NJ House Raising Trends

Anywhere you look in the State of New Jersey these days, people are doing what they can to better prepare for the wrath of Mother Nature. That’s no surprise, given the one two punch of Hurricane Irene (2011) and Hurricane Sandy (2012). From dune reconstruction on the shore to people looking for house lifting in New Jersey, tens of thousands of residents are working hard to put themselves in a better position to weather major storms of the future.

One of the key safeguards people are exploring is jacking their house up so that it sits higher on their property. What once would have seemed like an extreme measure has quickly become commonplace. Perhaps that’s because people are learning that house lifting NJ is not the kind of imposing, prohibitively expensive project it was once thought to be. Firms that specialize in this sort of work have been kept very busy over the last year. While most of this work has focused on the oceanfront for obvious reasons, even those on inland waterways or in neighborhoods that have flooded are exploring their options.

For example, there are many neighborhoods that are near coastal waterways but that do not have a large number of waterfront homes, if any. Still, the scope of Hurricane Sandy raised water levels to such a degree that even these neighborhoods found themselves flooded with water levels far higher than they have ever seen. Homes that were five, ten or more blocks from a waterway still saw flooding. This has prompted insurance hikes, which in turn has prompted homeowners to explore their options when it comes to NJ house raising.

For homes directly on the water, house lifting has become almost commonplace in the last year. Property owners want not only to lower their riding flood insurance premiums, but also to ensure their homes are elevated to a point where it would take a storm worse than Sandy to flood them again.

For coastal communities, especially those on the ocean, homes are being raised on a regular basis. Whether the tiny bungalows that dot the Jersey Shore or the (few remaining) oceanfront mansions of towns like Mantoloking, you’re increasingly seeing homes boosted further into the air with the help of contractors who specialize in house lifting. It’s a tremendous undertaking for large, older homes at the Shore, but if the alternative is to get knocked over by tidal surges most are choosing to lift.

The same is taking place as people rebuild. Rather than rebuild exactly as they were before, people are building higher, preparing themselves for a future when more storms like Irene and Sandy are almost certain to hit. The higher the home, the better their chances to weather future storms.

It’s likely that house raising contractors will remain busy for at least the next several years. Funding is available for property owners, and as long as that funding it out there in the form of grants and insurance, people will see now as the time to prepare for the future.

That, of course, will only last until the memory of Hurricane Sandy is no longer fresh.