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Question DetailsAsked on 7/14/2016

who demolishes mobile homes in dauphin county

My daughter is in the process of buying a property and must remove the mobile home before the bank will give her the mortgage. They are in their early 20's and have little extra $$$. What is the least expensive way but realible?

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Here is a link to a recent answer I gave to a similar question, with several links to related answers -

Cheapest - if not their trailer, have the owner haul away the mobile home before closing, at his cost, as a contingency item. Generally the Seller has to remove all personal property (which this is unless on permanent foundation and permitted as a home) by closing date unless the buyer agrees to retain it - just put that in the contract as a contingency item, or if past contingency period have realtor send a letter to his realtor noting that you expect and require that the mobile home be removed from the property before closing inspection date.

Alternative - see if any mobile home dealer will take it off their hands for free or cheap.

If they for some reason have to do it themselves (like property has already closed) - though as other questions note some potential issues regarding title - is to test insulation and any sheet flooring for asbestos if manufacturer's tag indicates it is old enough for that to be a concern, and assuming that is not an issue go to it with a sawzall and sledge hammer and wrecking bar, cutting/breaking small enough to put in dumpsters (watch weight per dumpster load so you don't overload) that you get hauled off, cut the frame to short enough pieces to be handled using abrasive cutoff discs if no acetylene torch or fairly heavy duty arc welder handy, then have an auto wrecking company (Towing) or a Hauler (junk hauling) company haul those larger pieces to the scrap metal yard for you for disposal.

Another option - scrap the trailer and axles per above, move frame next to house and use it as the frame for a porch or deck, or on piers or on the ground as the base for a playdeck, shed, deck alongside an above-ground pool, etc - obviously works better if rectangular frame (from normal trailer home) than pointed-end one like with recreational or Airstream house trailer. Bolt timbers along the frame to nail into and with some treated wood presto - instant deck.

Also work great as the frame for a boat dock (subject to legal requirements about building a dock) or boat ramp if you live along water.

Commercially - some junkyards will haul one away (usually only after testing shows no asbestos) for a price. Also, most Demolition companies (not an AL category) will do this sort of demo work for a thousand or two, but likely to require proof of ownership and a "JUNKED" title endorsement.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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