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How to Move a Mobile Home

One of the best things about living in a mobile home is portability. When your nomadic impulse stirs, you simply pull up stakes and take your home with you. While this sounds easy, the process is filled with potential pitfalls. So, before you move your mobile home, plan to save yourself needless expense and grief with the right preparation.

The process of getting your home loaded onto a trailer for transport, plus the stresses of highway transport with a higher center of gravity, creates jostling and turbulence that can shake and damage your home’s contents. So, plan to ship your furnishings and household goods separately. Soft items, such as apparel and bedding, may travel safely inside the home if secured inside closets or cubbies.Getty Images -614122002

Packing your goods for transport can be a little challenging inside a small space. The dining table is typically the best place to work. If you need to clear an area, about six to eight feet square is usually sufficient for wrapping and packing. Remove any hanging lamps and pack them for separate transport. Make sure all doors (cabinet, closet, shower)are secure and not subject to flipping and flopping.

If you currently reside in a mobile home community, check the terms of your lease. Many mobile home communities require residents to give a thirty-day notice before moving. They may have other stipulations as well.

Contact your utilities providers well in advance to let them know of your move date, so they may schedule the disconnection of gas and electric services. It’s a good idea to monitor the disconnection, seeing that your service providers take care not to damage the track that holds your home’s skirt.

As for moving the home itself, you will need to hire a company that is licensed to transport mobile homes. They will perform the jacking, preparation, and loading for highway transport. Get a price for their service in writing, including applicable permits and fees.

Keep in mind your home will be subject to high-wind turbulence in transit—and anything on its exterior that is not super-secure may be blown off. This includes satellite dishes, antennae, and light fixtures. Screw doors shut and secure any loose siding or trim. Ask your mobile home transport provider about their insurance, or contact your insurance agent to make sure you have ample coverage.

While Ernie’s Van & Storage does not do the actual transport of the home itself, we do provide packing and moving services for the contents of mobile homes. We’re here to help with any move you undertake.

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