In previous articles, we’ve explored what to expect from an engineering report and what to do post-engineering report, but we have yet to explain when homeowners need an engineering report. In most cases, contractors require engineering reports before they can obtain a building permit—but there are benefits to proactively obtaining an engineering report, too.
You Should Get an Engineering Report When: You’re Planning to Sell Your House
As most homeowners know, there’s a lot that goes into selling a home. Between planning, pricing, marketing and closing, there’s plenty of room for road bumps along the way. When selling a home, the last thing you need is another step in the process—that’s where a structural engineering report comes in. By obtaining an engineering report from a structural engineer before listing your home, you’ll be able to identify any structural or home foundation problems that could delay the sale of your home if uncovered during the selling process.
You Should Get an Engineering Report When: You’re Getting Ready to Buy a New House
Because many sellers don’t proactively obtain an engineering report, it’s important to request an engineering report prior to purchasing a home to protect from costly structural damage. A structural engineer’s engineering report will thoroughly inspect the home foundation, areas of noticeable damage and even potential hazards (such as trees, specific structural features and terrain issues). Doing the extra due diligence before purchasing your new home will safeguard you from issues that may not be apparent.
You Should Get an Engineering Report When: You Notice Structural Damage Around Your House
For homeowners who aren’t in the buying or selling process, it’s important to obtain a professional engineering report if you notice damage or suspect there may be unsettling occurring in your house. In many cases, the earlier you can identify problems and develop a remediation plan, the less damage there will be to repair. Additionally, engineering reports provided by independent structural engineers are certified and unbiased—unlike recommendations or quotes directly from contractors.
If you’re unsure if you need an engineering report, contact the structural engineers at Crosstown Engineering today. They’ll be able to answer any questions you have and provide a reliable recommendation.
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