Raising a home is a very common way for homeowners whose residence is located in a flood prone area to protect from flooding or to avoid incurring flood damage again in the future.
Flood elevation requirements are changing as a result of storms, such as hurricane Irene, tropical storm Lee, and most recently, Superstorm Sandy, that inflicted severe wind and water damage to many structures along the Northeastern US coast and farther inland. Storms with similar force and scope are expected to become more widespread in the future, so elevating your home in preparation for possible flooding is a wise decision you’ll be glad you planned for ahead of time.
As a homeowner, you recognize that it’s wise to be aware of what to expect before, during, and after your home is lifted. Raising your home to meet flood elevation requirements is a large undertaking and requires proper planning and expert insight. In fact, our own project manager Jamin Buckingham was asked to offer his expertise as a reviewer for FEMA’s Engineering Principles and Practices—a guide for retrofitting flood-prone residential structures. Our insight and knowledge will guide you along every step of the process. The government also has publications and online tools that you might find helpful.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published guidelines for elevating your house that will help you understand the benefits of home elevation, including considerations for deciding how high to elevate your home, explanations of various structural lifting methods, and many diagrams that describe the process. If you are considering lifting your home, it is definitely worth your time to read this important information.
Another useful tool is the National Flood Insurance Program’s online flood damage estimator. This tool will help you gauge what it will cost to recover from future flood damage to your home, and how that cost compares to the cost of raising your home. Raising your home above the flood elevation and eliminating the possibility of future flood damage typically makes the most sense for homeowners who are comparing the costs.
Next, we would like to walk you through a few questions that address the Before, During, and After of lifting your home.
Factors That Affect the Lifting Cost
Do I Need an Elevation Certificate?
How Am I Going to Pay For This?
The National Flood Insurance Program, established in 1968, underwrites most flood insurance agencies. Communities must adopt and enforce floodplain regulations and ordinances in order to participate in the NFIP. In exchange, FEMA makes flood insurance available to residents within these communities. If you have insurance, your insurer might cover the cost, either completely or partially, for your house to be lifted. Check with your local borough or township office to see if they have applied for funding on residents’ behalf. It is best to call your local township office to find out if you qualify for assistance or if the township has funds available to you.
What Else Should I Plan For?
Wolfe House & Building Movers specializes in the lifting and moving of your building only. You will need to contact a general contractor to coordinate and complete all other aspects of your project, such as masonry, carpentry, and utility work. Engineered foundation drawings and building permits will most likely be required as well. A certified contractor will be able to assist you with obtaining those documents.
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