NJ House Raising Contractors in High Demand
Since Superstorm Sandy swept through the Jersey Shore in late October, 2012, NJ house raising contractors have been busy trying to put the pieces back together.
There have always been several dozen NJ house raising contractors, but with the overwhelming number of houses that need to be raised and rebuilt following the storm, even more contractors are adding NJ house raising to their list of services and capabilities.
To determine whether your house must be raised, you first need to consult the FEMA flood zone maps to determine where your house falls geographically. Second, you must assess the damage on your house and receive an estimate from a NJ licensed contractor in order to determine the dollar value of repairs necessary to bring your home back to pre-storm condition. If the cost to repair your home to pre-storm condition is greater than 50% of the value of your home, and if your home lies in a particular zone, usually a V-Zone, you will need to raise your house to the recommend Base Flood Elevation.
As we all know, there is a lot of information out there and it is difficult to first gather it all, and second, to make sense of it all in order to make a decision on what you need to do with your home. Experienced local contractors will be able to guide you through the NJ house raising process because they are the ones on the ground every day helping other homeowners and business owners do the same thing.
Qualified contractors will of course give you an estimate to repair your damaged home. As with any other service procurement process, it is always a good idea to get 3 different estimates if possible. Of course they will all be slightly different, but they will give you an idea of what you can expect, and then you can choose your contractor based on other factors such as professionalism, timeliness, experience, availability, and customer service.
After providing an estimate, a NJ house raising contractor will be able to tell you where you are on the Flood Zone Maps and he or she should even be able to inform you how high you need to raise your house, if at all.
If the determination is made that you need to raise your house, you will need to retain the services of a licensed engineer, who will provide a survey and report on your property, and then will be able to recommend pile driving contractors in the area.
Ideally, a NJ house raising contractor, an engineer, and other contractors will be able to work together to guide you through the house raising process, obtain the necessary permits, and make sure you are doing everything properly to raise your house and stay high and dry.
Be sure to search our site for NJ house raising contractors in order to get a few estimates and start the process.