The state of New Jersey has been affected by many powerful storms recently, and we've seen the damage caused to homes beneath the local water table. Fortunately, Hale Built Group is a reliable home elevation and moving service provider.
Our team of expert contractors works with you every step of the way to ensure that your house elevating needs are met quickly and professionally. In addition, we designed our home lifting process to be minimally disruptive to you and your family, so you can get back to living worry-free in the home you love. So if you're ready to take your home to the next level, wherever it may be, we've got the affordable and reliable services to get you there!
Call or schedule a consultation today and start lifting your home with Hale Built Group.
Home elevation physically raises a home or structure to reduce its vulnerability in a flood zone, fortify it against strong winds, or move for scenic or economic value. The process involves jacking up the entire structure and supporting or moving it while a new foundation is built underneath.
Usually, home elevation is widespread in high-risk areas that suffer from extreme weather events such as flooding and severe storms. That's why as dedicated professionals in New Jersey, we understand the importance of quality work that can protect our customers from such conditions.
Not to be confused with the process of relocating one's possessions to another home, the home moving process involves physically lifting and moving an entire home's structure from its current existing foundation to another. We do these projects to protect one's home by relocating to a safer plot of land on the local flood table, though proprietors also undergo this process to achieve a scenic view. Home moving also usually involves establishing an entirely new building or house foundation and ensuring that the structural integrity of your home is retained during the process.
Home elevation can be a great way to protect your property against flooding and storm damage while also providing the convenience of increased living space. Homeowners who choose to elevate their homes can also get increased air circulation beneath the structure, allowing for better ventilation and helping to reduce energy costs.
For beach-adjacent properties, elevating your home prevents soil erosion caused by water or wind. A home elevation is also an excellent option for homeowners looking for an economical way to increase their home's livability with additional storage, apartment rental opportunities, or parking.
With the proper planning and intelligent design choices, it's possible to reap all these benefits without sacrificing your home's original appearance or character!
As professional contractors that understand the importance of working closely with clients, we wanted to preemptively lay out the process of moving home from start to finish.
The process starts with a structural engineer visiting your home for an inspection. These inspections are essential for evaluating any structural damages before lift or relocation. Once all necessary structural repairs are made, the planning process begins. This process includes planning the routes and distance from the original location; the structure's square footage; and collecting all necessary paperwork, permits, and licenses.
Next comes choosing the proper foundation type to place the building and prepping the home itself of items that might fall off during lifting and relocation. It's also necessary to contact local utility companies to make arrangements regarding plumbing, electrical, and gas lines. And finally, Hale Built Group does a final walk-through before moving day.
On moving day, your house is securely lifted off its original foundation, placed on a specialized trailer – ensuring secure transport – moved to its new designated area, and lowered back onto its new foundation.
For homeowners living in a flood-prone area, the choice to relocate their house or leave it themselves may become an inescapable reality. Moving your foundation to higher ground can be an effective solution to putting some distance between your home and rising flood waters. In some cases, foundation repair is done before any relocation and can help strengthen your structure in case of unexpected flooding.
Before relocating, homeowners should consider all potential costs associated with foundation repair and the other significant costs of moving their home. An experienced contractor can offer helpful advice about the most appropriate steps to take and provide information about available options for keeping foundation repairs or moving costs down. They also help ensure the project fits within your budget, so uprooting from one place to another becomes much more palatable.
Relocation is a massive project, but one with many potential rewards. Whether you want to move to a more excellent neighborhood, increase your scenic view, or add value to your home by changing the plot of land it sits on; there are always excellent reasons why you might decide to lift and relocate your house.
One significant benefit is getting a new home site with a desired layout or location only available or affordable with relocating. Additionally, you may be upgrading from one rural setting to another - something no building addition can replicate.
Relocation also allows for opportunities such as strategic landscaping techniques– building retaining walls around the home to ensure stability, constructing a driveway or access road– that could add even more value over time.
As with any significant undertaking, it's essential to consult an experienced contractor before deciding whether lifting and relocating your home is the correct route for you!
