Jacking a House
Q: "How do I jack my house on a limited budget?"
How do I jack my house on a limited budget?
Allen, Haverhill, Massachusetts
Tom Silva replies: Jacking your house on a limited budget is difficult — because
jacking a house is difficult, period. If you don't know what you're doing you can cause huge problems. The limited budget could end up
breaking the bank altogether if you do it wrong. Every house can be
different when it comes to jacking, depending on the type of structure
that it is. You deal with each situation differently. For instance, the method of jacking a house is different depending on what kind of roof
you have — a hip roof or a shag roof or a gable. In the last case it would also be a question of whether you need to jack one of the
soffit-sides of the house or one of the gable-sides. Basically, each of
those situations, and others, indicate different jacking techniques.
It's not an amateur's job, by any means. A house moving
company will come in and jack your house for you — and of course you can get bids from different companies in your area. Then once your house is jacked you can do your own work on it. That would probably be the smartest way to go if you're trying to save money.