Manufactured homes, once seen as a mere alternative to traditional housing, have grown in popularity due to their cost-effectiveness, flexibility, and high quality. For many, the allure of these homes lies in their ability to be relocated from one site to another. But how does transporting a manufactured home work? Cambio Communities, with its commitment to offering spacious, affordable homes in prime locations across the United States, delves deep into this process to give potential homeowners and renters insight.

Pre-transport Preparations

Before the actual move, several preparatory steps need to be accomplished:

  • Site Survey: Prior to any move, it is essential to survey both the current site and the destination. Factors like accessibility, road conditions, and overhead obstacles (like trees or power lines) need to be assessed.
  • Home Inspection: This is to ensure the home is structurally sound for the move. All utilities should be disconnected, and the home should be secured from the inside by locking windows, doors, and removing any loose items.
  • Securing Permits: Different states and localities have their regulations for transporting large structures. It is essential to secure all necessary permits to ensure a legal and hassle-free move.

Choosing the Right Transporter

Not all transport companies are created equal, especially when it comes to transporting manufactured homes. Factors to consider include:

  • Experience: Opt for transporters with a history of moving manufactured homes. They will be familiar with the unique challenges such moves present.
  • Equipment: Special equipment, like pilot cars or police escorts, might be required depending on the home's size and the journey's route.
  • Insurance: Ensure that the transporter has appropriate insurance to cover potential damages during the move.

The Actual Move

The move itself involves multiple stages:

  • Lifting the Home: Using hydraulic jacks or specialized lifting equipment, the home is elevated, allowing it to be placed onto the trailer or transport vehicle.
  • Securing the Home: The home must be safely attached to the trailer, ensuring it will not shift or sustain damage during transit.
  • Transport: With everything secured, the transporter can begin the journey. Depending on the home's size, the move might require additional vehicles, like pilot cars, to ensure safety.
  • Arrival & Positioning: Once at the destination, the process is reversed. The home is gently lifted off the trailer, positioned as per the site plan, and set onto its new foundation.

Post-transport Setup

Transporting a manufactured home is only half the journey. Once the home has been positioned, a few more steps are needed:

  • Reconnecting Utilities: Electric, water, gas, and other utilities need to be safely reconnected.
  • Inspections: Local regulations might require an inspection post-setup to ensure the home is habitable and meets all standards.
  • Final Touches: This involves tasks like skirting, landscaping, and interior setup to transform the house back into a home.

Transporting a manufactured home might sound daunting, but with the right preparations, experienced transporters, and a clear understanding of the process, it can be a smooth experience. For those considering such a move, remember that you are not just relocating a house – you are ensuring your home continues to be a part of your life's journey. As part of our commitment to building thriving communities, Cambio Communities also offers community acquisition opportunities for those looking to invest in well-run neighborhoods. Wherever you go, we are here to ensure you always have a clean, affordable, and welcoming place to call home.