When selling or buying a home, a home inspection is vital to understanding the current condition of the property and what repairs, if any, will be necessary. While checking the foundation is standard procedure for us, we highly recommend a more thorough foundation inspection by our licensed structural engineer.
Home inspectors are trained and certified to visually inspect the major home systems, components, and appliances, including the foundation. A structural engineer has a degree in civil engineering. They have specialized training and experience in the design and construction of homes and buildings. Their expertise enables them to provide a more thorough inspection of the foundation.
A structural engineer will examine the foundation to ensure it is providing the necessary support to the structure; it was built per current building codes in your jurisdiction; and, if there are any cracks, leaks, sinking, or other problems that need immediate attention.
We recommend having a foundation inspection when you notice any of the following symptoms of potential trouble:
The structural engineer will conduct a through visual examination of the following components that can influence the foundation:
Interior and exterior walls
Doors and windows
Landscaping, irrigation, and drainage
Many home repairs are often the result of foundation issues. Cracks, soil erosion, wood rot, and other problems can lead to mold, algae, pests, and more extensive structural problems that will require expensive repairs. Learning whether the home you are planning to buy has a solid foundation or is need of repairs today, can save you a lot of money later.
Our structural engineer will provide you with a complete foundation report that also includes an Elevation Survey. The report explains in detail any issues that were found during the inspection and any recommended repairs. An estimated cost of repairs is also included in the report.
If you are a home buyer, we recommend discussing the results of the foundation report with your real estate agent to determine your options before closing on the property.
Homeowners should make foundation repairs as soon as possible to prevent additional damage. Your homeowner’s insurance policy may cover all or some of the repairs.