-Do your research on the contractor.
-Be sure the contractor is a licensed professional with many years of experience in home elevation, specifically. Anyone can purchase the equipment needed, so be sure that the contractor has the right experience.
-To verify that your contractor is licensed with the State, go online to access the elevation contractor list:
or directly onto the State website at www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/ and do a licensee search.
From the drop down menu, select:
• Profession: Home Improvement Contractor
• License Type: Home Elevation Contractor
-If the contractor has a website, look for “before” and “after” photos.
-Make sure the contractor has the specific machines necessary to move your type of house, such as a “unified jacking machine.”
-Make sure Elevation Contractor has Cargo/Riggers Liability Insurance for the contents of your home, as well as at least $1,000,000 in liability insurance.
-The company can be from out of state, but they must have a NJ contractor’s license.
-Get several estimates and check references.
-Have a detailed, written contract in place before starting any work.
-Never pay in cash or put out a lot of money upfront.
-Make sure you get a permit for the work. You may lose your insurance money without proper permits or have a "Stop Work" order put in place.
-The Toms River Building Dept. can help you with any questions regarding the proper steps to raise a structure.