12 Steps of House Lifting

1. Find out your BFE (Base Flood Elevation) http://www.region2coastal.com/sandy/table
This will tell you if you’re an AE or V zone and what height you need to start with.

2. Do Soil Boring – this is important to see if you can keep your current foundation or footing or need new. i.e. sandy soil vs. clay

3. Hire an architectural engineer to draw the plans up for masonry or pilings

4. Get permits: Building, Demo

5. Remove steps/stairs/porches

6. Schedule Disconnects: Water, Sewer, Electric, Gas, Cable etc.

7. Actual Lift takes place

8. Install masonry or pilings

9. Back fill and Grade property so any new water runs away from foundation

10.  Lower house on new foundation

11. Reconnect all utilities

12. Put up new stairs/decks/porches


    • Step 13, buy lots of wine, you will need it Step 14, repeat over and over “the gas co is not your friend” Step 15, be prepared to take off work/work from home A LOT, contractors are worse than children, need lots of babysitting Step 16, see Step 13 and repeat, often 🙂

      And don’t forget you will need to find a place to live for at least 4-6 weeks as you can’t live in you newly disconnected from everything house in the air.


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