Structural Inspections

Structural Inspections/Engineering Observation Report

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What is a structural inspection?

A structural inspection, or what we call an engineering observation report, is a detailed report of all the aspects of the structure’s integrity. We will inspect the slab or pier and beam foundation, take elevations throughout the residence, inspect the interior walls, exterior veneer, and several other aspects of the standard code requirements. You will receive within two days, a detailed report stating the structure’s foundation condition. You will also receive in that report any recommendations or observations that can be made to avoid future problems, such as drainage issues, brickwork repair, and/or foundation repair.

What types of structures do we inspect?

We will inspect residential, commercial, multifamily, and modular homes.

What are possible structural issues?

Possible structural issues include flower bed borders, lack of gutters, slope of the yard, and a tree’s root system being to close to the foundation.

Why would you need a structural inspection?

Many mortgage companies require an engineer to inspect the residence before a loan will be given, or before a second mortgage is allowed. Realtors generally request inspections for their client’s assurance, as well as requesting one to sell a property faster. Home buyers and sellers benefit from a structural inspection in the bargaining of the selling price and assurance of the property they are buying.

Why would I have a structural inspection if I already received a complete home inspection?

While a complete home inspection does cover all details of a residence, it is not an in depth report of the structural integrity of the foundation, framing, nor the roof. A structural inspection will provide a more thorough inspection of these areas of the residence, which are generally the most costly to repair, if not corrected upon the initial forming of an issue. Many home inspectors will recommend a structural engineer to evaluate the residence if any problems are seen during the complete inspection.