Moving a mobile home may feel like the easiest thing to do. It may seem like you don’t have to pack anything – just move your stuff with your mobile home. In fact, most people invest in mobile homes for the ‘moving’ convenience they offer. But you have to be careful when moving a mobile home.
You may incur potential costly mistakes, legal setbacks, and deal with physical limitations during the move. Here are five considerations that should be treated like the law when moving a mobile home to have a smooth experience.
1. Do Your Homework
Mobile home moving companies are not as popular as the ordinary movers. You don’t want to work with amateurs instead of a reliable moving company, which is why you must do your homework. Competent movers will never steal and lie about their policies. A lot of mobile homeowners have been taken advantage of because they do not perform background checks. Think about it. You are hiring someone to pick up, move and set up a separate investment property that is yours – so you definitely want reputable and qualified people to handle your move.
The best way to go about it would be to ask around for referrals. Others who have moved a mobile home can help you with references and in getting in touch with reliable mobile home movers. Even the parks and mobile home dealers have a few contacts that they can offer you. Once you have these contacts, ask about the full range of their services and do not forget to get a quote. You can then narrow down your choices according to what you need making this important decision so much easier for you.
2. Get Your Permits in Order
In many places around the country, you are first going to need permits to move and a permit to set up in a new location. Since these are required before the transportation process your movers will remind you of it. There are movers who also offer to handle this aspect of the move for you.
Other permits will be required as well. For the place you move to, you will need to first get your hands on permits for the utilities. You will require gas, plumbing, and electrical permits. When you are done with the move, the mobile park that you are moving to will let you know where to get these and point you in the right direction of the local contractors. It’s the professionals (ones doing the job) who will get the permits for you. If you are moving to a nearby park, it doesn’t hurt to double check if the legalities of the place change.
Make sure that you get in touch with all the movers and ask about what they would charge to move within a 50 miles radius, you don’t want to miss some of them offering certain features for free while others charge a lot.
3. Connect Utilities
You want to make sure that the utilities you remove before the move are reconnected. You will discover that a lot of mobile home movers will provide you with this service as well. When you have to connect utilities, a lot of home transporters will advise you to outsource connections to a locally licensed plumber or electrician. You need to make sure that you call qualified professionals, collect quotes and compare the prices of each. Pick the one that you find most convenient as you don’t want to leave anything out once the move has begun which could pose as a major hindrance to the entire process.
4. Zoning Regulations
You should take care of this as you are taking care of the permits. Make sure that you call your local zoning office in the new area that you plan to move to. Remember you want to ask them about the restrictions attached to the move of mobile homes transported into the township, parish, county or city. For example, there are rules that dictate only homes that are 20 years old or less are allowed to move into a certain county. There are also rules regarding the sizes of a mobile home, rules about the construction and exterior, and the particular rating of a mobile home regarding snow loads and wind protection.
Ask your zoning department about setbacks linked to the property that you are planning to move. If you own private land, you want to ask about the distance that the mobile home is supposed to cover starting from the edge of your property. Remember to ask about mobile skirting. Most transporters do not offer this and you want to pick out the ones that do. You can even ask them to add this service, but you must settle this before the moving day.
5. Park Rules
Mobile home parks are owned by a single owner. They write the rules and dictate the procedure of moving into the park. These rules could include things like adding a shed, adding a carport, removing the hitch, adding curb appeal, vinyl siding, etc. Some rules apply to you as an invested member of the community. Others you have to forward to the transportation company that you hire, but it’s important that you keep a checklist of these to ensure a smooth move.