Since 70% of all mobile homes in the United States are on private land, it is no surprise that people want to sell their mobile homes and have them moved.
One of the main questions I get from sellers is can you move mobile homes on private land and the answer is… Yes, we can move mobile homes and yes we do buy them.
Many times, sellers have purchased land and there was a mobile home on it that they need moved. Sometimes, we have sellers who have lived in a mobile home on the private land and they are just looking for an upgrade, possibly building a stick-built home. It is a common conversation that we have with sellers.
How does the process work
When sellers call, they want to know how the process works…here is a recap of what we can do to help you in that situation. You simply call me and tell me the year, make and model of your mobile home. I also typically like to know the measurement of the home. It would also help to know how many beds and baths are in the home not including additions.
What type of foundation does your mobile home sit on
We would also need to know if the home sits on skirting or a foundation. If on a foundation is it just a crawl space or an actual foundation? That will make a big difference when it comes to moving the home in terms of cost. Most mobile homes have piers or cinder blocks that they sit on and then there is skirting like picture below that is put around the home. This skirting will help to protect the home from animals and weather.
Another key element to moving a home off private land is if the home is accessible to the road. Are there trees in the way of moving this home? Are there power lines that would cause issues? This information is very helpful to you.
Who pays for the move
Sellers always want to know whether the cost to move the home is our responsibility or theirs. As a buyer we are responsible for the moving costs to the home. Realize however that moving costs on homes can range anywhere from $2,500 all the way up to $8,000 roughly depending on if the home is a singlewide or doublewide and how far we are moving it. Many times, we will get calls from sellers who are looking for retail prices on these manufactured homes and we can’t pay that if we are going to move the home but we will try to come close to what you need.
Title vs. Deed for a mobile home
Some sellers will not have a title to the mobile home. When you are trying to figure out the difference between the title vs the deed click here. It is important to know which one you have. To move mobile homes in most states you will need a physical title and that is something that we are experienced in and we can usually help point you in the right direction.
Banks and homes that need to be moved
One of the biggest hurdles sellers typically face is trying to find someone who can move the home and get funds to pay for the home as well. Many banks / financial institutions do not want to finance a home that they know will be moving down the road, so you typically need to have a cash buyer.
How long will this process take
Homes will typically take anywhere from 45 to 90 days to move from a piece of land if you do have title in hand. If you don’t have title in hand in your name the process may take a few extra weeks. It also takes a few weeks to get permits and movers lined up.
How is a mobile home moved
Movers will typically show up and unhook all utilities to the home and remove the skirting. Then they will hook the axles and hitch up to the underneath of the mobile home getting it ready for the road. If you have a doublewide mobile home these homes need to be broke into 2 pieces and separated in the middle commonly called the marriage line. Carpet / tile needs to be cut in this area, trim will also need to be taken down, shingles will need to be removed and siding will also need to be taken down and this is all done by the moving crew. Typically, a crew will come in and prep the home and then a few days later the actual semi (toter truck) will come to hook on to the home and move it in one single piece if it’s a singlewide or piece by piece if it’s a doublewide.
Older mobile homes: 1970’s units
Now some mobile homes are older and are non livable. These homes typically need to be demolished because nobody will buy them which is fine. There just may be a bigger expense to getting those homes removed from your land. Many times I tell sellers to simply place and ad on Craigslist to see if they can find someone that is interested in scraping them out if they are metal. If they are still livable some people will take them for hunting cabins, which is a popular choice.
One of the key reasons to sell to a mobile home broker is the fact that we can give you time to move from the home and we wouldn’t need financing plus we can make the process quick and easy. Our quotes are free and we have years and years of experience in moving mobile homes off from private land so call or text me today at 989-233-2568.