Professional Engineers For Home Inspection Service
Why would someone want to hire an engineer to prepare a design when a contractor can do
it? Engineering costs more, right?
With cost effective engineering, the total cost of the project can be less – much less.
Take the example of the mansion with 1st floor framing damaged by insects under the dining
room and sloping living room floor. The contractor’s proposed fix-up was to place new beams
under the entire first floor and relocate the water supply and heating piping to accommodate
the new beams at a cost of $40,000. When our engineering team looked at the project, our
reaction was that a new beam was needed only under the insect damaged area. Several new
columns at strategic locations were also needed. They did not need beams under entire floor
and certainly did not need to relocate the plumbing. Estimated cost to do this work, including
engineering: $5,000. Now that’s cost effective engineering inspection!
During a recent home inspection service our engineering team’s licensed professional engineer
discovered a crawl space that needed inspection. It was a 6,000 sq. ft. house in three sections –
though neglected, the construction was solid. The lower level consisted of a walkout finished
basement, a basement utility room and this crawl space. There was no obvious access to the
crawl space from the outside, basement or interior.
Chasing crawl spaces is above and beyond the standards of practice for the average home
inspector (law effective January 1, 2010). This home inspection is a good example of the
difference between hiring a home inspector vs. a professional engineer for your home
inspection service – the professional engineer will go the extra mile.
Buying a house will be the biggest personal investment that most of us make. Professional
inspection engineers are legally qualified to provide opinions of structural adequacy, something
regular home inspectors are prohibited from doing. So when you buy a house, getting it
evaluated by is the best way to insure you get the most qualified inspection possible.
Our home inspection engineering team will help you understand the current condition of the
home and also establish a 10 year maintenance plan.
In my lifetime, there has been no better time to buy a house. The combination of low market
prices, low interest rates and a high inventory of good quality homes makes this an ideal time
to purchase your new home. Please contact us for more information about ParamountCE home
inspection services at www.paramountce.com.