House raising and companies in New Jersey

House raising (a.k.a house lifting, house Article 1 Photo 1.jpgelevating and house jacking) is the process of lifting a house and building a new, or extending the existing, foundation below it. During the elevation process most houses are separated from their foundations, raised on hydraulic jacks, and held by temporary supports while a new or extended foundation is constructed below. The living area is raised and only the foundation remains exposed to flooding.

This technique works well for houses originally built on basement, crawlspace, and open foundations. When houses are lifted with this technique, the new or extended foundation can consist of either continuous walls or separate piers, posts, columns, or pilings.

After the devastating effects of hurricane Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released new elevation standards for areas that were affected. These were called Base Flood Elevations. They are the computed elevation to which floodwater is anticipated to rise during a base flood and is a regulatory requirement for the elevation or flood proofing of structures.

House companies started popping up all along the east coast. Some were legitimate while others saw it as an economic opportunity and cut corners. As a result of the latter, houses were dropped. (You can read more about that here). Since then, New Jersey passed laws requiring house lifting contractors to meet certain criteria for insurance coverage, equipment, and experience. The law states that house lifting companies must receive a license and registration number from the state to be able to engage in any structural elevations.

W.A. Building Movers & Contractors Inc.

Article 1, photo 2.jpgW.A. Building Movers & Contractors Inc. is not only licensed and registered, but existed well before super storm Sandy hit in 2012. In fact, the company has been lifting and moving houses in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania for over four decades.

  1. A. Building Movers was founded in 1970 by Wayne Yarusi, following five generations of family involvement in the construction industry. In the early 2000s Wayne was joined by his sons Jason and Ryan Yarusi. With their combined effort the company has expanded exponentially with Ryan growing the in-field operations teams and Jason spearheading the sales and marketing side of the business.

    W.A. Building Movers has the necessary coverage, equipment and extensive experience for any house lift. Check out our portfolio for some of our recent and highlighted projects.

    For more on how to choose the best company for house lifting, click here.

Management & Ownership

  • Owner
    • Wayne Yarusi
  • Directors
  • Wayne Yarusi, President
  • Jason Yarusi, Vice President
  • Ryan Yarusi, Vice President

To request a quote for your lift or move, please feel free to contact us via e-mail at or call the office 908-654-8227.

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