Should I hire an engineer to inspect the house?
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
It may be a good idea to hire an engineer to look at a house you are considering buying if the home inspector turns up any issues that require an engineer’s expertise to evaluate; however, we don’t recommend that you begin your home evaluation with an engineer.
Most engineers don’t do building inspections, and the ones that do often specialize in commercial buildings and forensic evaluations, not inspecting residences. There is an organization, the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers (www.nabie.org), whose members specialize in building inspection. But there are only 9 members in Florida and not all of them will do a home inspection. Also, an inspection engineer is significantly more expensive than most home inspectors.
But an engineer is definitely useful to a homebuyer after the home inspector finds a problem that needs further evaluation, especially where the problem is structural and requires repair. Damaged roof trusses or a failing foundation, for example, require the services of an engineer to specify the repair materials and procedure and then certify that the repair is adequate.
When these kinds of issues arise during one of our inspections, we will always refer you to a local engineer for an opinion, as the next step in evaluating the home.
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