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4 Laws To Know When Moving A Manufactured Home

As of 2022 it is estimated that roughly 22 million people live in some type of manufactured home. Manufactured homes offer many benefits including a reduction in purchase and maintenance costs as well being more environmentally friendly. Another reason people tend to like manufactured homes is their convenience. Most manufactured homes can be hooked up to the back of a truck and hauled away to a new location with relative ease. It’s a good idea to understand the specifics of how to move a manufactured home and any laws dictating when or how the mobile home can be moved. In this article we will discuss 4 laws to be aware of regarding the transport of manufactured homes as well as some tips to help you with the moving process.

Law#1: Obtaining A Permit To Move Your Manufactured Home

It’s not as simple as just picking up and hauling your manufactured home someplace new whenever you feel like it. The process of getting a permit will vary depending on the state and county in which you currently reside but you will likely be required to produce a couple important items:

  • A certificate to verify there are no unpaid taxes due on the property
  • A copy of the title for the property

Just like when dealing with any type of government agency, be sure to allow plenty of time to get your permits in order prior to the big move. The last thing you’d want is slow paperwork messing up your move. 

Law#2: You Need To Hire A Manufactured Home Mover

When it comes to moving a manufacture home there is no DIY process to take on. There unfortunately are laws in place that require you to hire a licensed and insured transport company to handle a move of this size. Be sure to check with the transport company to ensure they have the appropriate experience and equipment necessary to handle your mobile home transport

Not all transport companies will be able to handle a move of this size so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to do your research. By doing this you can ensure you hire a reliable company and have the chance to shop around for the best quotes and secure the best deal possible. Don’t forget the rest of your belongs either, get a professional company such as a removals Blackpool to get properly settled in.

Law#3: Your Manufactured Home Needs To Be Up To Code

HUD codes are legal requirements to place your manufactured home anywhere on the map. If you happen to have a manufactured home that was built before 1976 you may not be allowed to move it since these HUD codes hadn’t been enacted yet. 

Law#4: Verify The Legal Requirements Of Your New City

Depending on where you are moving your home to, this new city or town may have stricter laws in place regarding the building standards or age of the property compared to your current city. You will most likely encounter special zoning requirements that you will have to follow. 

If your manufactured home happens to be 15 years or older, you can expect to go through a lot more work trying to produce proof that your structure is sound enough and safe. There is a reason we have building standards and codes in place and there is no getting around these types of laws if your home isn’t safe for living. 

Get Started Relocating You Manufactured Home 

Don’t let these laws get in the way of letting you start the moving process. There are many people each year that successfully move their manufactured homes. Just be sure to give yourself enough time. There’s no reason to make this a stressful process. As for how to get started, take a look at these quick steps to make sure you are in compliance with the laws for moving your manufactured home. 

  1. Be sure to contact the building commissioner for your new town
  2. Have your property title and county treasurer certificate ready
  3. Hire a transport company that specializes in hauling manufactured homes
  4. If applicable give advanced notice to you current home park that you will be relocating

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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