How can I determine if a house is structurally sound?
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
The only way to determine that a house is in good condition structurally, without opening up walls or other invasive testing, is to look for signs of structural distress. No visual evidence of structural problems means the house is likely stable and sound.
The indications that a structure is moving, shifting, unstable, or even in failure, can sometimes be easy to miss. See our blog post How do I recognize serious structural problems in a house? to learn what to look for. To delve further into structural issues, read What causes cracks in the walls and floors of a house? for a brief course in crackology.
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