In our previous blog we told you about four major reasons that people might have their house lifted, even if they don’t live in a place that is susceptible to flooding. Some people want to raise their house in order to dig a basement for additional living space, while others are more interested raising the house and putting a level underneath it, making the first floor the second floor. Other people are interested in raising the garage to accommodate an RV, and raising the house at the same time is the most practical way to do it. Still others just invest in house lifting to get a better view!
But as it turns out, those aren’t the only reasons that people might call us for home elevation. Beyond the most obvious reason (getting a house above base flood elevation), we have three more instances in which we could get a call for home elevation.
Increase A House’s Value
While some people are interested in having a basement dug out so that they can create additional living or storage space, there are some markets where it makes sense to lift the house, create a basement, and significantly increase the house’s selling price. If every other house in the neighborhood has a basement, it could make good financial sense to make the house more marketable. After all, digging a basement could actually double the living space of a single-story home.
Rotating a house might sound strange at first, but there are actually a few reasons why it might be done. In many cases it’s because something new is built by the house — such as a highway or a highrise — and turning a house’s un-windowed side to the new problem might just make sense. It could also help cut down on noise reaching the bedrooms.
Of course, many people won’t go through the considerable cost of rotating a house unless there’s another reason to do so. That brings us to…
Bad Foundation or Extensive Settling
One of the most common reasons to lift a house is because the house was built on a bad foundation. It could be the fault of the original contractors having poured it incorrectly, causing it to crack or crumble. It could also be because of natural occurrences, such as earthquakes or sinkholes. Either way, the house is going to need a new foundation, and that’s going to require lifting it.
If you’ll notice, all of the above tend to put the house back down to the exact same elevation as when it started. That’s certainly not true of the reasons we mentioned in the previous blog, and, of course, never something we do when people are looking to get homes above floodwaters. Still, no matter why you want your house lifted, whether we’re putting it back in the same spot, or, more likely, raising it 10 feet and then building a new foundation under it, you can count on Turn Key Contractor Solutions to do it right. Get a free quote today!