|| You need a home inspector. When you hire a home inspector, you are hiring an experienced professional
who is trained and has experience in the building industry. It is the job of the home inspector to not only
evaluate the condition of the house's major systems and structural integrity, but also to evaluate how these
systems are working together and identify areas that need to be watched, repaired or replaced.
Your home inspector gives you the Big Picture of the house you are purchasing. If the home
inspector identifies the need for a costly, detailed analysis of any of the houses' systems or structures,
the inspector will recommend the appropriate professional to resolve the problem. This may be an experienced engineer with
expertise analyzing that particular system or structure. The need for this kind of expensive, detailed
analysis is rare.
Hiring a Professional Engineer on your own can be a disappointing experience. The term Professional
Engineer does not mean that the individual has training or experience conducting home inspections.
Additionally, a home inspection does not involve engineering analysis. Therefore, hiring a Professional
Engineer to complete a home inspection undoubtedly costs more, but it may not give you the results you
desire and deserve. Most professional engineers specialize in one particular area of expertise.