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Sample House Raising Proposal via our Firm’s Consortium Partners

 

Outbound Survey

We will contract a local licensed land surveyor on your behalf to provide an outbound survey of the property. Once the survey information has been collected, we will have a base map of the property prepared. The base map will be prepared at an appropriate scale, in NAD 1983 horizontal datum (or appropriate survey datum) and NADV 1988 vertical datum. The base map will be prepared utilizing AutoCAD software.

The survey will include all relevant information pertaining to property line bearings and lengths, with offsets to any existing structures on the property and any existing structures within five (5) feet of the property line.

Lump Sum Fee-Outbound Survey …………………………………………………………. $500

 

Limited Topographic Survey

We will procure a limited topographic survey of the property. The topographic survey will provide the pertinent elevation data regarding the finished floor elevation of the existing structure and spot elevations on the property. This information is necessary to ensure that the structure is raised to the proper level above flood stage and to provide a basis for the proposed grading of the site after the structure is raised.

Lump Sum Fee-Limited Topographic Survey …………………………………………… $400

 

Soil Sample

We will contract a local driller for you to perform a soil sample at the property. Soils will be sampled and classified to a depth of 20 feet. We will also provide an engineering analysis of the sampled soils and provide recommendations for any needed improvements to the existing foundation system.

 

Lump Sum Fee-Soil Sample ……………………………………………………………….. $550

 

Initial Elevation Certificate

Based on the survey data collected, our engineers will provide an elevation certificate in accordance with the provisions of the National Flood Insurance Program and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations.

 

Lump Sum Fee-Initial Elevation Certificate ……………………………………………. $200

 

Plot & Grading Plans

Based on the survey base map completed in Tasks I & II, our engineers will prepare a plot plan for submission to the local zoning office. The plot plan will show the location of the proposed dwelling on the property, indicating the proposed setbacks to all property lines. The plot plan will also include any new accessory structures – decks, steps, sheds, etc., necessitated by the placement of the structure above grade and their respective offsets from the property lines. The plot plan will also provide a chart summarizing the compliance of the proposed dwelling with regards to setbacks, lot and building coverage, and building height to the requirements of the zoning district in which the property is located.

They will also prepare a grading plan for the property. The grading plan will show proposed elevations on the site after the structure is raised and will indicate proposed drainage flow to ensure that storm runoff properly flows away from the site.

 

Lump Sum Fee-Plot and Grading Plan …………………………………………………… $600

 

Piling Plan

They will then perform a structural analysis of the proposed structure, and develop a pile foundation plan. The plan will indicate the locations, sizes, and types of piles to be utilized to adequately support the raised structure. The pile plan will be prepared in accordance with all applicable building codes and standards for the municipality.

The pile plan will also include structural details of the proposed piles, the connections between the piles and the proposed rim joist, as well as other pertinent structural details.

 

Lump Sum Fee-Piling Plan………………………………………………………………… $1,800

 

Raising Plan

The engineers will complete a structural survey of your existing home and foundation/footing system to determine the suitability of the existing foundation system to handle any increased structural loadings and load paths generated by raising the structure. Based on this information, they will then prepare a raising plan. The plan will indicate the locations, sizes, and types of structural masonry units to be utilized to adequately support the raised structure. The plan will be prepared in accordance with all applicable building codes and standards for the municipality.

The raising plan will also include any necessary structural details of the proposed work, the connections between the existing and proposed masonry units, and any other pertinent structural details. The raising plan will also include any necessary details for the underpinning of the existing foundation.

 

Lump Sum Fee –House Raising Plan……………………………………………. .$1,800

 

Pile Layout

Once the piling plan is approved by the local building department, our engineers will provide an on-site layout of the pile locations. The layout will include the appropriate horizontal and vertical control information to allow for the proper installation of the piles.

 

Lump Sum Fee-Pile Layout ………………………………………………………………….. $600

 

Final Survey

Once all of the proposed improvements to the property are completed, they will prepare a final “as-built” survey. The survey will detail all of the proposed improvements and show compliance with the approved plot plan and the bulk and area standards for the zoning district.

 

Lump Sum Fee-Final Survey ………………………………………………………………… $600

 

Final Elevation Certificate

After construction is completed, we will prepare an updated elevation certificate in accordance with the provisions of the National Flood Insurance Program and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations.

 

Lump Sum Fee-Final Elevation Certificate ……………………………………………… $400

 

Architectural Fees

These fees will be determined upon the structural design configurations of your existing structure or any other elements to design which may be requested. Each project will be estimated after an initial evaluation meeting to discover the actual needs of our clients. The initial meeting is generally a no charge evaluation and discovery discussion between the client and our architects.

