Posted by Dirk Roach on January 09, 1999 at 11:41:58:
I know that you posted this for Lonnie, but I just had to chime in.
Anyhow just a quick point. Moving a mobile can be a pain. Not nessicerily unprofitable. However, a price quote of moving a
MH fro between $300 and $600 DOES NOT sound off at all for a single wide mobile home.
Now to get into the cost of TEAR DOWN and SET UP. That is what can kill the plan of moving one.
Lets hit Tear down first.
Before it (the MH) can be moved it must be prepared to be moved. The skirting dispatched, utilities connections physically
disconnected, Axles put on (if they are missing you can sometimes rent them from the mover but it’s more money), wheels
added, etc. Then on an older one, it is usually a good idea to move anything of substantial weight separately. What I’m talking
about are refrigerators and stoves, washer and dryers etc. in a separate truck. Most older homes do not need to be banged
around in route by these heavy items. You could have problems.
In my market (San Diego) a tear down can cost anywhere from 1k to 2k in itself.
Now once the MH is moved to the new park, we have to apply set up, which can a little more expensive. Basely it’s
everything in reverse, but add more money to detail. The skirting in almost every circumstance will not reapply correctly, you
most likely are going to have to purchase a new skirting kit. The utility connections will have to be done by a liscened
contractor (in order to get your permits and okays from the county inspectors) and once the inspectors get out there they start
looking at other thing existing wiring etc. The mobile in CA has to be earthquake braced, not an inexpensive thing to have
Basically your looking at another 1k to 2.5k for set-up.
Now this may not be a problem if you can buy cheap enough. However for the new guy/gal getting into Lonnie deals your
going to run the risk of getting gray hair doing this.
There are so many out there that can stay in the park that you might want to focus on them. Sure a mobile home for a grand
initially may perk your interest. But when you move one your looking at adding a couple of grand and TIME. One which can
stay where it is your looking at better profit and a lot less time and head ache.
Anyhow just some thoughts,