New regulations in New Jersey are requiring any company offering house raising to possess a Home Elevation Contractor registration. Information about the new Home Elevation Contractor requirements can be found on the NJ Consumer Affairs website here.
In a nutshell, it requires any home elevation contractor NJ to meet a very specific set of requirements, or face heavy fines.
They must all have at least 2 years in the field of home improvement. That’s not such a big deal…
More importantly, the person responsible for physically performing the house lift must have at least 5 years in the field of home elevation. This is going to drastically reduce the amount of companies qualified to do this type of work in New Jersey.
The end result of this new law should be more qualified companies performing the work, and less catastrophes occurring due to mistakes and under-qualified companies tackling such a task.
In addition to the requirements we’ve already touched upon, the company performing the work must be insured for a million in liability coverage (general). They must also cover at least $500,000 in home contents, in the event something inside the house gets damaged during the house lifting process.
The final requirement is the lift itself must be performed using a jack that can move the entire house at once. There are exceptions made on a case by case basis, but they must be approved beforehand.