A record number of homes in Highlands are being raised since Superstorm Sandy struck, and with the impending rise in flood insurance rates for residents in flood zones that are not elevated, many more are expected.
After an accident in Highlands whereas a house being raised slide off its foundation and into a neighboring home as well as another incident in Little Egg Harbor where three workers were seriously injured while lifting a house; NJ state legislator Assemblyman John Amodeo proposed a number of regulations that he says will make the process of raising houses safer.
Under Amodeo’s proposal (A4394), any contractor offering services to elevate homes would need to be registered with the state Division of Consumer Affairs as a home elevation contractor. To obtain the registration status, the contractor would need to have at least two years of field experience under the guidance of another experienced home elevation contractor.
The bill also requires contractors performing home elevations to carry a minimum of $1 million in commercial general liability insurance and $500,000 worth of insurance to cover the contents of customers’ homes.