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Raising and moving houses is big business along the Jersey Shore

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With hurricane Sandy more than two months behind us, construction crews are working hard, but there is one group of guys that is particularly in demand: those who raise and move houses.

"Were really busy. Busier than I've ever been in my career," Steve Hauck said.

Steve Hauck's house lifting and moving company took off over night.

"There's probably 300 phone calls I have even returned yet," Hauck added.

Carmen Rone's house in Margate is Steve's current project. It was under water during Sandy and Carmen said enough is enough. The house was raised more than 5 ft, now making it 12 ft above sea level.

"I'm surprised it didn't fall apart, Carmen Rone said.  "This used to be my wife's kitchen and now its jut a lot of steel, lot of emptiness"

While raising your house can cost upwards of $60,000 when it's all said and done, it could be worth it in the long run. According to FEMA, with new flood insurance premiums set to take affect, a house not raised and kept at four ft below base flood elevation could end up costing you almost $10,000 a year in premiums.

"People need to be aware that the flood insurance could change drastically in the next four years on their properties in existing and new construction," Jim Galantino from the Margate Division of building and fire safety said.

FEMA has not released its final regulations for how high homes will have to be, but they are offering financial assistance to those whose property damage exceeds fifty percent of the assessed value.

"You can get up to $30,000 but that's for a primary residence. Its not for a secondary building or rental property," Galantino said.

Inside Carmen's home the steel beams are in place and the hydraulic lifts are ready to set it on its new foundation.

"I just want to get it lifted and back down. Get my wife and kids back in the house and get on with my life," Rone said.

City officials say before you hire any contractor to raise or move your house you should contact your city to ensure you raise it the correct amount.

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