House lifting can be a scary phrase - especially when it comes to imagining the cost of doing the lifting. Any foundational repair has a range of costs - but usually, the benefits far outweigh the costs of the repair. Foundations are an essential part of a home’s integrity, and without it, you lose some peace of mind. A secure foundation can be what keeps a home standing during a natural disaster, so it is imperative to make sure that foundations are in good standing at all times. Flooding can weaken a foundation immensely, so being sure that a foundation is above the flood lines is something that every homeowner should consider. In this blog, we will outline the benefits of house lifting in Houston, and exactly what the costs are.
Benefits or Home Elevation
There are a lot of reasons to lift a house, and with that, there are a lot of benefits! One of the biggest benefits is that raising your house allows you to avoid repeated costs. Floods can happen once a year, or even more. Every time a flood comes through, it changes the stability of your foundation, and can even impact the way your home looks, from the flooring to the walls. This repeated damage can wreak havoc not only on your bank account, but it isn’t convenient to have to repeatedly make fixes and potentially not be able to stay in your home. Another benefit is that house lifting preserves neighborhoods and local communities by keeping the homes in the neighborhood safe, secure, and looking as wonderful as possible. As mentioned a little bit ago, house lifting can prevent family displacement. Foundation repairs often involve needing the family to not be in the home, which can rack up a lot of hotel and food costs while the foundation is repaired after a flood. If this happens every year, that is a lot of money spent on recurring costs instead of a one-time house lifting cost. Additionally, house lifting can actually do its part to save the environment! Repeated repairs can generate a lot of waste, and it is possible to eliminate that by doing a house lift one-time, generating only one amount of waste instead of repeated wastes. In the end, you are also protecting the value of your home by having a house lifted - it preserves the integrity of your foundation, and allows you to have a little extra money going into your home, which could raise the value of your home if you ever sell it.
Costs of Home Elevation
Of course, there are costs to doing a house lift. The costs vary depending on a lot of factors, much like any foundational repair has a range of potential costs. One of the factors is how big your house is. The bigger the house, the bigger the cost will be when lifting it. The amount that it needs to be lifted will also determine how much you will be spending on raising the home. With this, there can also come extra costs depending on what you decide to do with the lifted space. If you have to raise your house enough to create another story, then there are the costs of sealing off the lower level or deciding how best to utilize that space. The type of lift can have an impact, as well. Some foundations can be raised with a turnkey lift, and others need to be raised with a single-stage lift.
There is a wide range of costs when it comes to estimating how much you will have to spend, but it is important to get an estimate and speak with a contractor about what your costs may look like.
In the end, the benefits far outweigh the costs. Floods are something that has happened and will continue to happen in the Houston area, and repeated foundation repairs can, in the long run, cost just as much - repeatedly - as doing a house lifting once to prevent flood damages from having an impact on a foundation. Allied provides house lifting services, as well as free estimates, so reach out today to determine if house lifting is right for you, and how much it could cost you.