Typically, a pre-purchase inspection provides a visual assessment of any structural issues found in the homebuyer’s report or observed by a buyer.
A structural engineer pre-purchase inspection includes:
A general structure inspection cost varies compared to a specific structural inspection cost, but the average structural engineer cost for inspections in the UK is £400 to 650 + VAT. This will vary based on the property’s size, age and condition. A specific inspection looks at one isolated issue whereas a general inspection covers the whole property.
If your property shows signs of these issues, it’s time to budget for a structural home inspection cost:
You may also need a structural engineer if you’re applying for planning permission and need to submit details to your Building Control Authority.
First, check if the company is Chartered either under IStructE (Institution of Structural Engineers) or ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers). If you’re not hiring a Chartered engineering company, then most mortgage providers will not accept the report. IStructE and ICE have very strict requirements that do some of the vetting for you. But if you go with anyone who is not chartered you lose some of that peace of mind. In addition to memberships, perhaps read their reviews on Google or similar. Getting a good pre-purchase inspection done right the first time can save you from making a costly mistake in the future.
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It will not be of use when you need a code compliance inspection. It won’t necessarily find all hazards or hazardous materials. And it’s not a guarantee that there are no hidden issues. It’s just a licensed expert’s opinion that the property is sound, structurally. So the structural engineer will check the walls, roofs, flooring, foundations etc but not plumbing, boilers, electrics or anything that’s not structural.
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