What is a structural inspection and when it is required?
Every house is constructed with a lot of effort and by choosing each and everything personally by a homeowner. Also, one expects to have the best home without any defects and to get the desired results where structural problems need to be avoided. The structural inspection, when done by experienced professionals will help in avoiding these issues and offer an attractive house. Universal Engineering is one of the leading service providers offering inspection services for structures.
A structural inspection is a process that works on visual observations of essential portions of the foundation, that includes roof and structural components. These areas include roof, and structural components which are readily visible without moving or removing items causing visual obstruction. These areas are evaluated by experienced professionals, to check their condition and then they provide reports related to their improvements. This information includes an opinion from professionals about the need for repair. Even in offering the data through reports a lot of care is taken, and these reports include insights into the overall condition of the property. So, this information will assist the house owner in deciding to proceed in repairing the house or is it in the best possible condition for future years.
During the foundation inspections by Universal Engineering, few areas of the structure are marked as limited by safety or site conditions while the most common limitations are related to direct access at the roof or entry to the crawlspace. Access to inspection in some specific areas, like a crawlspace, are billed at a separate cost and however, it is a good idea to discuss these things while setting up an inspection during the appointment only.
Where is the structural inspection required?
In general, structural inspection is not required everywhere but is needed only for a few specific areas. And the following are the places where they are required:
When a homeowner needs information, then in such conditions an unbiased opinion of the structural performance is required to report.
When applied for refinancing, then most of the financial institutions ask for the evaluations of the performance of the structural system.
There may be situations where a buyer wishes to choose and have only the structure of the building evaluated based on the condition or intended use for the property.
4.Selling the house
A structural inspection is essential not only during the purchase of a home, but a house owner must go with the structural inspection report before they put the house in the market for sale. The structural inspection report will inform the house owner if any improvements are required and this will indeed speed up the process of selling the house.
During the remodeling of the house, foundation inspection is necessary, especially whenever weight bearing components in the house are moved from one place to another.
These are the required situations where there comes the requirement of structural inspection by a reliable company like Universal Engineering, that offers detailed reports.