Estimated Cost - Paving New Roads - Mobile Home Community

Hello MHU Community!

We’re looking at acquiring a small mobile home community (~70 pads). The roads are currently gravel and I’d like to model in some capex for paving the roads once acquired. Is anyone able to share any rules of thumb for ball parking expected costs and scope of work?

Thank you!

BH

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The costs vary by location and by the type of surface you use. Asphalt is often 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of concrete but doesn’t last as long. Be careful if you are in a true southern climate as manufactured homes and hot mushy asphalt don’t mix real well.

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I wouldn’t call 70 pads small. I have a 68 lot park and we repaved it (asphalt) late 2017 for a total of $107,000. Hope that helps

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I think the best way to guesstimate cost is call a local paving contractor. Rules of thumb are great, but pricing varies by market. So my rule of thumb my be totally off base for your market. Calling local paving contractors will provide a much better estimate.

Use google earth to determine the square footage of the roadway you want to pave. Find an online asphalt calculator to tell you how many tons of asphalt it will take, use 3" for depth. Once you get an idea of tonnage, find out the cost of asphalt in your area and that will give you a estimate of what the material cost will be. In NE Ohio, asphalt is running about $80/ton. Depending on the contractor, it will cost anywhere from 2.5 to 4 times the price of the asphalt to put it down. All of that is assuming the the current gravel road does not need any repairs or preparation prior to putting down the new asphalt.
A couple of things: look for where the water runs off, nothing destroys a road faster than poor drainage. Fix any drainage problems or you will be throwing your money away. Also, overtime, roads have a tendency to get wider, especially at intersections. We are working on the roads in our park and some of the intersections have grown over the years into literally boulevard size status, we are to grade those back to what they were, one upside is it will take less asphalt to cover. But JD is right, nothing beats an actual estimate.

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