New Jersey Demolition Process
Thousands of homes in NJ were damaged by Superstorm Sandy. While many of those had little damage, many others were significantly damaged and needed, or still need, to be rebuilt. Of course the first step in this process is the NJ house demolition. Homeowners go about the home demo process differently – some choose to general contract their own projects and hire a house demolition company directly, while some other homeowners choose to hire a builder and have them coordinate and take care of their New Jersey house demolition.
We have provided two Jersey Shore house demolition guides on our site that have proved very helpful for homeowners. The first one is called New Jersey House Demolition Process, which is an outline of the entire demo process, as provided by Ocean County house demolition contractor Lou Santora. The second is called NJ House Demolition Guide and FAQ, which is a bit more comprehensive and includes additional information, such as:
- How to hire a NJ house demolition contractor
- NJ house demolition costs and prices
- New Jersey home demolition quotes and scopes of work
- How long the process takes
- What to expect throughout the process.
Costs to Demolish a House in New Jersey
As a very general rule, the cost to demolish a house in NJ is going to be about $8 – $12 per square foot. There are many variables and you will need to get your own estimate from a top NJ house demolition contractor, but that’s a good rule of thumb. We recommend you consult our house demolition guides (here and here) or contact us for a recommendation in your area.
NJ House Raising Contractors and Services
House Lifting in New Jersey has become a huge topic over the course of the last couple years. Of course house raising was always a pretty big industry, especially in coastal areas around Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May Counties. However, since Superstorm Sandy, thousands of homeowners have raised their houses and thousands more are still just beginning the process.
New Jersey House Raising is probably where the most confusion lies. You may have questions such as:
- What FEMA flood zone am I in?
- Do I need to raise my house?
- How high do I need to raise my house?
- Will I get insurance money or grant money to lift?
- How much does NJ house lifting cost?
- How do I find and hire a reputable house raising company in NJ?
- How long does it take?
- Can I live in my house while it is being raised?
- Do I need to be on piles or can I be on a foundation?
- Can I still have a garage or storage area below my house?
- How much money will I save on flood insurance if I raise?
- What is included in a NJ house lifting quote?
- What’s not included and what do I need to do myself?
- What kinds of permits to I need to raise my home?
- Who takes care of the permits – me or the contractor?
- What licenses does a house raising contractor in NJ need?
- What type of contractor do I hire?
- Can my builder lift my house?
- Will my home value decrease if I don’t raise my house?
- Should I lift my house just because all of my neighbors are?
- Should I lift my home higher than the recommended height, just to be safe?
What Does It Cost to Raise a House in NJ?
If you are looking to raise your house at the Jersey Shore, or anywhere in NJ for that matter, these are some of the questions that you are going to have. If you are not getting any grant money or insurance money, then NJ house lifting cost is one of the primary questions you’ll want to answer.
Before you go out and get New Jersey house raising quotes, you may want to check our house raising guides for more information so you are better prepared to make smart decisions about your home. We aim to provide you with as much information as possible so that when you do talk with a few house raising companies in NJ, you know what they’re talking about and you are better able to decide if house lifting is right for you.
You will find many of the answers you need to get started in our comprehensive New Jersey House Raising Guide and FAQ. Many homeowners start here and contact us to find a suitable contractor in their local areas.
Generally speaking, the cost to raise a house in New Jersey is going to be around $15,000 – $30,000 just for the actual lift and putting it back down on your foundation. However, this is not all inclusive because there’s a lot more than needs to be done, as you can see in our NJ house raising guide. All-in, your complete NJ house lift is going to cost anywhere from $40,000 – $150,000, including all of the general contractor services the come before, during, and after the actual lift.
If you are looking for NJ house raising quotes, contact us and we’ll be happy to make a recommendation for a reliable local contractor in your area.
NJ Modular Home Questions & Answers
Similarly to house lifting, the popularity of modular homes in NJ has skyrocketed in recent years, especially following Superstorm Sandy. For many, modular homes, or prefabricated homes, can be a great way to build a new home because they can often be less expensive to build and can be built in less time than a comparable traditional stick-built home. Of course modular homes have been around for decades. Maybe the picture you have in your mind is of a boxy prefabricated home not to dissimilar from a double-wide trailer. Well, things have certainly changed for the better!
These days, NJ modular homes are nearly infinitely customizable and you’ll be hard-pressed to identify a modular home from a stick-built home. Modular houses in New Jersey have become so popular because people simply want to get back into a home as soon as possible and they don’t necessarily have a ton of time and money to play around with.
What Do NJ Modular Homes Cost?
