There’s a reason that we offer a free quote for house lifting instead of putting prices on the site: the variables are just too great to post rates and say “these are our prices.” After all, you wouldn’t go to a designer and just say “build me a house.” They’re going to need much more information!
There are many factors that come into play when it comes to the price of house lifting, just as there are when building or remodeling house. Let’s take a look at some of the aspects that affect the cost.
Materials of a Home
Most houses today are built with wood and drywall, which makes them a pretty easy move. But brick homes present different problems, as do older homes that tend to have heavier plaster and thicker wood.
Size of the House
One of the first questions you’ll be asked is “how many square feet are in the house?” A smaller home will require fewer workers on the job, while a larger home will require not only more workers but also more equipment. The larger a home, the more safety equipment will be needed, as well as a bit more planning. Of course, the weight of the home will also be determined by…
The Number of Stories
You probably won’t be surprised to know that the number of stories will affect the cost of house elevation. A two-story house weighs considerably more, which means heavier machinery.
If you’re lifting your house in order to avoid floodwaters, there’s a good chance that parts of your foundation has remained structurally-sound. In that case we may still use parts of it to build the new and higher foundation on. If, however, your foundation is crumbling due to improper pouring or the earth sinking underneath, you might need a completely new foundation. That will most certainly raise the price of home elevation.
Structural Integrity of the Home
Homes that have some problem with their basic structure, whether it’s because of a flood or because it’s experienced some other trauma, will most likely have to be made stable before they can be lifted. It might sound counterintuitive to fix it and then lift it, but it’s important to make sure that moving it won’t lead to even worse damage.
The good thing is that Turn Key Contractor Solutions handles more than just house lifting. We’re also interior and exterior renovators, so we can take care of your repairs before we lift it.
Here’s something that we can’t do anything about, but it’s still going to affect the price of a house raising. City permits are always going to be required to lift a house, and they tend to cost considerably more than your basic remodeling permit. We can help you with these, and we can also help you get government grant funding if it’s a possibility in your area.
Additional costs for rush jobs are a fact of life in every industry, whether you’re lifting a house or getting dry cleaning performed. If you put off that home elevation all winter and have just realized that hurricane season officially started on June 1, it’s going to cost you more for a house raising company to change their plans and accommodate your rush job.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to know if it’s going to be a bad hurricane season or a mild one. Getting your house elevation taken care of sooner rather than later is always a good idea.
Special Home Additions
Some home additions will have to be removed before the house can be raised, such as wooden stairs leading up the front porch. Since it’s unlikely they can be reused, you’ll need new steps and might require other additions. After all, raising a house is a great time to put in a new deck!
Landscaping is another aspect of house lifting that can cause additional costs. While removing a bush might not be a big a big deal, moving a beloved tree will add to the cost considerably.
Not every house raising is the same, and that’s why it’s important to get a quote so that you can start planning. Turn Key Contractor Solutions can help you every step of the way, so be sure to give us a call.