Moving or lifting a home is a significant way to protect your investment. Also, it is a way to save your historic home or raise it above the flood zone. A home is lifted by raising it above its current foundation and constructing a new one underneath. Apart from complying with flood zone regulations, house lifting is an option for homeowners to expand their basement or crawlspace. If you are considering this option, here are some ways to prepare your property for the lift:
Hire a Reputable Contractor
You will the project to be done by a company that specializes in home lifting and foundation repair. Your contractor should be able to take care of other required aspects of the job such as utilities, permits, landscape and others.
Check the Plan for the New Foundation
Your new foundation’s plans must include the following:
- Height of the lift. This refers to the difference between the current first-floor elevation and new proposed first-floor elevation.
- Footers. Determine if you will lay up new footers on top of the existing foundation. Or are you going to remove the footers and foundation and then install new ones?
- Foundation. A number of foundation designs are likely to require contractors to rig their lifting steels in various ways. Confirming your foundation plans will help you avoid making costly mistakes.
Carefully Read the Contract
Make sure your contract with your contractor is written in plain language and h as paragraphs which contain vital information. Be fully informed and satisfied with the process. In case, there is something in the contract that you don’t understand, talk to the contractor, and ask them to walk you through it.
Prepare the Site
Here are some things you should do to prepare your property for the house lifting and moving starts.
- Ensure the crawlspace or basement is clean. Remove everything in this place to the workers can do their job conveniently.
- Remove plumbing and pipes which hang below your floor joists. This ensures there’s no interruption to the workers’ job.
- Remove or demolish porches or decks that won’t be lifted.
- Remove all accessories such as shower, utility platforms and others.
- Remove all shrubbery, bushes and plants ahead of time.
- Move landscaping like flower beds, sidewalks, pavers and rocks.
- Remove fences around your home.
- Mark out your private utilities such as your septic tank, well or underground gas or electric lines.