Instead of waiting around for 6-12 months for a new custom home that will cost $140 per square foot at a minimum, many homeowners are opting to get back into their home in 4-6 months at a price point of $110 per square foot and up. Of course there are many other variables that can go into this, and each situation is different, but these are ballpark prices of modular homes in New Jersey of what to expect. If you’re looking to get a modular home quote from a local New Jersey modular home builder, contact us and we’ll point you in the right direction. We work closely with several NJ modular home builders and are confident we can recommend a reputable builder in your area who will be able to provide the guidance as well as the construction expertise that you demand.
Have Other New Jersey Modular Home Questions?
We still get calls every day from Jersey Shore homeowners looking for modular home quotes or just some information about what they can get at different price points. There is a lot of conflicting information out there and many homeowners don’t know whom to trust. They may go out and talk with a few modular builders but still not feel confident that they have the right answers. It is for that reason that we have compiled several New Jersey Modular Home Guides on our site to provide you with the information you need to make smart decisions for you, your home, and your family.
We hope that you find these guides helpful in making smart decisions when it comes time to building and rebuilding along the Jersey Shore or anywhere in NJ for that matter. Remember, when it comes time to get price estimates from NJ modular home builders, try to make sure the quotes are as detailed as possible so you can compare them apples to apples. And always get more than a couple NJ modular home builder quotes. Sure, it may take a little more time up front, but you’ll very likely save time, money, and frustration during the course of your project, which will make your life and the rebuilding process much easier.
Full Service NJ Contractor Directory
In addition to the three areas that we went into detail about above – house demolition, house raising, and modular homes – we have several additional trades represented on Rebuild NJ. Take a look around and you may find some in your area who can provide you with ideas or quotes on your way to getting started with your next project. If you would like us to provide you with a recommendation or two, fill out our NJ contractor search form and we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction. Some of the other trades that we have on our site are:
- NJ Custom Home Builders
- Lending Institutions
- 203K Funding
- Insurance Companies
- Paving Contractors
- Pool Contractors
- Foundation Contractors
- Commercial Contractors
- Home Remodeling Companies
- Home Design Firms
- Renovations & Additions
- Much More…
NJ RREM Grants and Other Financial Grant Programs
Though the program is rolling out slowly, the NJ RREM Grant Program is the federally funded program that provides money to states to assist with homeowners who need to rebuild and restore in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The program provides eligible homeowners with up to $150,000 in grant money to rebuild or renovate their homes to a pre-storm state. Now, this grant money is not easy to get. The first wave of applications was submitted during the summer of 2013 and they are currently not taking any more homeowner applications right now, although they will at some point.
By best accounts, we have heard that around 3,000 homeowners have been approved for NJ RREM money and there are about 10,000 additional homeowners on the wait list. The state of NJ started releasing the grant money during the summer of 2014. Although there seem to be issues with program administration and the speed at which the funds are released, the program does work.
We work closely with several Jersey Shore General Contractors who have dedicated staff members to guide you through the process from start to finish. We understand this is a daunting undertaking for homeowners, so we do our best to point you in the right direction so you can get started and get back into your home as soon as possible.
New Jersey RREM Contractors and Information
The state of NJ originally appointed 48 RREM Contractors, who were designated by the state to perform the RREM Program work. The state was pushing most homeowners to work with these approved contractors. However, during late summer 2014, the state made an announcement that homeowners could work with any contractor they choose, as long as they are a licensed contractor in the state of New Jersey. This has seemed to move things along a little more swiftly, as homeowners are not tied to working with one of the RREM-approved construction companies, many of whom are based outside of NJ, and are able to choose their own.
Looking For a NJ RREM Contractor or More Information?
If you are looking for more information about the RREM Program, or other grant programs such as the NJ Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) or the NJ Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) grants, we have published a couple guides on our site that may be helpful:
These grant programs are designed to help as many homeowners as possible. We recommend that you check each grant program website to determine whether you are eligible. If you are not eligible, there may be other options for you, such as preferred financing or getting more insurance money. If you have specific questions, we welcome you to contact Rebuild NJ and we’ll be happy to answer your questions to the best of our ability and provide you with a nudge in the right direction.
Rebuild New Jersey Contractor Directory – Local Areas Served
While this is a statewide directory, we tend to focus on the Jersey Shore areas of Monmouth County, Ocean County, Atlantic County, and Cape May County. The majority of the work being done right now includes the Ocean County towns of Pt. Pleasant, Brick, Toms River, Mantoloking, Bay Head, Lavallette, Ortley Beach, Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, Barnegat, Long Beach Island, Manahawkin, Beach Haven West, Bayville, and other local areas throughout the Jersey Shore.