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How to Move a Mobile Home

How to have a manufactured moved. Remember, moving is NOT installing.

How to move a mobile home

Moving a Mobile Home in Texas: A Comprehensive Guide

Moving a mobile home can be a daunting task, but it’s sometimes necessary due to various reasons, such as relocating to a new property, upgrading to a newer mobile home, or simply changing your current location within Texas. If you’re wondering how to move a mobile home, this article is for you! Moving a mobile home is a significant undertaking that requires careful planning, compliance with local regulations, and the assistance of professionals. 

At Mobile Bye Bye, we move mobile homes regularly. Sometimes we a moving homes that we purchase ourselves, other times, we help buyers who want to bring a mobile home to their property or a different community. Regardless of the reason, we can help. 

Moving is not Installing!

 

But before we get started, it’s important to remember that MOVING is different than INSTALLING. This may seem obviously but moving a mobile home typically includes only the steps to prepare the home to be moved and then setting the home in it’s new location. It does not include hooking the home up to utilities, installing new skirting, or installing new steps and decks. But owners can get confused because sometimes Moving Companies will call the “setting” of a mobile home “installation”. Technically, “installing” that a Moving Company performs is very important and includes leveling the home, setting the home on blocks or a foundation, and installing tie downs. Rarely does it include installing a vapor barrier but this may be something certain movers can help with. 

Installing a manufactured home includes hooking the home up to utilities. This includes an electrician to pull permits and hookup power to the home, a plumber to hookup waterlines and sewer lines, and an HVAC technician to install Central AC if included. And remember, this assumes utility taps are already present on the property. If your land is raw, additional development will need to be done. Finally, installation includes installing new skirting, decks, and making any repairs to the home that occurred during transit. As you can see, moving and installing are very different!

In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of moving a mobile home in Texas only. 

 

1. Legal Requirements and Permits

Before you start the process of moving your mobile home, it’s crucial to understand the legal requirements and obtain the necessary permits. Mobile home regulations and permitting processes can vary from county to county in Texas, so it’s essential to check with your local government or county planning department to get specific information about the permits you’ll need.

Typically, you’ll need to acquire permits for oversize and overweight loads, as moving a mobile home requires specialized transportation equipment. Additionally, you may need permits for road closures and police escorts if your route involves traveling on public roads.

2. Hire a Licensed Mobile Home Mover

Moving a mobile home is not a DIY project. It requires specialized equipment, knowledge, and experience. Therefore, it’s crucial to hire a licensed and experienced mobile home moving company in Texas. These professionals are well-versed in the regulations and safety protocols for moving mobile homes, ensuring a smooth and safe relocation. Not sure if your mover is licensed? Ask to see their license card or look up a License Holder on TDHCA website

When selecting a mobile home mover, make sure to:

  • Check their credentials, licenses, and insurance.
  • Request references or read reviews from previous customers.
  • Get multiple quotes to compare prices and services.
  • Ensure they have the necessary equipment and expertise for your specific move.

3. Prepare Your Mobile Home

Before the actual move, you’ll need to prepare your mobile home to move. Note, these steps are different than the steps required to prepare your mobile home for sale. Here, we are assuming the home is already sold. Here are some essential steps:

  • Remove all personal belongings and disconnect utilities, including water, electricity, and gas.
  • Secure or remove any loose items both inside and outside the home.
  • Perform a thorough inspection to identify any existing damage, and document it with photographs.
  • Ensure that your mobile home is structurally sound and in compliance with local building codes.

4. Transportation and Route Planning

Your mobile home mover will handle the logistics of transporting your home. They will typically use specialized trucks and equipment designed for moving mobile homes. However, it’s important to discuss the route with your mover and ensure that it complies with local regulations and permits. In Texas, TXDOT will issue a permit to the mover and decide the route for them. This is typically done by the Mover, but you will want to verify by asking for a copy of the moving permit. 

Be prepared for potential delays due to road conditions, weather, and other unforeseen circumstances. It’s essential to communicate regularly with your mobile home mover to stay informed about the progress of your move.

5. Set-Up at the New Location

Once your mobile home has safely reached its destination, the mobile home mover will assist with the basic set-up process. This includes:

  • Leveling the home and placing on blocks or a foundation
  • Anchoring the mobile home to ensure stability and safety usually with tie-down straps.
  • Reconnecting a doublewide and putting the roof cap on
 

However, most mobile home movers do not assist in ALL the setup steps required to officially move-in and live in the home. Some of these steps include: 

  • Reconnecting utilities.
  • Ensuring compliance with local zoning and building codes.
  • Reinstalling new steps, decks, and skirting as needed
  • Reinstalling siding or internal drywall or flooring that was removed or damaged when separating a doublewide
  • Repairing any cracks or damages that occurred during the move

6. Post-Move Inspection

After the mobile home is set up at its new location, it’s a good practice to conduct another inspection to ensure that it has arrived in the same condition as it was before the move. Compare the condition to your pre-move documentation and address any discrepancies with your mobile home mover if necessary.

 

Conclusion: How to Move A Mobile Home

Moving a mobile home in Texas is a complex process that requires careful planning, adherence to legal requirements, and the assistance of experienced professionals. By following these steps and working closely with a licensed mobile home mover, you can ensure a safe and successful relocation of your mobile home within the Lone Star State. Remember to consult local authorities and regulations to ensure compliance throughout the process, and always prioritize safety for both your home and the community during the move.

If you want your mobile home removed from your property, are fighting an eviction, or just want to some quick cash for your mobile home, don’t hesitate to contact Mobile Bye Bye today!

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