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Question DetailsAsked on 9/24/2017

How much to raise and level a 900 sq foot raised home. Raise it about 2 foot. Located in north louisiana

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Depends a lot on your foundation soil conditions, whether the raised foundation is intended to be water-retaining of flood inside, whether it has to be designed for just high water or for flowing flood waters or sea waves with debris impact, etc - but I would expect, assuming a basically rectangular home, you had better be budgeting around $20,000 - possibly a LOT more given the number of people who are going to be wanting to do this after the two hurricanes.

Check the building department fees too - some are reasonable, some charge as if you are building a whole new home - as much as around $10,000 ! Tht alone can make or break the decision at times.


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Through the process, pay attention to the cost versus what the house will be worth after the job is done - in many or most cases the insurance savings are pretty minimal compared to the elevating cost, and in many cases moving to a new home above flooding level makes more economic sense than raising a house in a floodplain - especially since raising it that small amount is not a lot of flood insurance - does not take a much larger flood or larger hurricane surge event to overtoip a 2 foot elevation of the house.

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