How Much Does It Cost to Move a Manufactured Home

Table of Contents

- How much does it cost to move a mobile home

- Mobile Homes Moving Price List

- Manufactured Home Moving Checklist

- Land Preparation Checklist before Mobile Home

- Getting the Home Ready Checklist

- Home Moving Factors to Consider

- Moving Yourself vs Hire a Movers

How much does it cost to move a mobile home

The excitement of having your mobile home ready to be moved is truly great but you should be ready for the implementation costs and further expenses!

Compared to years ago the prices for movement and installation of a manufactured home have grown big time as did the sizes and varieties of mobile homes! There are triple-wide manufactured homes now that can cost quite a big amount of money to be set up! Let’s check the general prices and see where you can save a bit. 

Mobile Homes Moving Price List 

Sections Moving by yourself Moving Company
Single Wide  $1,000 to $9,000 $5,000 to $10,000
Double Wide  $2,000 to $16,000 $15,000 to $20,000
Triple Wide $3,000 to $24,000 $25,000 to $30,000

* The numbers are approximate and strictly depend on the type of the house and the area!

If there is all the work included in the quote for moving the mobile house.

For example

  • Labor costs 
  • Set-up costs 
  • Materials for the move
  • Size of the mobile home 
  • Permits 
  • Transportation fees 
  • Distance of the move

In case when you have everything covered by the moving company, it will cost you much more than a simple transportation fee!

Manufactured Home Moving Checklist

Here is a quick checklist of the things you might need to get done before you contact a mobile home moving company. Have you land prepared accordingly to avoid any further issues. Check this out!

  • The installer is licensed by the Manufactured Housing Board of the State
  • The manufactured home was built on or after June 15, 1976
  • Permit to set up a manufactured home.
  • Permit for electrical hook up.
  • Permit for plumbing hookup.
  • Permit for any repairs

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Land Preparation Checklist before Mobile Home

  • The area under the manufactured home is free of all vegetation and sloped to prevent water build-up underneath the home.
  • All utilities are hooked up, including all electrical, plumbing, non-portable heat source, and gas if provided. Gas lines will require a gas test.
  • Skirting and a 6-mil vapor barrier are installed for the entire width and length of the home
  • All moving or towing apparatus is removed or concealed including hitch, wheels, and axles.
  • Underground service wiring laid in a trench/ditch is left open for inspection.
  • All egress doors have stairs that provide no more than an 8-1/4 inch rise.
  • A 3 ft x 3 ft minimum landing is installed at the main entrance and all doors that swing out.
  • All stairs are anchored to the earth

Getting the Home Ready Checklist

Things to consider removing

  • Skirting
  • Decks
  • Awnings
  • Steps
  • Landscaping
  • Disconnect utilities

Home Moving Factors to Consider

  • Value of the home - In any case before purchasing a mobile home consider the expenses involved in moving and having it implemented.
  • Land - Do you have the land to put the mobile home or you need to get one! If this is the case you will need to think about the land and the preparation of the land before your manufactured home is ready to be transported!
  • Distance - If this is your first time implementing your mobile home consider having it manufactured rather close to the land if you find a factory indeed. This way the distance will be shorter and so will the expenses of moving it.
    If you just want to move your mobile home from one land to a new one, again consider the distance between them. Will it cost you more than the house?
  • Age of the home - If your mobile home is rather old you might consider many modifications before you can move it. Think carefully and have someone inspect the house and decide if it is ready to withstand a move!
  • Weight of the house -  This will be an important factor while deciding on the size of the equipment and the type of car that will be needed!
  • Licensing and Insurance - Most mobile home insurances do not cover the home while in transit. Choosing the right moving company you will go with should definitely be your number one concern! Always ensure that they have the necessary coverage for every step.
  • Tools and Supplies - Another cost to move a mobile home include the tools and supplies needed for the process. Before signing a contract with the moving company, make sure they cover the tools as well if you don’t have any to provide!

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Moving Yourself vs Hire a Movers

This point is completely up to you and your budget. Let’s talk about the advantages of each and find out the disadvantages involved. The manufactured home delivery process is not an easy task to be done alone.

Choosing to hire movers or move yourself as mentioned above depends on your budget, proximity to the new home, the complexity of the move, and just your choice!

Some people tend to start moving items from the house like a couch, mattress, and other smaller things to make the process and the cost lighter. Others prefer to pay for the full pack and be done with it.

Let’s see the pros and cons of each!

Moving Yourself


  • Full control of the situation - If you are the kind of person who gets annoyed and angry when someone touches his belongings then consider packing many of your things on your own to have full control over! 
  • You will save money - This is a great benefit of not hiring movers. It can get very expensive depending on the size of the house and the things you have that should be moved! 
  • Pack and wrap however you wish 


  • Heavy liftings - The worst thing about moving your belongings alone is the heavy lifting you will face! 
  • Time-consuming - It is very time-consuming to plan and understand what to start with and how it should be done.
  • Lots of planning - You might consider getting a checklist of things you will need for the process to save some time! 

Hiring Movers


  • No heavy lifting - As one of the main reasons for applying to moving companies is that there is a lot of heavy lifting you will indeed benefit from this. This is a great benefit when you have no one who can help you with lifting.
  • Efficient and fast - The moving companies know exactly from what to start, how to pack, and do everything. They arrive with the right tools for packing and the whole process goes smooth and faster. 
  • Less stress -  In general, hiring movers saves you from many of the common moving-day stresses. 


  • Less flexibility - As you give everything to their hands, there is not much flexibility and control left in your hands. From the date and time of pickup to how the movers load your belongings, there’s not much you can do to change when and how you move.
  • Expensive - In general, the prices start from $800 and can get up to $2,500. 

In any case scenario, you will need a lot of consideration and guidance on what and how to do everything smoothly. Here at Homes Direct, our specialist can assist you in finding your dream mobile home and making the processes a pleasure!


How much does a mobile home cost to set up?

Depending on what services you choose and what moving company you prefer, for a spinel wide mobile home it can range from $1,000 to $9,000.

Is moving a mobile home safe?

Yes, moving to a mobile home is very safe in general. This depends on the conditions of the house and also the expertise of the moving company!

Can I move a mobile home myself?

Simply put, no. Laws on moving a mobile home require that you work with a licensed, bonded, and insured professional moving company. You can't do it yourself, and you shouldn't leave the job up to just any moving company.

Do different states have different laws pertaining to moving a mobile home?

Yes, the law pertaining to moving a mobile home can be different from state to state.

Ray Gritton

Ray Gritton


Ray Gritton has been in the manufactured housing industry for over 40 years when he started his first dealership in Modesto in the 1970s. Since then he has worked for large corporations in charge of hundreds of dealerships and now owns 13 locations in 5 different states.