For over 70 years, Expert House Movers has provided professional structural elevation and house lifting services, building a strong reputation as a leader in house lifting to mitigate the risk of flood damage for homes in Virginia.
For hundreds of property owners along Virginia’s coastlines, elevation may be the key to preventing flood damage.
There are several elevation techniques available that involve lifting the house and building a new foundation, extending the existing foundation, or leaving the house in place and either building an elevated floor inside or adding a new upper story.
During the home elevation process, houses are separated from their foundations, raised on hydraulic jacks, and suspended by temporary supports while a new or extended foundation is constructed underneath.
During the elevation process, most frames, masonry veneers, and masonry houses are separated from their foundations, raised on hydraulic jacks, and held by temporary supports while a new or extended foundation is constructed below. The living area is raised and only the foundation remains exposed to flooding. This technique works well for houses originally built on a basement, crawlspace, and open foundations. When houses are lifted with this technique, the new or extended foundation can consist of either continuous walls or separate piers, posts, columns, or pilings.
There are many reasons to elevate a home, the most prevalent of which is to reduce the risk of flooding and flood insurance policy rates. It also helps to maintain the community as it preserves property tax revenues which support schools and government operations, infrastructure, and public safety.
Elevating rather than destroying historic buildings helps to preserve the history and educational elements of the city.
And finally, elevating a home or historical building is far more environmentally friendly than tearing it down. Every 1,000 sq ft of wood framing uses approximately 250 trees and every $1 invested in elevation saves $7 in recovery expenditures.
Raising a home is an extreme form of repair in which the house is lifted, the old foundation is removed, and a new foundation is built. The typical cost range for raising a foundation is between $2,983 and $9,110 – just to raise the home. The removal of the existing foundation and replacement with a new one brings the cost of the entire process up to between $25,000 and $100,000. The wide range is due to a myriad of factors that affect the final cost. Some of those factors include:
Other factors: plumbing and electrical, excavation, permits, insurance, architect and/or structural engineer.
Your insurance premium is based on several different factors but there are a few actions you can take to pay less for flood insurance:
The amount you pay for flood insurance is based upon how much flood risk is associated with your property. Mitigating your flood risk not only helps to lower your insurance costs but it also protects your property against flood damage. You can do this by:
Another way to lower your insurance premium is to pay a higher deductible meaning you will have to cover more of the cost to rebuild out of pocket.