Whether you’re concerned about your current building or you’re looking to purchase a new one, it’s always a good idea to get a professional opinion.

This is where one of our qualified structural engineers in Cornwall come in.

Getting a structural engineer inspection could be just the thing you need to put your mind at ease before you buy your new home or begin any renovations. Here, we cover just what happens during a structural engineer inspection and when to consider getting one.

What is a Structural Engineer Inspection?

A structural engineer inspection is a visual inspection of a home or building carried out by a qualified structural engineer. The inspection typically covers the building’s weight-bearing components, including:

  • Framing
  • Foundation
  • Beams
  • Columns
  • Posts or trusses

A structural engineer inspection varies in that it can be an examination of the structure as a whole or a particular component such as a wall you want to demolish.

Structural Inspection Cost

The cost of the inspections depend to vary for a couple of reasons:

  • The specifics of the building being inspected – if you’re only looking to remove a single wall, then the inspection will take less time than if you were looking to build a basement.
  • The structural engineer you choose – different companies or individuals are going to charge differing rates.

The average ballpark for a structural engineer inspection can be anywhere between £175-£300 but please note this would be the cost of the inspection alone.

You’ll also need to factor in the cost of the building report that your structural engineer compiles once the inspection is over. This in-depth report will look at the structural components of your building, their condition and any recommended repairs.

The average cost of a structural engineer report is around £1,175, but this too will vary between engineers.

If you’re considering us at Martin Perry Associates for your structural engineer inspection or report, please get in touch today for a quote.

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When to Get a Structural Engineer Inspection

You should look into getting a structural inspection completed if you have any questions or concerns about the structural integrity of a building or structure. You should get a structural inspection if you are concerned about or considering any of the following:

  • Bowing/cracked foundation
  • Settlement or wall cracks
  • Removing a wall in a remodel
  • Adding solar panels to a roof
  • Adding a second story to a home

Structural engineer inspections may also be a good option if you’re looking to buy or sell a home or renovate one you already own.

Here at Martin Perry Associates, we offer a range of Structural Engineering and Surveying services throughout the South West of England, and beyond. For more information on the services we have available, check out our website.

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