House Raising in NJ is a New Focus for Contractors
Contractors statewide have been adding house raising in NJ to their list of services since last fall when Superstorm Sandy touched down.
While it is a boon to the rebuilding process to have many more contractors offering house raising in NJ, because there is so much work, homeowners also have to tread carefully because there are too many unqualified and under-insured contractors who claim to be house raising specialists, but in reality do not have much experience in the trade.
What we have been seeing is general contractors, roofing companies, foundation companies, and other contractors follow the dollar, learn a thing or two about raising houses, and advertise for house raising jobs. I am not saying all of them are bad, and of course there is nothing wrong with putting your wood where the fire is. All I am saying is that homeowners have to do their homework.
Before you hire a contractor for house raising in NJ, do your due diligence as you would with any other large purchase. Ask to see the contractor’s liability insurance and workman’s compensation insurance. Ask for the contact information for previous customers that have hired this contractor for house raising in NJ. If the contractor is coy either about insurance or producing a list of references, chances are he or she has something to hide. If you suspect this is the case, just go back to the drawing board and research some other house raising contractors in NJ. There are plenty of them here on Rebuild New Jersey. Do your homework, trust the facts and trust your gut, and, of course, if the ‘deal’ you are getting seems too good to be true, it probably is.
When hiring for house raising in NJ, remember that there are contractors who have been doing it for years and there are contractors who have only been doing it for months. Use the Internet to do your research ahead of time and save yourself potential headaches and money.
If you have experience with any contractors doing house raising in NJ, feel free to share in the comments.