Costs to Raise a House

Whether it’s to avoid flood damage or add another story below your house, more and more homeowners are raising their houses. The average cost to lift a house is not cheap, and can usually run anywhere from $30,000 to over $100,000, but it’s a project seasoned professionals can accomplish in just a few days. There are plenty of factors that can increase or decrease that cost such as:wamove-clints

  • Size of the House
  • Number of Floors
  • Status of House
  • Status of Foundation
  • Time
  • Permits
  • Labor
  • Liability
  • Landscaping


The larger your home or more it weighs, the more complicated the process becomes. More stories means more weight to raise. More weight requires more laborers and heavier machinery. As such, a two-story home will almost always cost more to raise than a one-story home.

If your home just flooded, chances are, there is some damage to the bottom floor. Whether it be below the house, in your home’s foundation, drywall, etc, lifting a damaged house is more complicated that a sturdy house since you have to be much more careful to not further damage the house. More often the not, there will be required repairs before raising the house.

If the reason you’re lifting your home is a damaged foundation, it may be due to poor soil or ground movement and then you’ll need to secure your new foundation with helical or concrete piers. This cost is also dictated by the size and weight of the structure. Helical piers are cheaper than concrete, and this option is a much more affordable choice than transporting the home to a new location.

Time always affects your remodeling cost. If you have to raise your house sooner rather than later, chances are, your cost will be more. That is because companies will usually charge more in case of emergency. If they have to change their schedule your house jacking cost will go up. Like many home renovation projects you need permits to raise your house. While most permits cost at most $500, permits for raising a house range between $2,500 and $5,000.

You must consider the labor cost if you want to determine an accurate house lifting cost. There is no set labor cost for house raising companies. There’s probably not many house raising companies in your area, so the research should be quite easy. Furthermore, some projects require special attention from architects or structural engineers. While your house raising company has probably been in the business for some time, they’re not certified architects or engineers. As such, you may have to hire an architect.

Every contractor needs liability insurance and that necessity is magnified when it comes to house raising. There is simply no bigger project than lifting your house and doing so without insurance is truly negligent. Every contractor working on your home should have liability insurance, not just their company.

If your house needs work around the foundation, you may have to remove trees and other landscaping items, so this cost needs to be factored in as well as the cost of replanting the trees and/or replacing any landscaping when the lift is completed.

If you are looking to get your house raised in NJ, please contact W.A. Building Movers for a free quote!


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