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Question DetailsAsked on 3/14/2015

I have magnums' how much would it cost to level my mobile home

three years ago I had magnums put under my mobile home to level it and meet earthquake proof regulations for the sales market. It now needs to be re-leveled. How much should I expect it to cost me?

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You don't say if you have Magnum Piers or Helical Anchors - I would guess the latter if used for earthquake overturning force resistance.

Unfortunately, you should not be having settlement if the job was done right unless they were installed for tie-down only (not support) and your pads supporting the home are settling - because settlement (enough to be noticeable) likely means either the fasteners connecting the anchors to the house have slipped or the anchors are moving, which should not be the case except in perhaps the most severe swelling soils, so I would first be talking to the original installers about the support system failing and maybe them releveling for free.

Cost to relevel depends an awful lot on how they are installed - if under the frame then they will have to reinsert the jacking system orginally used and jack the home up, possibly splice in an extension or shimming, then retighten the fasteners. If attached on the outside of the home, then simply loosening the fasteners while jacking it up to level, then retightening the clamps may be all that is needed. How difficult that is depends on clearance to work and whether the original clamp system was the adjustable type or not.

If clamps were the adjustable type, I would be expecting maybe 10-20% of what it cost for the initial installation - say maybe $400-800 assuming 4-8 anchors. If they were just helical anchors for tie-down restraints only andnot supporting the home itself (most likely the case), then likely the supporting concrete pads or cribbing actually holding the home up are settling or deteriorating, so the tiedowns will have to be released, the pads will have to be removed and probably dug down a foot or so and crushed stone bedding placed and compacted to improve the bearing capacity, then the pads put back in (or larger ones installed), and finally the tie-downs retightened. That could run anywhere from around $500 to $1000 for rework or potentially more depending on the specific situation or if the pads need replacement rather than just resetting. Get a couple of bids to see what the market cost in your area is. Of course, areas with lots of mobile homes generally are cheaper than in areas with few mobile homes.

Your vendor for this, which AL does not appear to have a category for, would be the foundation company who did the original work, or a mobile home moving and setup company. You might be able to get recommendations from any neighbors or manager, if in a mobile home park as opposed to on a separate lot. Or from mobile home sales dealers, asking who they have do the setup on units they sell.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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