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Lifting my house vs. moving exterior walls

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Posted by: from Chelmsford
5/9/2012 at 9:12:49 PM

I have an 1100 sq. ft. side split built in the 70's, brick exterior. We are debating the cost of lifting the house to make the crawlspace area livable vs. moving out the front wall of the house & one side wall.

What would be the average cost to lift a house?

We (need to confirm lot lines) only have about 10' on the side and (hopefully!) 5-7' in the front. I imagine just the material cost of re-finishing the exterior, roofing and foundation would make moving exterior walls a more costly renovation... Thoughts/Suggestions?

This will be our first major renovation - advice is greatly appreciated!

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Date/Time5/10/2012 at 9:18:50 AM

I personally know someone that had this done, their home was smaller than yours. The cost of lifting and structural work was $20K. Not included were any heating, plumbing, electrical work or new stairs to the home front and back. Add to this the cost of finishing the space, and you may find that building a house addition is more cost effective.

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Samantha in Chelmsford
Date/Time5/10/2012 at 10:15:57 AM

Thanks for the input! I assumed moving the exterior walls would be more costly. I looked through the paperwork from when we bought the house & didn't find anything remotely close to a survey showing our lot lines - so I geuss our next step is to get a survey and find out how much space we have for building an addition.

We have about 50k to spend.... maybe we can do both?!

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