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Why do home inspectors sometimes recommend further evaluation by a structural engineer?
Friday, August 9, 2019
The Standards of Practice for both national home inspector associations and the State of Florida state that “the inspector shall make recommendations for correction and/or monitoring, or further evaluation of the deficiencies that the inspector observed.” The remedy for any significant structural problem has to be specified by a structual engineer. Although a home inspector is qualifed to recognize the problem, unless both the structural defect and its repair are obvious and straightforward, an engineer is necessary to determine how to fix it—or if further evaluation/testing with high-tech tools will be necessary.
Home inspectors do not take referring a customer to an engineer lightly because it can get expensive. Also, sometimes the engineer will tell you the same things we did, and recommend a “wait and see” period before taking any action. Or testing with high-tech tools may be necessary for more dollars. But it is the correct approach when we see a major structural defect.
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