What to Expect If You Need House Lifting

Does your home have foundation problems? If severe enough, house lifting will be needed before you can correct the problem. In this article, we’ll cover the main factors that contribute to its cost. Before you find a foundation repair agency, you must have a clear idea about what’s involved. Having a good-sized budget is more than half the battle. 

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What Goes Into House Lifting

Here are some factors that add up to the overall cost of house lifting services.

Labor Cost 

House lifting is a labor-intensive job. It would help if you had a team of people who will work together on your home lifting project. Depending on the project’s complexity, you should be ready to spend something between $10,000 to $30,000 on it. When you hire the best foundation repair contractors, then they already have staff. They handle the hassle of hiring labor on your behalf. Besides, always hire fully insured staff to avoid liability resulting from unexpected incidents or accidents.

Construction Type 

Another thing that tells you all about the cost of a home lifting project is the kind of construction you plan. Do you want to add a single story? You might need a basement. If you need a quick house foundation lift and nothing more, then certainly the cost will be less. However, when you want to increase the size and number of stories, you will require more money. The complex layout means getting more jacks and reinforcements. 


If you have free construction with no obstacles, then the contractor won’t charge much. However, when you have large tree blocks and some neighboring structures, the construction cost will boost. 


How much elevation do you require for your home? If you need five feet to boost, the cost will be reasonable, but you will notice a 40 percent increase in the rate for lifting a house over 8 feet.

Foundation Type

If you have a crawl space in your home, the contractor will charge reasonably as this place beneath the house is relatively easy to lift. The same is true about the house on a pier and beam foundation. When you don’t have any such structure, be ready to pay extra money.

Foundation Repair 

When your foundation has significant damage issues like rotten wood, water problems or sunken floor, etc., you need to repair it first before house lifting. For this purpose, you need to pay at least $2000 to $7000 to foundation repair experts. 

Plumbing, Electrical & Utilities 

It would be best if you disconnected and then connected all plumbing, electrical, and utility connections. So, you need to consider a kind of cost while thinking of getting foundation lift services.


If you don’t have properly waterproofing your space, then exterior and interior excavation and grading are required. It costs $1000 to $6,000 based on the house size and the depth of excavation. Professional Fees You need to hire Structural engineers and Architects who will also charge a good amount of money.


When you hire foundation repair experts, they usually help you with building permits. But ready to pay cost $500 to $6,000 to lift a house, based on the size of the job.

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