bring it to its new resting place. While gathering information on permits and such make sure to ask the county what the requirements are to install the home at the new location. Often there are things such as age of home, setbacks, or even elevation if in a flood zone that need to be considered while installing the home. The setup crew will need to know this to make sure your home is installed correctly. If installed incorrectly you will have to contact the someone to come back out and reinstall it up to code in order to pass inspection and be deemed livable. Again check with the county where the home is being installed and they can provide the building standards for the area.
Make Sure The Install Is Up To Code
In many states there are minimum standards that a home must meet post install to be considered acceptable and safe. If there is a housing department or mobile home department in your state you should be able to contact them. Additionally your mover should be well aware of these code standards and should install your home to meet code. The codes are put in place to make sure you and your family are safe while residing in the home. If your home is not installed to code again it will not pass the state inspection post install and usually the department will not allow anyone to occupy the residence until it passes inspection