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    Default I need some PROFESSIONAL help with Home on top of slab

    If anyone can help me before I purchase I would appreciate it tons!! I am currently looking at a home in upstate New York that is sitting on a slab. I like the home but I do not have a clue regarding what to look for and I am sure it needs help. Currently the home is heated with electric baseboard, how could I update that? I want to address the floor and its ability to keep my feet warm, is that possible? What is the best floor covering? I will stop there, again thank you 4 your help.

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    Default Re: I need some PROFESSIONAL help with Home on top of slab

    First let me say this: know what you are buying BEFORE you sign the documents.

    Hire an inspector, let him inspect the property, and then go from there.

    Trustworthy local contractors can answer all your questions after that.

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    Default Re: I need some PROFESSIONAL help with Home on top of slab

    In most areas of the country, electric is an expensive way to heat, especially resistance heating. Later generation heat pumps are relatively efficient, but now you are talking about significant upfront expenses.

    Speaking as one who lived for 30 years in the Chicago area in a home with the main level on a slab, it was cold when it was really cold out. That slab just conducts the cold inward. Mine was built in 1970. Later homes had more care taken with thermal breaks and insulation under the slab.

    The simplest solution is to look for another home, unless there are redeeming qualities to the home.

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    Default Re: I need some PROFESSIONAL help with Home on top of slab

    Hi, Jack the house up off the slab and slip an insulated floor under it. Then buy a wood stove. Thanks

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    Default Re: I need some PROFESSIONAL help with Home on top of slab

    I assume that the last post was tongue in cheek, but crazier things have been done. I remember about 20 years ago, many Florida slab homes were condemed after hurricane flooding. The living quarters were just a couple feet above sea level. One enterprising contractor found a way to jack up the slab as a whole and build carport structures on the ground level, thus meeting the building codes. As I recall, he had a series of holes drilled into the slab into which a jacking towers fit. He was able to distribute the lifting force and lift the slab and house intact.

    I don't suggest this for the concerned house, but it is interesting what can be done when the figures compute.

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    Default Re: I need some PROFESSIONAL help with Home on top of slab

    Quote Originally Posted by ordjen View Post
    I assume that the last post was tongue in cheek, but crazier things have been done. I remember about 20 years ago, many Florida slab homes were condemed after hurricane flooding. The living quarters were just a couple feet above sea level. One enterprising contractor found a way to jack up the slab as a whole and build carport structures on the ground level, thus meeting the building codes. As I recall, he had a series of holes drilled into the slab into which a jacking towers fit. He was able to distribute the lifting force and lift the slab and house intact.

    I don't suggest this for the concerned house, but it is interesting what can be done when the figures compute.
    I think that this is what they are trying to do in NJ shore, after Sandy.

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