Should you level your mobile home?
First of all, you’ll need to know if your home is unlevel. Now you might be thinking that it’d be pretty easy to tell, but the issue isn’t necessarily an obvious one. There are several common signs you should be looking for that often point to an unlevel home. If you’re only experiencing one or two of these issues, it could be another issue. But a home plagued by most of the following warning signs should be checked out as soon as possible.
Signs your mobile home is unlevel
- Doors and/or windows that are difficult to open or shut. This includes cabinet doors and closet doors as well.
- Unusual cracks in the walls, roof or floor. This indicates your mobile home is under stress.
- Awnings or attachments that are bent or difficult to use.
- Sounds of creaks and/or moans in the house.
- The skirting around your house looks like it’s buckled under pressure.
- Water is running off of cabinets or tables onto the floor.
- Visual indicators from outside the home that it’s tilted in one direction or another.
Again, it’s important to note that your mobile home may be level even if you’re experiencing one or two of these symptoms. On the other hand, a mobile home that’s plagued by several of these should definitely be inspected.
Why it’s important to level your home
An unlevel home is a serious issue. You should deal with it immediately. While it’s possible to continue your day-to-day activities without even noticing the problem, you’d be doing yourself a huge disservice by ignoring the problem.
For one, an uneven foundation can lead to costly repairs. Think about the skirting around your home, the awning, deck attachments and more. These are going to be seriously damaged if the mobile home is leaning in one direction or the other. Paying for a repair now will save you a lot of money down the road.
Your home might also violate the HUD code safety standards, which would make it extremely difficult to sell to a potential buyer. Additionally, it’ll be even harder to find a federally-secured loan or mortgage for an unlevel home. The most important reason to level your home, though, is your safety. Just imagine if your front door got jammed and you had no way out.
With that said, there are two approaches to leveling your home: hiring a professional or doing it yourself. Below we’ve outlined how much it should cost for both scenarios.
How much does it cost to level a mobile home professionally?
As with any remodeling project, the cost is going to vary depending on how much work you have to do. Your mobile home may need more support beams or piers added which could drive the cost up. In general, you should expect to pay this much for each type of mobile home.
- Single wide: $450-$550
- Double wide: $750 – $850
- Triple wide: $900 – $1,000
For the sake of safety, we highly recommend hiring a professional leveler to do this job for you. This is not your typical DIY project. Please seek out professionals in your area to get a more accurate quote.
Since this is not your typical DIY project, there’s a good chance you won’t have most of the materials needed to complete the job. This is why we still recommend hiring a professional as you probably won’t have to use these tools again.
One of the most important items you’ll need to level your home yourself is a water level. This is used to match elevations of locations that are far apart from one another and can be priced anywhere from $30 – $100. In addition to paying for a tool you might only use once, you’ll also need to learn how to use it.
The second most vital tool you’ll need is a hydraulic jack, and chances are you don’t have one of these sitting around the house. More specifically, you need a jack that can carry 5-20 tons. This is going to cost you between $40 – $140.
A water level and a hydraulic jack are going to be your two biggest investments. Other tools you’ll want on hand include a bubble level, a flashlight, protective eyewear, measuring tape, gloves, and wooden blocks. Altogether, a DIY project is going to cost you less initially. However, you really can’t put a price tag on peace of mind and security. Having a professional do this job will save you from more costly repairs if you level your home incorrectly the first time around.
Check out this DIY tutorial to level your mobile home if you believe you have the skillset and experience needed to perform the job.
Now it’s up to you
So how much does it cost to level a mobile home? Your answer won’t completely numerical. You should also factor in the cost of safety and getting the job done right. We highly recommend going to a professional if you’re not an expert DIYer. Trust us, it’ll be less costly in the end.