June Queensland Weekender | Ask an Expert with Daniel Klinge

“Commonly a house-raise takes approximately two weeks”

I’m often asked if raising a home is a good idea. Queenslanders have been doing it for years. Lifting homes and building an extension underneath creates more liveable space, allows you to adapt to the changing needs of the environment, such as flooding, and increases the value of your home. Raising your house also enables you to add living space without increasing the footprint of your home on your existing block of land.

It can also allow you the option to slide your home into a position that achieves the perfect aspect. You can choose to retain the existing layout of your home and add additional living space in the new area you’ve created below. Alternatively, you could use the opportunity to do a complete remodel of your home’s layout. While it is good to check pricing, the quality of the work should be the prime consideration when hiring a contractor for your house-raising project.

Make sure your contractor has all the essential expertise in the field and will use the right materials and equipment for safe and proper house-raising.

Depending on the size of the house the price can vary, from a small two-bedroom house ($15,000 to $19,000); a three-bedroom house ($19,000-$25,000) and a large three-bedroom house ($25,000-$35,000). (These prices do not include the cost of plans, disconnection or reconnection of services, stairs or a new concrete slab.) Commonly a house-raise takes approximately two weeks from the time the house is raised till the time it’s put back down on its new stumps.

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