A few years from now, perhaps the most significant change the Jersey Shore will see in the years following Superstorm Sandy will be something most people won’t notice: many of the shore’s homes will be lifted higher than before.
This seemingly minor change – a lift in elevation – will spare countless homes from future floods. Boosting your entire home higher off the ground may seem like an extreme measure to take, but with grants available and the looming threat of future flooding, it’s a choice many are making. Our recommendation would be to contact a reliable NJ house raising contractor.
House Lifting NJ is exactly what it sounds like. It’s when a New Jersey house raising company is hired to lift your home to an elevation higher than it had previously been. Some people raise their house just a foot or so, others go eight feet or more higher than where they had been. As extreme as it may sound, the process is simple, safe, and probably more affordable than you realize.
And now is the perfect time to do it.
Visit the official New Jersey website here. Now that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) new flood elevation maps have been released, property owners are examining just how high their homes should be – both to avoid future disaster as well as to lower their flood insurance premiums. Those FEMA maps are what set the guidelines for how high above flood levels your home should be, and they factor into what you pay for insurance, so they serve as the document that guides the entire process.
The average person may find the FEMA maps incomprehensible. They are loaded with jargon and arcane letter and number codes. Thankfully, NJ house raising companies have experts on hand to interpret what the maps mean. Many have even held free seminars to educate people on the process.
The cost to raise your home will vary depending on the age of your home, your home’s size, how high you plan to lift, the nature of your foundation, and other factors. The cost can be $20,000 and up, but flood insurance will cover some house lifting NJ costs.
Funding comes from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a federal program that underwrites flood insurance all over the U.S. If your community qualifies, FEMA will make federal flood insurance available to local homeowners, business owners, and renters.
The house raising NJ process is relatively straightforward. Crews will go beneath your home and prepare stacks of timber upon which your home will rest while your new foundation is constructed. They will then use pneumatic jacks that are carefully coordinated by computer to get the whole structure moving upward. Each corner of your home will be raised an inch at a time, the whole process carefully monitored to ensure no one portion of the house is being lifted faster than another. This continues until your home reaches the new elevation you have decided upon.
House raising New Jersey doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does have to be done by a reputable company with years of experience in the business. If you are considering raising your Jersey Shore home – and many people are – be sure to research the background of the company you are choosing. Ask to speak to previous clients and to view examples of past work they have done.
And throughout it all, rest assured that you are not alone. Hundreds of homes at the Shore, perhaps thousands, are being lifted this year and next. Will yours be next?