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Question DetailsAsked on 1/18/2018

How much does it cost to do concrete pedestals on 28x48 double wide

Tomball,texas in harris county rural area

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Below are a couple of links to similar questions which might help - in our area (not an area with many mobile homes) precast concrete pedestals run about $450 each (cheaper in our area than concreted-in block piers), typically about 12-16 needed under a double wide, plus around $2000-3000 for the installation and tiedowns/ installation depending on whether done at time of move-in (cheaper) or after-the-fact. So - around $7-10,000 complete is common in our area - not much cheaper than slab on grade but due to frost penetration depth that is not an option in our area anyway. In some parts of the country (especially deep south) more like $3000-5000 range has been noted as a common charge for this, so your cost might be more in that range - I would get a couple of bids from trailer movers/setup companies. Not an Angies List category - the closest they have is Remodeling - Mobile/Manufactured Home, many of which listed companies only do intewrior repairs/remodels.

In a highest category hurricane zone or FEMA flooding/storm surge zone cost can go up by 100% or more in some cases - though generally if in a flood zone a mobile/manufactured home is a problem issues anyway because putting them up high enough to above flood level, if more than a few feet above ground level, is commonly not worth the cost.

Note the article says you have to have a concrete slab for FHA or similar government guaranteed loans - that is NOT true. It has to be on a "permanent" foundation, not temporary, certified by an engineer to be in conformance with the regulations on a "Foundation Certificate", has to be properly tied down (so in-ground screw anchors usually when using concrete piers) as applicable for your seismic/ wind/ hurricane/ flooding zones.

And generally, for probably almost all lenders, to get "home" rate and federally insured financing, as opposed to vehicle/RV/trailer rates, it has to be considered "real estate" by the local government - so usually has to be on permanent foundation to below frost depth, tongue and axles removed, proper tiedowns, permanent stairs or deck at the entrances, permanent utilitiy connections, and on land owned by the trailer owner - not a rented or leased spot like in a trailer park. Some areas allow on leased property if zoned as a single residence lot and still count it as "real estate" rather than as a "trailer" if lease is at least 10 years or some such number of years long AND the trailer/mobile home is registered and taxed as a permanent improvemetn to the property, not as a temporary trailer.

These are factors to consider now, so whatever you put in hopefully meets the requirements for financing. Many lenders are following the HUD/FHA/FNMA/VA guidelines regardless of whether you are going for federally insured loan, and of course most lenders will not lend on a mobile/manufactured home unless the loan is federally insured, so not meeting those requirements can greatly reduce the number of potential buyers down the road come resale time. That assuming this is not a unit disqualified for federal loan guarantees by being on a rental "trailer park" lot or such. [Note - a few trailer parks are now getting around this issue by converting to condos or such and making each parking spot a separate condo 'unit", with permanent foundations - some "retirement communities" in Florida and Texas for example have been doing this to make the properties qualify as "real estate".]

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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