Why keep block and base foundations?
One reason is because it has been accepted foundation for more than 50 years.
base & block foundation cost is much cheaper. Example: a 24'x40' house has
typically 40 footings at a
total cost of $500 for base & block
footings 12” in ground of labor & material @ $160-$200 x 40 footings= $6400
to $8000 approximately.
great cost to low income buyers which will force many to just continue renting
apartments and not adding that
improvement tax value to the City. Our customers are mostly low income, blue collar workers, and most are
first time home buyers. They are adding
tax value to parts of Houston that
are largely vacant, overgrown lots. (100% of our customers and homes qualify
for the City Impact Exemption for low
All the houses we move inside the City are already being
brought up to the current code as far as Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, etc.
3. Added Tax Value
These houses are repaired and repainted by these first time
home buyers and are a great example of pride of ownership. They bring vitality back into older, inner
city neighborhoods. Many, if not all, of
our houses are usually valued more than what the customer paid for them once
they are relocated and added as improvements on their lots. Buyer have vacant lots valued at $10,000 last
year that now are valued at $70,000 with our houses on them. (Creating more tax money for the city, county
and school district.)
The City has banned mobile homes from the city limits unless
in a mobile home park and moved in houses are the next “cheapest” form of
housing for buyers.
4. Precious Land
As we save these houses from demolition we are saving land
fill space. We already have had landfills close because they are full. The sellers save demolition fees because we
purchase the house and remove is from the property, providing instant clearing
of their land to allow for rebuilding and to return tax value back to the land.
5. Recycling “Going
Relocating these homes is recycling them. Nothing is wasted. Houston is all about going green and what not
a better way then to save a whole house!
These new regulations will put a hardship on our
industry. We will lose customers that
just don't have the funds to meet the new foundation requirement. We may also even be forced to work outside
the city limits and only move in the county. The City will lose building permit
revenue, tax value revenue, trade permit revenue, operating permit
revenue, and so forth. (An average of 200 buildings are moved each year in Houston!)