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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

How much will it cost to lift my house?
Lifting a house is not an easy process. There are many variables involved such as the structure’s size, age, location, and more. The presence of a basement will make the move more involved and affect the price as well. We are happy to do a site visit and prepare a thorough, accurate estimate.

Does lifting a house reduce its integrity?
No. A qualified house lifting contractor knows exactly how to position the equipment, gauge the weight, and properly lift your house and set it back down on a new foundation. When done right, the integrity of your house should not be affected.

How long does it take to lift a house?
Lifting a house can take anywhere from one day to several weeks, depending on the size, location, age, and structural limitations. Other work such as new foundations, utility reconnects, porch, stairs, deck and chimney rebuilding will take more time, but typically can be done within 30-45 days, weather permitting.

Can Additions and porches be lifted?
Yes. The hydraulic jacking systems that are used are the most advanced in the industry. This allows us to raise any wing or addition of a building symmetrically with the main building.

Who coordinates all of the “other” construction items that
need to be handled before and after the house lift?

While it is possible that a homeowner could act as their own general contractor, the staff at CRA Home Elevations has over 35 years of construction experience in project management, scheduling and carpentry. Our on-site project managers have worked closely with all of our trades people for many years. We will insure that a smooth transition takes place and that your project is completed in a professional manner, on time and on budget.

What about rebuilding or resetting any attached structures such as decks,
porches, stairs, chimneys, etc. once my house is lifted and set back down?

CRA Home Elevations will address all of these items in our estimate to you and they will be included in your construction agreement. Everything will be completed by our company, all put back to the way it was before the lift, or better.

Can you build the foundation on which my house will be set on?
Yes. CRA Home Elevations will coordinate all the contractors necessary to excavate, as needed, form and pour footings, and pour concrete or construct block foundation walls. We work closely with our mason to insure that they are familiar with your house and its requirements before they set foot on site, and that all work is done according to plan.

What permits or licenses are required for lifting my house, and who is responsible for getting them?
Every municipality throughout New Jersey is different, but rest assured, any permits required for house lifting will be applied for by CRA Home Elevations, along with any other construction permits for items such as new foundations, decks and porches, roofing, electric or plumbing changes, etc.

I am located in a flood zone. Can I benefit from your services?
If you are located in A or V zone easy accessibility for locating Fema’s requirements by using BFE (http://www.region2coastal.com/sandy/table) guide to quantify how high your house may need to be lifted.

Will I receive a written contract clearly showing me the responsibility of all parties involved in the lift?
Yes. Details of the lift and all construction items, as well as responsibilities by all parties involved, will be stated in writing in our construction agreement for your approval. No work will be performed without your written approval. We don’t believe in “surprises” and we want you to be completely aware of the process from start to finish.

If you have questions that are not addressed in these FAQs
please contact us at 732.637.2374

 

CONSUMER RESOURCES

What is my Advisory Base Flood Elevation (BFE)?:
http://www.region2coastal.com/sandy/table

Recommended Residential Construction for Coastal Areas:
http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=1853

Openings in Foundation Walls and Walls of Enclosures:
http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=1579

Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage Desk Reference:
http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=4160

FEMA Hurricane Sandy Page:
http://www.fema.gov/hurricane-sandy

Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage for all new and renewed Standard Flood Insurance Policies:
http://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program-2/increased-cost-compliance-coverage

 

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