Is the foundation for your home not quite as it should be? If you’ve been noticing a lot of cracks in your foundation or it seems like your door or windows aren’t closing properly, it might be time to bring in a foundation repair company to take control of the situation. But having said that, there is another hire you may wish to make first. A structural engineer can come in and analyze the situation in ways that the foundation repair company may not be able to. Here are 3 reasons to consult with a structural engineer before moving forward with foundation repair work.
Get A More Complete Analysis
Structural engineers are trained to pinpoint the exact areas that are causing the most trouble. You will get a more complete analysis when an engineer is involved. If you have an engineer on your side, you can be confident in dictating to the repair company what exactly you do and do not want done. Any contractor can be brought in to fix up a foundation, but a structural engineer is specifically trained on how to handle the exact situation you are currently dealing with.
Get Expert Preventative Advice and Plan for the Future
Structural engineers aren’t just adept at spotting problems, they know a lot about how to avoid developing those same problems in the future. If a particular area of your property looks like it could be trouble, you’ll have a heads up about it in advance. For example, an engineer will likely put together an engineering report that you can consult in the future if you ever need to close on the home or obtain a loan and there are questions about the house’s stability.
No Worries About A Sales Pitch
You’d like to think that most contractors will only work on what is absolutely required, but keep in mind that a contractor is always going to err on the side of performing more work so that they can get paid more. But a structural engineer has no such conflict of interest. A structural engineer’s reputation is built entirely on their ability to provide a 100 percent unbiased report on your property. Going with an engineer before bringing in the foundation repair company could potentially save you some money.
If you think your home needs some foundation repairs, consider bringing in a structural engineer to assess the situation before you hire a contractor to actually fix things. Engineers can help you pinpoint the exact trouble spots with more clarity than the average contractor may be able to, you’ll also get a full report that can come in handy if a third party ever has question’s about your home’s stability, and paying for a structural engineer could actually save you money in the long run.