Watch MaryLou Barcia tell her story on how Ducky Recovery got her back into her house in 90 days.
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.Bill WhitePensacola, FL