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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