How to prepare your manufactured home for the move

Before the moving company loads your manufactured home on the trailer, you’ll need to ensure it’s ready to go. Since some tasks should be completed well in advance, you’ll want to get started as soon as possible.


Disconnect utilities.

Up to two months before your move, notify utility companies that you will be moving. Let them know your move date and when you’d like your utilities disconnected.

Your manufactured home will need to be physically disconnected from the systems that deliver your utilities. If you hire a moving company for a full-service move, the crew will disconnect your manufactured home and reconnect it at the new site. However, if you hire a company for a transport-only move, you’ll have to disconnect utilities yourself or hire professionals, like plumbers, electricians to disconnect the manufactured home at your current location. Unless you are moving within the same area, you’ll need to find another set of professionals at your new location to physically reconnect utilities to your manufactured home. Hiring Rocky Mountain Mobile Home Transport Inc full service will take care of all the disconnects and reconnects for you. (Recommended)

Remove manufactured home skirting.

Skirting closes off the open space underneath a manufactured home. It helps with keeping critters out, helping to retain heat, and promoting airflow so mold and mildew can’t grow underneath. This needs to

be removed before the manufactured home can be moved. You can remove this yourself as long as it is secured by screws or a simple slide-and-click mechanism. However, if the skirting is secured by bolts, it’s better to let the moving company do the job.

Deal with any additions.

Your moving company may or may not be able to move a deck,steps, porch, addition, or storage sheds. Ask before you hire them. If they can’t, you may need to remove these yourself. Remove any air conditioner units or swamp coolers before the move. Rocky Mountain Mobile Home Transport Inc can remove and move all additions, sheds, steps, decks, steps, fences etc.

Pack your belongings.

Although you’re moving your manufactured home, you’ll still need to pack and move your belongings in a separate van. Too much weight in a manufactured home can damage the trailer’s axle. Not to mention, loose items can jostle during the move, causing damage to the home’s interior. Treat a manufactured home move just as you would a move from a fixed home. When in doubt about items that should be moved out, ask your moving company. (Refer to the Preparing Home for Movement section)

Secure loose items.

Once you’ve packed your belongings, go through the manufactured home removing any items that could come loose during the move. This includes glass panels, light fixtures, glass cabinet drawers, and toilet tank lids. Wrap the items in bubble wrap or moving blankets, and pack in boxes if they’ll fit. Load these in your moving truck.

Next, secure all cabinets, so they don’t fly open while on the road. Do the same with shower doors. (If the shower doors are glass, consider removing them and packing them away.) If you choose to leave a large piece of furniture or an appliance in the home, make sure they can’t fall, slide, or tip over.