How to Add a Mobile Home to Your Property for an Elderly Parent

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Caring for an elderly parent living in another city is difficult. Several options exist to care for the parent, such as assisted living centers, that carry price tags and unknown quality of care. Another option is to move the parent onto your existing property allowing the parent to maintain independence while giving you the ability to be immediately available in case of an emergency. Many legal and utility requirements must be addressed before moving a mobile home onto your property for an elderly parent.

  • Contact your local zoning office to identify legal requirements for adding a mobile home to an existing property. Some locations restrict the placement of mobile homes on certain types of property.

  • Hire an electrical contractor to come out and survey the land. Identify any requirements for running additional lines or having to add additional meters to the property for the second home.

  • Request a site survey for water, sewage and gas needs from the appropriate local utility companies. The utility companies will determine whether additional lines are needed or whether the mobile home can immediately tap into existing lines. The companies will have a list of names of approved contractors capable of completing the job.

  • Hire a mobile home mover to relocate the mobile home onto the property including leveling the mobile home and connecting of the water, sewage, gas and electrical lines.

Tips & Warnings

  • Moving a mobile home onto a lot with a framed house within city limits is almost always restricted. Outside of city limits on personal property, the legal requirements are often substantially less, but it still requires approval from city or county officials. Once approved, hiring a general contractor to manage the move and connect all the lines will be slightly more expensive but will guarantee that all the connections and setup are done properly.

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