A standard pre-purchase building inspection or pest inspection of a property is an excellent way to safeguard yourself against having to spend thousands on repairs in the future. However, if the property you’re looking at has certain defects uncovered during your standard pre purchase building inspection, you may require the services of a structural engineer to perform a further inspection. Structural engineers possess specialised knowledge relating to the forces and loads in structures like tunnels, bridges and buildings, so they’re the experts to call upon if your property has earth retaining walls, footings in clay soils, reinforced concrete columns, suspended concrete slabs, steel floor beams, or roof girders.
There are five types of loads that can act on a structure: tension, compression, shear, bending and rotational forces.. Given their expertise in forces and loads, structural engineers know exactly what to look for when it comes to defects or problems that relate to the structural integrity of a property.
Areas that will be placed under scrutiny during a structural engineer’s inspection include:
Pre-purchase property inspections are becoming increasingly common these days due to the large amounts of money involved in purchasing a house or investment property. By arranging for a professional to examine a property before purchasing, you can make sure there aren’t any existing problems or costly structural defects.
Casey Building Inspections can provide thorough pre-purchase inspections, dilapidation reports, pest inspections, and more. With our team of experienced inspectors, you can be sure the structural integrity of the building you have your eye on will be scrutinised in great detail, ensuring you’ll know everything you should about the property before you sign on the dotted line. We offer the most comprehensive reports at the most competitive price conducted by a Qualified Engineer. Contact us today on 0488 339 686, or click here to send us a message online.
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