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ida_victor 01-23-2013 04:46 PM

House Level Question
My friend has a house that is 484 sf. It was built in 1946, 3 rooms plus a bath and it need to be level very badly. Could you tell me around how much should be charged to level this house. It is on blocks.

BridgeMan 01-23-2013 05:42 PM

The amount charged should be that which is agreeable to both the owner (something he/she can afford) and the leveler (enough to cover all costs plus show a tidy profit). I remember our home inspector saying a local house leveler in our area was getting $100 an hour for his time (with one helper), and he said he could do most small places (less than 1000 S.F.) in about a week. That works out to $4000, plus incidentals.

Wuzzat? 01-23-2013 06:51 PM

Twenty two feet on a side? This can't be too difficult.
Get enough bids on this job so that some of them cluster around some average price, at least five bids.
A Net search came up with half the cases being between $2 to $4 per sq. ft. and one case coming in at $7, including BridgeMan's.

You also might want to find out if it still may sink by having a civil or structural engineering consultant do soil testing.

JoeD 01-23-2013 08:25 PM

Depends what needs to be done.
Is it just jack a little bit and add some shims on top of the piers. Or does it needs to be lifted right up and a new foundation poured.

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