Wolfe House & Building Movers at Work

Moving a historic building through the narrow streets of New York City certainly isn’t an easy task. Each job we undertake is unique in its own way and requires our complete attention to every detail, whether it’s a three-story barn, a 300-ton sycamore tree, or a triple-brick mansion built in 1858. Our years of experience and use of modern building moving technologies have served our customers very well. We welcome the opportunity to complete any structural moving project, no matter how large or small.

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House Lifting & Building Raising


There are several scenarios where lifting your home or building can be a viable way to protect it and improve it: prevent flooding, add a story, add head room in a basement, or increase space in a commercial building.

Protect Your Home from Flood Damage

Every year, some areas of the country get more rain than the local rivers, canals, and storm drains can handle. Flooding poses a threat to homes and businesses in these communities.

If your home or business is in one of these areas and has ever been flooded, we can help. Elevating your structure above the documented flood plain* will help protect your building from big storms. In many cases, lifting your building will cut flood insurance premiums drastically.

Whether your structure needs to be raised 8 inches or more than 12 feet, we can handle the project with ease. Our Unified Hydraulic Jacking System is the latest in structural lifting technology. The hydraulic jacking pump synchronizes the pressure to the jacks so that the entire building lifts evenly and steadily. This keeps drywall or plaster cracks to a bare minimum. We support the structure in place while your mason builds the foundation underneath.

*You will need to find out from your municipality where the 100-year flood plain is for your property. Read the flood elevation page to learn more.

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I’m writing to thank you once again for the wonderful job you did raising our home. It was a great experience for us being there to watch the process. You and your crew were very courteous to us every time. The diligence, efficiency and expertise that you and your crew displayed made us feel very confident and at ease through the whole process. As a very satisfied customer, I wouldn’t hesitate to highly recommend you for a job.

Jim Szoke – Walnutport, PA

Lift Your Home and Build a Story Under It

Did you know that you could add a story under a lifted house?

If you need to add a story to your house, you don’t have to waste time and money removing and rebuilding a perfectly good roof, not to mention cleaning or remodeling the story just beneath the roof. We can elevate the existing structure to just above the new desired height (typically between 9 to 12 feet). A new wood floor system is then built on the existing foundation walls and exterior frame walls are set in place. Once all the bearing points are in place, our crew will return to set the house onto the newly-constructed first floor.

Add Head Room to Your Basement or Crawlspace

If your basement has a low ceiling, or it’s just a partial basement or a crawlspace, you’ll either need to raise the house or lower the basement floor.

With the first option, we raise your house to an elevation that gives you the desired head room in your basement area. With option two, we support your house right where it is and excavate below it.

Any combination of these two options is possible, and we would be happy to discuss them with you. In many cases, it is wise for the homeowner to consult an architect for a professional opinion on which option to choose.


Commercial Renovation

When your business needs more space there are several solutions that we can help with. We can lift the roof of your structure up to give you added height. Whether you have a residential-type building or a large warehouse roof, we have the expertise and the equipment to lift the roof just 1 foot or up to 30 feet. If it suits your purposes better, we can raise your building from any point in the wall rather than lifting the entire building or just the roof.

What Is the Next Step?

Yes, there’s a lot that goes into successfully lifting a structure. You might have a lot of questions and probably some concerns about the process. Contact us now to talk about your project »

But we’ve found that the more our customers learn about the details of the process, the more comfortable and confident they are going forward. With that in mind, we’ve written an article titled How to Prepare Your House to Be Lifted or Moved. If this is something you’re considering, the article (below) will help you learn what’s involved, so you can make an informed decision.

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How To Prepare Your House To Be Lifted or Moved

Every structural moving or lifting project requires careful preparation. Here’s what you need to know before you decide to lift or re-locate your home.

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Structures on a Concrete Slab

Although concrete slab floors seem to be immovable, we have lifted and moved many structures along with their concrete floors.

Lifting the slab with the structure. If the building is nice inside and you can’t afford to be out of it for long, we can lift the slab floor right up with the building. Once it’s lifted, there must be at least a 4-foot crawl space built under it and permanent steel beams set underneath it every 5 feet for support.

Leaving the slab in place. The alternative to lifting the slab floor is to lift the house up off of the slab. This requires that the entire lower floor of the house be emptied (lower cabinets, furniture, appliances, bathroom fixtures, etc.) and the steel lifting beams be installed through the frame walls at approximately 3 to 4 feet above the floor.

Once the house is lifted, the foundation walls can be built up and a new wood floor system built. Then the house will be set back down onto the wood floor system. This will require a significant amount of remodeling (drywall, painting, etc.) to be done on the lower 4 feet of the walls.


The aftermath of hurricanes and floods across the United States has left thousands of homes in need of lifting to comply with new federal flood elevation guidelines.

Any enclosure that is built below the raised house is required to have compliant flood vents to relieve the hydrostatic pressure off of the foundation walls in the event of a flood. Proper flood vents along with the correct building techniques will help guarantee you the lowest possible NFIP Flood Insurance Premium.

SmartVent-authorized contractors use FEMA-Accepted & ICC-ES Certified flood protection products. SMART VENT Foundation Flood Vents will keep your newly lifted home safe, secure, and sustainable.

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