how you can beat free? - Posted by Steve-WA
Posted by Steve-WA on July 21, 2003 at 22:59:48:
In your case, free means:
Cost to move and setup - anywhere from $400 to $2400, or more
Building permit - $100 for me
All the work to pass the building inspection: porches, usually 2, 100-200 each, for materials only; gutters - anywhere from 50 bucks for downspouts and splashguards, to 400 for the whole shebang; smoke detectors, drywall in water heater and furnace enclosures, possible window replacements to allow acceptable fire exits, and a few more things I haven’t remembered.
Skirting - if you can get used in any condition from a mover, free to cheap, and then your tinme to put it up; or, hire it done - last time I checked, $600 for labor only. I do my own - mail ordered from the mobilehomepartsstore.com, 300 - 400 delivered, and I taught myself to install - a good half day to 8 hrs time spent.
Holding costs, marketing costs - plan on a couple of months lot rent, plus $100 for ads and signs.
There’s a couple of old posts by Karl(OH) about moving:
Or, do as some do, take an option, and sell it cheap as a mover for $500.
Pretty complicated, easy to get sour on this, if you aren’t confident and have a clue of the real, hidden costs. I have spent $3000 to $5000 for “free movers”.