Factors that Affect Relocation Costs
The process of relocating an office trailer is not as simple as it sounds. Let’s clarify one thing: if you are renting from a local supplier and just need to have your trailer removed, usually that just means a phone call to your supplier to schedule the removal. But relocating a trailer unit to a separate site is a bit more complicated. Believe it or not, in many cases, it is actually more cost-effective to rent a separate office trailer than to pay the cost to dismantle, move, and install the unit on a completely new site.
9 Factors that Affect the Cost to Relocate
- Cost of labor to dismantle trailer
- Utility cancellation fee
- Travel distance to new site
- Size/weight of trailer
- Regional market price for oversized moves
- Building permit fee for new site
- Cost of labor for new site prep (foundation leveling, securing unit to ground)
- Replacement cost for accessories like underbelly skirting, ramps, stairs, etc.
- Potential damage to windows, doors, interior furnishings during move
The cost to move an office trailer can range from $1,500 to $15,000 (with a rate of $5-$10 per mile), depending on the number of miles traveled and the size and weight of the trailer.
Pros of Relocating a Mobile Office Trailer:
- Cost savings on purchasing a new office trailer
- Potential for cost savings on rent or property ownership
- Could be a faster alternative
Cons of Relocating a Mobile Office Trailer:
- Wear and tear on the office trailer from transportation and set-up
- Additional maintenance and repair costs
- Zoning and permitting requirements may add additional time and cost to the relocation process.
Pros of Renting a New Office Trailer:
- No wear and tear from transportation and set-up
- No additional maintenance and repair costs
- Zoning and permitting requirements can be handled by the rental company
- The option to upgrade to a newer and larger office trailer if the business expands.
Cons of Renting a New Office Trailer:
- Ongoing rental costs that could be higher than the cost of owning
- Limited customization options as it will be a standard rental unit.
How to Reduce Relocation Costs
- Empty trailer of all furniture, electronic equipment, kitchen appliances, etc.
- Lock, secure, and cover windows and doors to prevent damage.
- Re-use foundation materials such as blocks, piles, skirting, etc.
In summary, it is important to perform a detailed and itemized price comparison of the cost to relocate vs. rent or buy a new unit. You may be surprised by the results. If you want to find a new mobile office trailer or want to work with a reputable mobile office supplier, you can get started at 360Connect!