Lifting your home adds value, living and storage space, and even aesthetic appeal. And when it’s time to lift your house, you want things to go as smoothly as possible—that’s a given. Single-family house lifts are fairly straightforward, but you want to be prepared, so the lift goes off without a hitch. We’ve compiled a list of 7 tips for lifting a single-family home that gives you an idea of what to expect and how to prepare for the big day.
Secure a General Contractor
To lift your single-family home, you, of course, need to hire a professional house lifting contractor. But you also need to secure the services of a general contractor. Your general contractor will be the one to complete all remodeling, renovation, and home-addition projects once your lift is complete.
After your lifting team raises your home, your general contractor can get to work making repairs and any renovation work that you desire to go along with your lift. A general contractor will execute all of your home’s construction projects and help you create the home you’re dreaming of.
Acquire Necessary Permits
You will almost certainly need a permit to lift your house, even if it’s a single-family home. Local governing bodies issue permits based on the city’s laws and regulations. You can call or visit your local municipality website to determine exactly which permit you need and how you can file it.
If you fail to obtain a permit, you could face serious legal repercussions. It might even stall your entire home’s lift. Your lifting contractor can help answer any questions you have about getting permits for your lift.
Plan for Your New Foundation
It would be best if you made plans for your home’s new foundation with your architect and general contractor. Once you do, discuss those plans with your lifting contractor. Present your new floorplan to your lifting contractor so they can know where to place their equipment and how to execute your lift with the new foundation in mind. They will need to know the details of the new foundation so they can know how and where to place the new footers and if they need to remove the old ones.
Get Your Home Ready for the Lift
A home lift happens gradually and takes days or even weeks. Because contractors raise your home slowly, there’s almost no risk for furniture shifting or picture frames falling off the walls. Homeowners rarely need to secure their belonging inside their homes. But the exterior and sublevels of the home require special attention.
You will need to completely clear your basement or crawlspace of all belongings. Your lifting contractor will need to work in these spaces, and if you can have the areas prepared, the lift will go much smoother.
Additionally, you’ll need to remove all outdoor furniture, décor, and toys from around your home. If you have decking or a porch, those things need to be taken apart and removed so your contractor will have clear access to the base of your home.
Arrange for a Short-Term Relocation
Once your home is in the air, it’s just a matter of time before your contractor raises it to the desired height, and you can enjoy your home again. But in the meantime, you’ll need to arrange for temporary housing while the project takes place.
It’s unsafe to live in your home while it’s being lifted. And after the lift, your general contractor might be completing major renovations (if that’s in your plan.) Finding a rental near your home allows you to remain close to work, school, and friends while your house undergoes the lift.
Plan for Additional Construction Expenses
If you choose a professional house lifting contractor, you have every reason to believe that your home will be lifted to your total satisfaction. But even the most seasoned lifters see minor damage during their projects from time to time. For example, you might see cracks in drywall or tile, or bricks or siding could need replacing on the outside of your home. Your general contractor will take care of all of these repairs and whatever else you might need to be done after your lift.
Hire a House Lifting Contractor with a Proven Record
The most important factor in your house lift is, without a doubt, the lifting contractor you choose. A house lift can give you a more enjoyable living space, prevent flood damage, and increase your home’s value. Choosing an experienced lifting contractor can give you the peace of mind that your home is in excellent hands. The team at DeVooght House Lifters has over 45 years of experience lifting homes just like yours. They bring their knowledge and professionalism to every project for every customer. Contact the DeVooght team today to get started on your single-family house lift.