Frequently Asked Questions About House Lifting

W.A. Building Movers & Contractors has been around for many years and knows that there a some many question when it comes to lifting your home in Staten Island! So here’s some Q & A’s!

How much will it cost to raise my house?

As with any construction project, costs can vary based on the size and scope of the job. Lifting a multi-level home will cost more than a single-story structure and including decks and stairs in the plans will increase costs as well. If you are lifting your house to conform to new base flood elevations, you’ll be paying for an elevation certificate, structural and architectural plans, a plot plan, soil testing and building permits, not to mention costs for the actual construction.
Generally, the cost for the design portion of the project an architect would prepare for the lift is around $3,800, which includes floor plans and elevations for the new foundation. Expect to pay between $40,000-$150,000 for the entire project.

Can I remain in my house while it’s being elevated?

Elevating a house is a tricky maneuver and not something we recommend messing around with. The process involves disconnecting all of your utilities – heat, water, power – and literally lifting the structure off its foundation using hydraulic jacks while the new, higher foundation is built. It would be extremely dangerous for a homeowner to remain in the structure while all of that took place making it necessary to find temporary housing while the work is being done.

Is there any grant money available to help cover the cost of the lift?
If your home or business has been damaged by water you may be eligible for FEMA’s Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage that can pay up to $30,000 of costs for elevating a home.

What permits are required?

As long as you’re building on your home’s original footprint and the lowest floor is elevated at least one foot above the state’s design flood elevation, you do not need any additional permits aside from standard approvals from your local building department.

Why should I hire an architect to lift my house?

We’re glad you asked! An architect will not only bring both technical precision and aesthetics to your home elevation project but can also help navigate the intricacies of the permit process and manage all zoning, setback and municipal issues. In fact, we’ve come up with five great reasons why you should hire an architect to design your job.

What’s the first step?

Do your homework and find out which local architects have the most experience working on home elevations in your area and set up a consultation to discuss the project. Most do not charge for that first meeting.

Can you recommend a general contractor for my house lift?

Since Sandy hit in 2012, we’ve been involved in plenty of house lifts in the Staten Island area and worked with several qualified contractors and home elevation companies whom we’d be happy to recommend for your project.


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Why lift or move a house?

Vice President Jason Yarusi of W.A. Building Movers explains why you should raise your house. Services: house lifting new jersey,  house lifting long island,  flooding services

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Reduce Flood Insurance | W.A. Building Movers

Vice President Jason Yarusi of W.A. Building Movers explains how raising your home will reduce your flood insurance.

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Flooding Service – Protect Your Home From Flooding

Vice President Jason Yarusi of explains how you can protect your home and yourself from flooding.

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W. A. Building Movers : House Lifting and Raising Services

W. A. Building Movers & Contractors Inc. is long established as a full service General Construction company. In past years, we have built residential and commercial structures, including renovations to schools, institutional structures and commercial complexes etc.

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Worried about floods or raising water levels causing damage to your home and foundation?

W.A. Building Movers & Contractors has over 100 years of combined expertise! Our professional contractors have the proper knowledge and experience to raise houses to a proper level and protecting from potential damage. House raising is a complicated task that is often best left to foundation and construction professionals.

There are many benefits to having your home raised. If you are living near areas where high water levels are common each year, then having a raised house can protect you and your family from potential water damage. Additionally, it can also protect your home from heavy storm and rain damage which occur each year.  House raising New York allows you to regain your insurable status by bringing it up to the base flood elevation saving you hundreds of thousands of dollars in reconstruction costs should there be a loss due to flooding.

Hurricanes are happening more and more often. New York has experienced its share of hurricanes recently, including Bill, Irene, and of course, Sandy. There are as many in the first 13 years of the millennium as there were in the previous 24 years. As global warming continues, hurricanes will be getting more frequent and stronger.

Look at Irene and Sandy, two incredibly powerful and destructive hurricanes back to back. Sandy left 90% of Long Island without power and had winds over 90 miles per hour. Once again, these storms are predicted to get even more powerful. Wouldn’t you like to get your home above the flooding with house raising?

If your worried about the cost, you can look into FEMA’S Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs. They provide funds for projects that reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards. These programs enable mitigation measures to be implemented before, during, and after disaster recovery. Local jurisdictions develop projects that reduce property damage from future disasters and submit grant applications to the State. The States submit applications to FEMA based on State criteria and available funding. The HMA programs include:

  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) – The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides grants to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of HMGP is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during recovery from a disaster.
  • Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) – The Flood Mitigation Assistance program provides funds on an annual basis so that measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the NFIP.
  • Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program (PDM) – The Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program provides nationally competitive grants for hazard mitigation plans and projects before a disaster event. States can receive PDM funds regardless of whether or not there has been a disaster declared in that state.

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House Lifting Q&A!

323-1W.A. Building Movers & Contractors Inc. offers services such as house lifting, house moving, foundation leveling, underpinning, and pile installation. We operate in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Considering the regions we serve, since super storm Sandy, our #1 most requested service is house lifting.


We get asked many questions about the House Lifting New York process, so here is a little Q & A! 

What is the first step in this house lifting process?

The first step is choosing an architect, securing your funds, and then selecting your general contractor.  We are available to meet at your home and then provide you with a free, detailed estimate when you are ready

How long does a house lift take?

A Start to finish house lift takes 3-6 months.  It often depends on the size of your scope of work. Are you doing a good deal of additional renovation?  Do you have a slab?There are many challenges we face that effect the schedule of a house life, inspections, scheduling the disconnect and reconnect of utilities, unforeseen conditions and homeowner decision making.

What kind of damage is caused by a house lift?

Most house lifts have minimal damage to their home i.e. tiny cracks in the drywall, door or window adjustments.

Where Do I live During My House Lift?

Homeowners will need to find a different place to stay during their house lift. They can return when we have completed building your egress stairs and the interior of your home is completed and livable.

Do I need to remove all of my belongings from the house?

No.  If your house has a crawlspace—the interior can remain untouched. If your house is on a slab, that area will need to be cleared out completely. We will always go over what can stay and what will go with you prior to the lift.

Will I Save on Flood Insurance By Lifting My Home?

Yes. Flood insurance has already gone up for almost all of Hurricane Sandy flood victims and there is strong evidence that it will continue to go up if you don’t lift.   Homeowners who lift their homes can expect to save quite a bit by lifting their home.

Can I lift my fireplace?

We feel that if your fireplace is important enough to you to lift, then you should lift it. Many architects and other contractors tell homeowners that fireplaces cannot be lifted.   Most fireplaces and chimneys can be lifted, depending on their condition and size.

What are helical piles?  And why are they necessary?

They are a steel screw-in piling and ground anchoring system used for building deep foundations. Screw piles are manufactured using varying sizes of tubular hollow sections for the pile or anchors shaft.

Screw pile foundations are still used extensively, and their usage has extended from lighthouses to rail, telecommunications, roads, and numerous other industries where fast installation is required, or building work takes place close to existing structures.

Most industries use screw pile foundations due to the cost efficiencies and – increasingly – the reduced environmental impact. ‘Screwing’ the foundations in the ground means that there is less soil displacement so excess soil does not need to be transported from the site, saving on transportation costs and reducing the carbon footprint of the project.

The main benefits of screw pile foundations include: shorter project times, ease of installation, ease of access, reduction of the carbon footprint, ease of removal when the foundations are no longer required, reduced risk to the workforce, and reduced costs.

For more information about getting your house raised or any other aspect of construction, please visit our website at or call our office at 908-654-8227.

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