For those of us who have grown up here in Long Beach, New York, there is Long Beach—and then there is everywhere else! One visit and it is obvious why we choose to live on this barrier island surrounded by the Atlantic. We’ve got a great little city and beautiful white beaches, all less than an hour’s commute to New York City.
Neither Irene nor Sandy could stop us from living here—but flood insurance might. After Sandy our premiums skyrocketed and at the same time our family home was deemed substantially damaged, which meant we needed to rebuild or elevate.
The cost to rebuild was far too great—plus we loved our existing home—so the only logical solution was home elevation.
As a general contractor by trade, I was not nearly as intimidated by the carpentry or reconstruction end as by the actual house “lifting”. How do you lift an 80’ long, 30’ wide, 100+ ton structure without damaging it beyond the point of no repair? I did my homework, that’s how, and searched out Ducky Johnson.
I had the pleasure of meeting with Jeremy Patterson of Ducky Johnson at a major trade show on Long Island in the Spring of 2014. Days later, he and his team assessed our home and provided a very reasonable quote. With my research and comparison bids complete, I called Jeremy and we planned the lift for mid-September.
Their team exceeded our expectations! Not only did they stick to their schedule, but within days of the start our home was over 9 feet above its existing foundation. The house was level, safe and secure, resting on 16 cribbing stations. Jeremy weighed the house while being lifted… 115 tons, wow!
Aside from a few doors sticking and some plaster cracks here and there, the home was perfect. Phase 1 complete, without a hitch. The reconstruction has also gone well, we’re back in our home and now spring is finally here and we’ll finish up the exterior.
It is a rarity in our industry when a company far exceeds your expectations—but this is one of those instances. Thanks to Ducky Johnson our home is now FEMA compliant, and flood insurance premiums are back down to a manageable level. Best of all we are ready for any storms to come in the future.
There are many great contractors on the south shore of Long Island—but great house lifters are hard to come by. Not anymore, though, Ducky Johnson is here for the long haul.
- Anthony RectorLong Beach, NY
As the Borough of Seaside Heights continues its recovery from Hurricane Sandy, I would like to take a moment to recognize the company Ducky Johnson House Movers, Inc. for financing the Home Elevation Outreach Program in recognizing the importance and benefit of home elevations along the Jersey Shore, Ducky Johnson was one of the first elevation companies to respond to the needs of many towns along the shore by holding these workshops. Rod Scott, a hazard mitigation specialist representing Ducky Johnson, provided a platform to help myself and my constituents of Seaside Heights understand the importance of home elevation as a mitigation effort to help to prevent future flooding from rising waters associated wtth any natural disaster.
As part of the Home Elevation Outreach Program, Ducky Johnson’s town hall meeting in Seaside Heights was open to the general public in which history, current events, and the benefits of the mitigation efforts were introduced and associated with home elevations on a nationwide scale. The presentation provided real life examples and pictures of homes in multiple regions of the United States to give the attendees a rounded view of the elevation industry. At the end of the presentation, a Q & A session was opened to allow audience interaction. In respect to the audience size and town devastation in Seaside Heights, Mr. Scott allowed for a 2 hour session to be sure that everyone in attendance had an opportunity to pose questions and listen to answers provided. Regardless of the question or complexity, Mr. Scott was professional at the highest level that showed compassion as well as professionalism at every turn.
I cannot begin to express how critical this presentation was in providing much needed information so that everyone was able to understand. Ducky Johnson and Mr. Scott exceeded my expectations on more than one occasion by displaying how much he understood each person’s plight and current situation. With this type of presentation and dissemination of information, the people of Seaside Heights stood to gain not only value, but an opportunity for learning and sharing. I would recommend Ducky Johnson to continue outreach elevation presentations so that everyone has an opportunity to understand and learn the benefits of mitigation and elevation.
Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate contacting me.
- Mayor Bill AkersSeaside Heights, NJ
This will recommend to you Ducky Johnson Movers who recently moved two homes for me. One was a three story (over 4,000 sq ft) 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bath home. The other was a two story home. Both were moved satisfactorily and with great efficiency. We were very pleased with this company and the extreme care and caution they used to protect our homes. In every way from start to finish. You can count on them to do a good job.
Feel free to call me if you have any other questions. (850-529-6295)
- Bill WhitePensacola, FL
I have worked with Ducky Johnson House Movers on many projects over the past nine years. The projects include moving structures and houses and elevating existing houses to elevation about the base flood elevation. The structures include wood, brick, concrete block, and concrete buildings varying in size from 1000 SF one story to 5000 SF three story structures.
The projects have involved moving structures by dollies, trucks, and barges. The projects that I have been involved with have been in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi.
Most of any contact has been with Donald Wayne Barbie project manager.
The work has always been professional, well managed, and executed. I would personally use Ducky Johnson House Movers and have no problems recommending their services.
- Jerry HutchersonTheodore, AL
In accordance with our mutual interest in rebuilding the Shore we are pleased to provide this Recommendation of Ducky Johnson House Movers.
