Hi, I'm researching some different properties in San Francisco and Los Angeles. A lot of properties tend to be older (pre-1950s) especially in the Bay Area. It seems common for these older properties to need some seismic retrofitting to increase the safety in the case of a major earthquake. Does anyone know if making the recommended seismic improvements will make these older buildings as safe as newer constructions or will older buildings always be less structurally sound?
I can't answer the question directly myself, however, I can't imagine that any seismic retrofit would be as safe or sound as a new construction would be.
What kind of properties are you looking at? SFH, 2-5 unit properties or larger buildings? With that said, I do know of a good Structural Engineer here in the city that I could put you in touch with if you had specific properties that you had questions about.
I dunno. You gotta consider how many major earthquakes these suckers have survived. I just went into escrow today on a house thats 110 years old. It's pretty much seen it all.
@Charlie Brown The properties are generally 2-5 units. Would definitely appreciate any recommendations!
@David L. I just sent you a PM with the information.
If upgrade is done, it should be of the same strength, or else the upgrade will be useless.