I own an investment property that I'm about to do a major reno on and I have a question. The house is a large, 3 story house and on the 3rd floor in one of the bedrooms the house has a noticeable slope from about 12 inches out towards the wall. The second floor has a barely noticeable slope below it and no slope on the second floor. My contractor recommended I have a structural engineer take a look at it to be on the safe side. (Should have done that before the purchase.) Hopefully it does not turn out to be an expensive lesson. Does anyone have experience in finding a structural engineer and what is the process they go through in assessing structural integrity? Also, what can I expect in cost and how long it takes for them to determine if the structure is sound?
Thanks in advance!
Just a bump up for the topic.
I just had a structural engineer inspect and write a report on a 3000sf house with foundation problems for $500. I got a bid from another engineer for $1100.
Thanks! How long did the inspection and write up take? @Jon Klaus
He was on site for an hour, said the report will take one week, but it took two weeks.
Structural evaluations are one of the services my company provides. We normally charge an hourly rate, including travel time and mileage for longer drives. I'll spend an hour or two on site, taking notes, pictures, or measurements as necessary. If there's any calculating to be done, I'll do that back at the office. I always get my reports done within a week, but 2 weeks is a reasonable expectation for other engineering firms as @Jon Klaus suggests. The fees usually come in around $700 to $900 here in Billings, Montana. You may have to scale that up for NYC.
I don't think you can go wrong with an expert opinion from a structural engineer. Glad to see safety is your first priority, and chalk it up as a learning lesson on having the property evaluated prior to purchasing. I'd take a good look at the foundation of the property, and some of the neighboring properties as well for some perspective. Also how old is the place? An area where I have a property the homes are mostly built around 1900 and it's not uncommon to have sloping floors on the second level, and most of the homes are structurally sound. There are some products that can aid in leveling the floor but they will put an excess load on the property. Hope everything works out well for you!
Ok great! Thanks everyone for the input.
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