House Raising FAQ

House Raising FAQ

Do I qualify for ICC grant money?

  1. You must have a letter of substantial damage.
  2. Your home must have flooded and had damage costing more than 50% of the home's value.
  3. You must have had flood insurance at the time of the storm.

What is the first step?
The first step in pricing is to know what FEMA flood zone you are in and if your town has adopted that or not.  Some towns are adding an additional height to the FEMA recommended height. Check with your local town construction office to find out what zone you is in and what type of foundation is required.

What does it cost to raise a house?
House raising is not a simple thing to do.  The cost is determined by several factors including your existing structure construction and condition, how high and what type of foundation it will be placed on.  Decks, porches, garages and stairs are also factored in.  Please call Axis Builders for a written estimate for your home.

How long does it take to raise a house?
House raising generally takes from one week to up to several depending on the foundation types.  We can give an estimate on time frame once we have had the chance to see your home.

Will the house be damaged by house raising?
In most cases nothing will be damaged at all.  Some instances there may be a few drywall cracks or tile, but it is rare.

Can a house on a slab be raised?
The answer is yes, but it is more costly than a house on an existing foundation.

How do you raise a house on to pilings if there is no room to move the house out of the way to drive them in?
In some instances helical piles will be needed in lieu of conventional wood pilings.  Helicals are metal pilings like a corkscrew which are spun into the ground.  Small sections are added as needed to get to the proper depth.  A new piece is simply attached to the top of the last piece as they are driven in.  This can be done under the house with the house temporarily raised.

Can I live in the house when it is being lifted?
No.  It is not advisable to be in your home during this process.

Does Axis Builders provide a turnkey solution to your house raising or just the lift?
Axis Builders will provide all engineering and architectural drawings needed and submit to town for permit approvals.  We take the project from start to finish.  Complete.  Not just the lifting like some companies. 

Will I receive a written estimate for my house raising?
Absolutely.  Call us today for a free estimate.  609-489-6305