First and foremost, there's more than one way to remove a mobile home, and each method comes with its own cost.
Likewise, each method comes with its own set of factors that affect that cost. We'll go over the various parts that play a role in cost and how to get the best deal.
The cost to get rid of a mobile home varies from one project to the next; however, there are a number of factors that affect mobile home removal no matter what method you choose.
Size of the Mobile Home
The size of the mobile home will have arguably the biggest effect on the overall cost of mobile home removal. So naturally, you can expect to pay more for a double-wide than a single-wide mobile home.
Whether you're demolishing it, deconstructing it, or relocating it—the bigger the mobile home, the more expensive it will be to have it removed.
Distance to Destination
If you plan on having the mobile home transported to a new location, close proximity to the destination reduces costs over having to transport over long distances.
As you can probably guess, it's not easy (or cheap) to haul a mobile home behind a big truck. Not only does it require a great deal of fuel to get where it needs to go, but if the mobile home is wider than one lane, you will likely require an escort, which costs extra.
Contents of the Mobile Home
If your mobile home is full of belongings, it will be much heavier than an empty mobile home. A heavier load is more expensive to remove or relocate.
The overall weight of the mobile home plays a huge role in mobile home removal cost, not just the contents inside. Newer mobile homes can weigh more than 10 lbs. per square foot more than older models, so they are typically more expensive to remove.
Permit and Inspection Fees
In practically every zoned township in the country, mobile home demolition requires a permit. These permits generally require a fee, which can cost anywhere from $100 - $350 or more in some cases, depending on where you live.
If moving your mobile home to a new county or state, a permit is required for that, too. And if you are re-assembling the mobile home once it reaches its destination, you may also need to acquire a “set-up” permit as well.
Know what to look for when hiring a contractor:
- What Does Contractor Insurance Cover?
- 7 Keys to Successfully Hiring a Demolition Contractor
- A State-by-State Guide to Contractor License Requirements
Equipment and Services
Relocating a mobile home is easily the most complex of the removal methods. Not only will the home need to be inspected before relocation—which costs money—but it must be adequately prepared for the move and re-assembled upon arrival, too.
All this requires heavy-duty tools and equipment, which in turn costs more money.
Likewise, you'll need to get liability insurance to cover the move. Oftentimes, all of these fees are included in the contractor's quote, but always make sure before signing anything.
Disposal fees can drastically increase the overall cost of your mobile home removal and is another aspect of the project you will want to discuss with potential contractors.
If you are having your mobile home demolished, you'll need to ensure the debris is disposed of properly as well.
However, disposal fees at a landfill are quite a bit higher than recycling fees, so we encourage you to deconstruct your mobile home if possible. This will keep salvageable and recyclable materials out of the landfills.
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