 

Pilings

Upon determination of soil test results, you may be required to install pilings for structural integrity of the permanent foundation for your house. There are several types of pilings available and particular to various architectural styles of houses, of which they vary in costs. Wood pilings are often believed to be the least expensive type; however, if your house can not be relocated by skating it to the side or rear of the property in order to drive in the long wood pilings, this becomes an impossibility (if your lot is narrow or small and neighboring homes are too close to provide enough area to move your home completely off it’s existing foundation – slide to the side or rear of your lot – there is no location to temporarily store your house until the long wood pilings are driven into the soil).

In such a case, an alternative type piling is considered. There are helical pilings, which are more costly and may not be financially feasible for the homeowner to use. However, they are installed in sections and do not require the house to be moved from the existing foundation area.

Another deep piling built in sections is another alternative. These deep pilings are structurally sound and often require between 30-50% fewer pilings than helical or wood pilings – though they cost more per unit. Therefore with fewer pilings, there are fewer units and allowance for more usable space beneath your newly raised house. They often do not cost much more than standard pilings and have recently become a preferred choice in structural integrity.

Upon soil test results, we will procure various estimates on the various piling types for your review along with interview discussions with the piling contractors.

 

Foundations

This item has a wide range of possibilities, thus the costs may range anywhere between $18,000 to $35,000, due to the height and type of foundation. In the event you elect to pour a concrete slab within the perimeter of the new foundation, you may drastically increase those numbers.

 

Extenuating Circumstantial Costs

The idea for bringing your property into compliance for FEMA standards (above the BFE) is to do so in the most affordable manner with the least expensive project costs. However, if you have an existing slab house, there will be an additional cost to securing your house before elevating it since there is no flooring structure to prevent the house from “racking” or shifting when it is raised. In addition to this cost and after the house is elevation, it naturally requires a flooring structure to be installed (new joists, beams, etc.) which can run anywhere between $14,000 and $30,000 depending on the square footage of your first floor. Sometimes there are wood rot issues and they also need addressed at this time.

 

House Elevation/Raising Costs

There are a number of house elevation/moving companies recently proclaiming their expertise in this area of FEMA compliance. However be aware there are only a few who actually have the accurate house elevation licensing and proper insurances through the state of New Jersey. Most contractors claiming their legitimacy are, in fact, regular contractors who have done a few or sometimes many house lifts but are not licensed with more than a Home Improvement Contractor License (HIC) or New Home Builder License (NHB) and only have a general liability insurance coverage for general contracting, and they are rarely OSHA certified.

The correct type of house elevation company is licensed as a structural house mover company and carries a costly insurance policy to cover your house’s value in case of unforeseen circumstances of damage during the lift. In addition they must carry a supplemental policy covering neighboring buildings in the event of unforeseen damage to those properties. They must also be OSHA certified.

House elevation costs also vary depending on the size, structural integrity, appurtenances (fireplaces), additions & garages, etc. They run anywhere between $12,000 upwards to $30,000 just for the elevation and cribbing.

 

Other Costs

Municipal Application Fees, Building Permit Fees, Zoning Fees, Inspection Fees, Utility Termination Fees, Demolition Costs, Disposal Fees, Framing, Siding, Insulation, Flooring, Plumbing, Electrical, Interior Finishes, Materials and other job costs are all integral to your home being brought into compliance with FEMA regulations for your NFIP coverage and elevating your home out of future flood waters.

Unlike most contractors, we work with our clients from beginning to end and navigate the often elusive and difficult maze of insurance claims with your home insurance company and the NFIP and FEMA. Part of our initial proceedings for the rebuild of your property is designing an evaluation of claim adjustments to increase your insurance proceeds. Many homeowners’ paid claims neglected to include many of the flood damaged construction costs of their homes – most often due to the harried claims adjusters forced to rush and handle massive amounts of claims during such large areas of destruction from Super Storm Sandy: it was inevitable much of the construction costs would be missed due to their rushed inspections and reports.

We perform detailed inspections, analogies and reports with supplemental evidence and law as basis for increased claim costs, while working in conjunction with your original claim adjuster, your insurance company and while opening a supplemental claim for you with FEMA. We manage this increased adjusted supplemental claim as licensed general contractors and have had tremendous success in providing our clients with substantial increases in their claims paid.

During this same procedure, we coordinate the professional alliances noted above and draft a formal cost presentation analysis plus all plans and permitting required in order for you to qualify for, and to receive, the ICC funding (Increased Cost of Compliance) in a timely manner.

In order to provide these services to our clients, we formulate a “Work Authorization Order” with the homeowners which gives us permission to proceed on behalf of our clients as their legally authorized representative, which is required under FEMA, insurance industry and banking regulations. The fee we charge for these services is a flat $3,000 fee that is fully applied to the end of construction costs in the event we are the general contractors for the construction work. In the event the client has another contractor, this fee is simply a flat fee to do all insurance and FEMA work, to coordinate the other professional services for the property owner.