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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Home Elevation Essentials

     

    Planet Three Elevation is Texas’ most experienced home elevation company. Home elevation is all we do. Large slab home elevation is our specialty.

    We look forward to a consultation with you to answer all your questions. To enable your planning for recovery from Harvey or other events, and to plan for the future, we offer these FAQs.

     

    How long before we can get started?

    We have a large team and a large fleet of company-owned home elevation equipment. Our process enables us to begin many projects each week and work each one through the construction sequence within about 60 days after permitting. Our permitting team typically needs 7 to 30 days, depending on jurisdiction. Specialty buildings will require a longer engineering period.

     

    How much does home elevation cost? 

    Our costs are mostly linear with slab size. We can provide a detailed estimate for your home elevation.

     

    What are the other costs?

    Utility and plumbing restoration, stairs, steps, landings and decks, and a decorative foundation wall are commonly added. Compare elevation service options.

     

    I’m very busy and I want all-inclusive turn-key elevation.

    We provide turn-key services for most projects. We provide everything needed for a complete elevation. See list.

     

    I have cracks or seams or additions.

    No problem. We expect to find 2-10 of the 100 most common issues and we efficiently solve them all. We’ll bring to your attention anything of particular concern or cost before we start.

     

    Are elevation grants available?

    Two possibilities. If your home receives a “Substantial Damage” designation from your city or county, or you have repetitive flood claims, you will likely qualify for an ICC (Increased Cost of Compliance) grant of about $30,000. This is not a recovery grant, it is a prevention grant. We can help. Other grants are rare. FMA (Flood Mitigation Assistance) grants require city or county sponsorship and must survive a multi-year justification and elimination process.

    How to file for ICC Grants (Increased Cost of Compliance)

    ICC Grant Qualification Checklist

     

    Are loans available?

    Yes. We can refer you to lenders who commonly make elevation loans.

     

    What method do you use?

    We use state-of-the-art unified jacking to elevate the entire slab. DO NOT let anyone punch holes in your slab and DO NOT let anyone separate the walls from the slab. Those outdated methods have a ton of hidden costs and require more time before you can settle in.

     

    What caution would you offer?

    Make sure you have a highly detailed list of deliverables and final costs before you sign or pay anything. Do not be pressured into hasty action. A sound process yields a sound elevation experience.

     

    Do I have to wait on the completed elevation to do repairs/remodel? 

    No. Some jurisdictions will not issue a repair/remodel permit until you are elevated above the floodplain. If you’re allowed, we encourage you to do all things necessary to restore your home life. The elevation process is non-intrusive and no contents need to be removed.

     

    Why do others elevate their homes?

    1. Elevation costs are a fraction of replacing the structure with new construction
    2. Obviously the frustration of future flooding is mitigated
    3. Lower insurance rates
    4. Updated plumbing today and easy plumbing repair (or relocation) in the future
    5. Temporary living costs are reduced since elevation can be quickly completed
    6. No future foundation work. The deep foundation is no longer subject to soil movements.
    7. For lifts over about 9.5 feet, parking, storage and patio space is provided.