We are Consulting Civil Engineers specializing in foundation design and presently with a focus on Sandy damaged properties. I am Richard P. Ramirez, P.E. owner of the company and have lived and worked as an engineer in Ocean County continuously since 1977. We love the Shore and we love being Civil Engineers.
Early February of this year I had the pleasure of meeting the Ducky Johnson company and we have been involved with helping many homeowners raise and restore their properties since. Our company has been with Ducky Johnson on many lifts and we have come to know the crews and their equipment well. Their procedures and commitment to safety and efficiency are exemplary. Our function as the Engineer is to
provide an analysis of the foundation requirements for a particular situation and follow-up with a fortified design plan and specifications.
Ducky Johnson has provided everything from house elevation to full service, turnkey services for storm victims.. The experience we have had with the Ducky Johnson team has been most gratifying insofar as they produce results by being a well coordinated, hardworking, focused team of very experienced people. Their equipment is very well maintained and it is not uncommon for their teams to have new components available for use on a particular location. The personnel are accommodating to questions and answer them well.
As an Engineer, I am very concerned with undue stresses and strains being placed on structural members of houses and have seen the utmost care exercised by Ducky Johnson personnel to assure a stable lift in virtual equalibrium. The accommodation of particular loading patters by their crews is consistently excellent.
While a house is being lifted. the observer quickly realizes that these are professionals. The level of communication is uncanny and most efficient. Every team member knows his or hers takes and executes same with precision. It is a finely tuned work in progress that yields great results reliably.
We recommend Ducky Johnson for this special work. Our recommendation is without reservation. Ducky Johnson deserves the opportunity to help our fellow citizens in need and it would be a mistake otherwise.
Please contact me in regard of support of the Ducky Johnson application to RREM or for any information relative thereto.
- Richard P. RamirezToms River, NJ
Please accept this letter as verification that Ducky Johnson Home Elevation, LLC is a client of mine at Chase Bank. As their Relationship Manager at Chase Bank, I can verify that they have had good experiences with the Louisiana Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the various Louisiana parishes Severe Repetitive Loss programs funded by the state through FEMA monies.Ducky Johnson Home Elevation, LLC is a valued customer of Chase Bank and has an excellent history with us. Should you have any questions for me in reference to the above information, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (504) 4.56-7712.
- Christopher FinnanMetairie, LA
This firm has represented Daniel McKearan and Titan Lifetime LLC since 2006. We assisted Daniel McKearan with the organization and registration of Titan Lifetime LLC and have counseled the company on numerous matters over the past seven years. Daniel McKearan and Titan Lifetime LLC have been a pleasure to represent, consistently respond to requests and pay all invoices. Daniel McKearan recently spoke at our firm sponsored Terralex conference at The Ritz Carleton in New Orleans (more than 250 anomeys and guests from throughout the world attended). The panel discussion and presentation involved a discussion of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, smart growth principles and rebuilding of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Earlier this year, we also assisted Daniel McKearan and Charles Johnson with the
organization and registration of Ducky Johnson Home Elevation LLC.
Should you have any questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.
- Eric C. PiazzaBaton Rouge, LA
It is truly a pleasure to get the opportunity to recommend Ducky Johnson House Movers. We have been doing business together for 10+ years and, in 24 years of business, Dudky Johnson House Movers stands
out head and shoulders with us. Their work is professionally executed, and their superb reputation is well known regionally. They are capable of completing projects of all sizes and are experienced with federal government contracts. Our experience together Includes federal government contracts in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Without reservation, I endorse this company.
If you need further information about Ducky Johnson House Movers, please do not hesitate to contact me personally.
- Mark MercerLynn Haven, FL
I personally want to thank you for sponsoring a Home Elevation expert, Rod Scott, to come to Toms River and host a seminar. As you are aware, Toms River Township had 10,500 homes damaged on our barrier island (Ortley Beach area) and on the mainland.
The seminar we held was an essential benefit you bestowed upon our residents by providing such valuable information about all aspects of home raising. The subject of home elevation is one that very few people ever thought of in this area, but all of that changed as a result of Superstorm Sandy.
On behalf of all the residents of Toms River, please accept my heartfel’t appreciation for your contributions to the restoration of our community.
- Thomas F. KelaherToms River, NJ
I’ve worked with Ducky Johnson Home Elevation on a number of projects, as we both are involved in raising homes after Hurricane Sandy. I strongly recommend Ducky Johnson Home Elevation for house raising, moving, and roll offs.
Lead by Charlie Johnson and Dan Mckearen, their technical skills, and experience are impeccable, they are also creative, and will prove to be a crucial attribute in house raising up and down the Jersey shore
With their take-charge attitude, inclusive approach and strong grasp of industry concepts, Ducky Johnson Home Elevation would be an asset to any house raising project.
I am confident Ducky Johnson Home Elevation will exceed your expectations. Please don’t hesitate to call or email me if you require further insights into their skills or character.