Posted by Karl (Oh) on November 27, 2000 at 23:43:17:
The actual move probably can be done for close to $500. That would be the tear down, unblock the home and put it on wheels, tote it to the new location, and reblock and level. I pay about $600 for all that. Its the setup that costs extra. I pay about $100 per utility (gas, electric, water, sewer) plus about $200 for materials, labor and material for tie-downs, and another $400 for new skirting installed. Plus it seems like there’s always something extra that costs a little more than expected, and there’s always someone who doesn’t do what they promised, making the move a real drag. When you move a home, you’re sometimes at the mercy of some real colorful folks. Not always fun. I would talk to the PM of the park it’s moving to, they may have someone cheap they could recommend to do the hook up. Find out if you need permits and inspections on the new electric and sewer. If its a nice home that they want in their park, ask them if they could help pay for some or all of the moving costs. I’ve done this a couple times on newer homes I’ve moved.
Careful with your terminology with the buyer. Don’t mix the term downpayment with option fee. An option fee is non-refundable if they don’t purchase at the end of the lease, (unless you want to give some of it back in exchange for them not trashing the home). If they don’t buy the home, forfeiting the option fee makes sense, keeping the downpayment sound unfair. I’m guessing you want the $1500 to be an option fee. If the buyer doesn’t exercise the option, and your agreement says downpayment, it would be hard to justify keeping the downpayment in front of the judge on a home they didn’t end up buying.
Just my opinion.