Homeowners with existing dwellings may find that the stability and longevity of their homes are enhanced by lifting and relocating them while they build a new foundation. Creating a new foundation is a cost-effective solution when a foundation has sustained significant damage or when a proprietor desires more space or modern features.
For homeowners who would like to limit replacement costs, removing the original dwelling from its current location and placing it back on its new foundation provides a cleaner start for redesign purposes. Relocation is also desirable when adding extra space for family needs, such as adding a larger, more livable foundation space or if weather elements have worn down the existing foundation.
Whatever your reason for relocating your existing home, through key considerations from an experienced professional contractor, you can ensure that your home has upgraded security and structural stability for years of enjoyment.
You may want to raise a home to add a new foundation, such as a pier and beam foundation system. As the name suggests, this support system, made up of load-bearing beams and piers, is designed to provide extra support for your home with minimal disturbance to the existing plot of land.
Pier and beam foundations are an excellent option for homeowners in flood-prone areas who want to reduce their risk of flooding damage by elevating the home above ground level. This system is beneficial in areas with high water tables like New Jersey, which can create additional problems for homes that sit on a slab or crawl space.
Another significant benefit of pier and beam foundations is their flexibility. Unlike conventional concrete slab foundations built directly on level ground, pier and beam systems are installed on uneven surfaces or in areas with high water tables. Additionally, because the beams and piers are adjustable, we build to accommodate any changes in the level of your land over time.
Providing a total cost average for a house lifting project can be challenging, as the house lifting cost is affected by many factors. Some of these include the size, layout, and condition of the house; access to the property; environmental factors like soil quality and water table level; as well as project-specific considerations like whether or not there is a need for newer or stronger construction materials.
Depending on the size and complexity of your project, the average cost to raise a house can vary significantly, ranging from several thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars or more. Costs can vary with job scopes and foundation materials, but there are usually labor costs, foundation building or repair costs, and lift fees.
Depending on the house size and foundation chosen, foundation costs alone can average between $600-$2,000 per square foot installation. Concrete slabs may be cheaper than some other foundation costs, such as basements. Beyond that, lift fees will depend on how far a home has to travel; if it needs to cross state lines, this cost could be more than just internal movements.
In general, considering various factors relating to raising and moving a house, people should expect to spend $20-$50 thousand or higher for a successful move.
Building a new elevated home requires careful planning and preparation. First, we recommend you commit to a realistic budget to ensure the best elevation for your home and pocketbook. Then, assemble an experienced team of contractors and engineers to help make sure your project goes off without a hitch.
Analyze different foundation strategies; there is more than one option, such as wood piling or steel pile foundations. Remember to include central air, electric lines, phone lines, waterline connections, and other utilities in the project plan to ensure vital necessities are taken care of before your elevation is complete.
You should take the time to understand how frequent flooding conditions in the area could necessitate diversified flood insurance policies and explore ways to construct an original structure with extraneous flooding in mind. And lastly, we recommend utilizing any resources available from proven successful moves in your area so that you can learn from their experiences and avoid potential pitfalls.
In summary, if you want to elevate your home, prepare for the project by researching different foundation options, assembling a qualified team of contractors and engineers, and planning for any potential obstacles or issues with flood insurance or connection to other utilities.
Home elevation projects make for a transformative but potentially complicated undertaking, so it's a good idea to find an experienced contractor that can help make the process run smoothly. Ultimately, the goal is to select someone with the expertise and resources for your project.
Fortunately, as an experienced contractor who can help you assess the job's scope, duration, and cost, we help with any required permits or local regulations by the client or us.
Contact us today to learn more about foundation strategies, budgeting, planning, and other aspects of building an elevated home. Our team of contractors and engineers has extensive experience in elevated home construction. So if you are preparing to build an elevated home and need help or advice, we aim to be a resource for those considering a lift, just starting, or part way through the process. We even offer start-to-end consultations on your project and will work with you to understand your goals and budget and address any concerns or questions.
So if you are ready to get started on your elevated home, don't hesitate to reach out - get in touch and get started today!