Hiring the Best Ocean County House Raising Contractor
If you’re searching for a reliable, local house lifting contractor on the Jersey Shore, you have come to the right place. It’s no secret that after Superstorm Sandy hit our shores in October 2012, thousands of homeowners along the Jersey Shore have been looking for answers to their questions about raising and rebuilding their homes. A TruBuilders, Inc can help.
We understand the FEMA flood elevations can be confusing and you may not be sure whether you need to lift or elevate your house from its current elevation. If you are still not sure what Base Flood Elevation (BFE) is, you can look it up simply at the FEMA Coastal Analysis and Mapping Site. In addition to being in compliance with FEMA, you probably want to raise your beach house so you are in compliance with your insurance company guidelines and you can keep your insurance premiums at reasonable levels.
Why Would You Want to Raise Your Jersey Shore House?
Another reason you would want to raise your house, even if you did not suffer any water or storm damage, is resale value. You may not have immediate plans to sell your home, but if you want to sell it five or ten years down the road, your home will not be as valuable as other homes on your street that are above the Advisory Base Flood Elevations. Sure, it’s a lot to think about and can potentially mean a considerable investment in time and money, but you have to weigh whether it’s worth it for you and your family in the long run.
Of course you may want to look for a house raising contractor in Ocean County due to practical reasons. We all know that, while it’s nice to be able to walk the boardwalk and look right down to the water, the absence of dunes means that the Jersey Shore is vulnerable to the next big storm that comes our way. The US Army Corps of Engineers is doing a great job replenishing our beaches (much to the chagrin of surfers), but we are still not protected well enough should we have another hurricane, Nor’easter, or weather event that causes a lot of flooding.
What Does It Cost to Raise a House in Ocean County?
Most people who call us or come to our website have this cost question. To answer the question of how much it costs to lift your house, a reputable contractor will take into account several variables, such as your particular location, the age of your house, your current foundation, the grade of your property, the type of sand or soil your house is sitting on, and of course how high you want to elevate.
Depending on the size of the house and the variables noted above, the cost to lift a house on the Jersey Shore will likely be in the range of $60,000 to $150,000. At the lower end of this range would be a small 500 square foot beach cottage, while at the high range would be a larger three story house on the water, whether it’s on the beach or one of the lagoons or canals.
Steps to House Raising in Ocean County New Jersey
The extremely important information that most homeowners don’t realize is that there is much more that goes into a Jersey Shore house lift than the actual house jacking. There are several addition jobs and trades that are involved in every house raising, including:
- Removing existing decks, porches, walkways, steps, and staircases
- Removing pavers and other hardscape and storing them carefully for later reuse
- Temporarily removing any landscaping
- Engineering, architectural drawings, soil samples, and site surveys
- Foundational work – either concrete foundations, pilings, or helical piles
- Shutting off your utilities, including sending official shutoff request to the town
- Disconnecting utilities – electricity, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, ventilation
- Lifting or raising the house
- Building a new foundation
- Constructing a new lower level
- Installing hurricane straps and bracing where necessary
- Painting, siding, and coating
- Reinstalling or rebuilding decks, porches, and stairs
- Reinstalling landscaping and hardscape
- Reconnecting all utilities and raising your HVAC equipment off the ground
As you can see, there is a lot that goes into what you would think is a simple up and down. If you have heard that you can raise your house for $12,000 to $30,000, you are absolutely correct. This is what a house raising company in Monmouth County would charge. But when you hire a Jersey Shore general contractor or individual trade contractors to do everything that is outlined above, it pushes the price up into the $60,000 to $150,000 range.
Why We Are a Jersey Shore House Lifting Leader
Most Ocean County house lifting contractors are hesitant to publish any house raising costs on their website because they don’t want to scare anyone away. Here at A TruBuilders, Inc., we have a different philosophy. We believe that it’s our responsibility to educate homeowners on the relevant information you need to make an informed, educated decision about your home and property. There’s no sense in telling you your house lift will only be $15,000 and then finding out down the road it’s going to be more like $80,000.
We understand that this is a process that you most likely have never gone through before, and you hopefully won’t have to do it again. We also know that we help homeowners with answers and solutions every single week. So we’re more than happy to give you as much information about house raising as you need to make the right decisions about renovating, rebuilding, or raising your house.
NJ RREM Program Grants and ICC Grants
The good news is that you may be eligible for a grant to help you with the cost of raising your house. There is a good chance that you will be eligible for FEMA’s Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage (ICC) if your home or business has been damaged by water. The ICC helps flood insurance policy holders in high-risk areas with up to $30,000 to help pay for the costs of raising their house in New Jersey or otherwise bringing their house or business into compliance with their town’s floodplain ordinances. You can read more about the ICC on FEMA’s website.
The second type of grant that has been very popular is the Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Elevation, and Mitigation (RREM) program, which is a state program, funded by the federal government. This program provides homeowners with up to $150,000 in order to do the necessary work on their homes to make them habitable and to comply with local floodplain requirements.
Experience Our Ocean County House Raising Services
A TruBuilders, Inc is one of the leading Ocean County residential contractors offering full turn-key house raising on the Jersey Shore. Our team has the staff, subcontractors and experience required to raise your home and bring it into compliance.
We provide this information on our website to educate homeowners so you can make informed decisions. There have been too many cases of non-performing fraudulent contractors who have taken advantage of New Jersey homeowners. A Trubuilders, Inc. has taken over many projects due to contractors going out of business, contractors being arrested for theft by deception, and Sandy victims that opted out of the Pathway C RREM Program and changed to Pathway B.
We are your reliable local general contractor and house raising solution that you can depend on to lift your house the right way and follow through until your project is completed and you are 100% delighted.
We look forward to answering any questions you may have and helping you get back into your beach house or permanent residence as soon as possible. We can also assist you in obtaining any grant money that you may be eligible for in order to make your rebuilding project as easy on your budget as possible. Contact us for more information about our NJ House Raising Services.