Moving a mobile home can be a significant investment of both time and money. In the old days, moving a trailer home was as easy as hitching it to the back of your tractor or pickup truck and pulling it along. But now modular homes have become so complex that specialized equipment is needed for even the simplest of moves. It’s no longer a job you can do yourself – you need to get a mobile home moving company to help you. But how do you sift through the offers of multiple mobile home moving companies and choose the right one for the job? To make the right choice, you need to evaluate each company on three criteria: equipment, knowledge, and availability.
In order to evaluate a mobile home moving company’s equipment, you need to first understand the dimensions of the building you want moved. How tall, wide, and long is your trailer home? How much does it weigh? By knowing this information, you can provide it to transport companies when you request a quote. They should be able to tell you if their equipment can handle the load. It also matters if you have a single wide home or a larger one. Single wide homes will usually only require one trailer, and possibly a pilot vehicle. Double wide or larger trailer homes may require multiple trailers, or multiple trips with the same trailer. You should also take in to account the area around the mobile home’s current location, its destination, and everywhere in between. Acknowledge if you will require special equipment to move the home off of its current supports and on to a trailer for transport, and then ask your mobile home moving company if they have the appropriate equipment for the job.
Secondly, you should evaluate your transporter’s knowledge. Are they familiar with the laws and regulations regarding trailer home transport? How many times have they completed a successful move? Do they have experience in your area, or with your particular type of mobile home? Don’t be afraid to ask questions, or ask for references from past jobs. A truly knowledgeable moving company will be glad to share details of their experience and successes. Be wary if they are reluctant to talk about past jobs, or if they seem like they are not familiar with the details of trailer home transport.
Once you are satisfied with your chosen company’s equipment and knowledge, inquire about their availability. Try to find a time to perform the move that fits both your schedule and theirs. Don’t be afraid if they are booked up. It may be a little inconvenient, but it’s always a good sign when a transporter has more clients than they can handle – it means that there are plenty of satisfied customers that are happy with that company’s work.
By ensuring that your chosen mobile home moving company meets these three criteria, you can be assured that your trailer home will arrive at its destination on time and in good condition. Be sure to inquire with as many transporters as possible in your area. By letting transporters compete for your business, you can get a pretty good deal on a potentially expensive job.