Q. Why should I hire an independent professional engineer?
A. A licensed real estate inspector can determine if a foundation or structural member is inadequate, but they cannot formally (or legally) inform you as to why it is inadequate or what remedial measures are required. He or she will often recommend that the structure is evaluated by a P.E. (professional engineer). A P.E. will be able to determine the reason why the structural member is noncompliant and, if necessary, what remedial repair options are available. Only a P.E. can legally inform you of the structural condition and integrity of a building. By hiring a P.E., you will not have to pay twice. A further benefit is that the opinion in the report is independent as Nevins Engineering does not have an interest in prescribing an expensive repair.
Q. When should I call a framing repair company?
A. You should contact a framing repair company after it has been determined by an independent professional engineer that remedial repairs are required.
Q. How long does an inspection last?
A. It depends on the size and complexity of the job, but a typical residential inspection will last approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.
Q. What is your fee?
A. Our fee is dependent on the size of the structure and the issues afflicting it. Generally, our fee schedule begins at $350 for a typical residential structure two-story home enclosing approximately 2400 sq. ft.
Q. Do you inspect new construction?
A. Yes. We provide structural framing observations if engineered drawings are available.
Q. Do you offer structural framing design?
A. Yes. We can provide framing design services for residential remodels or new construction.
Q. What information is required before design?
A. The design process requires architect drawings, building footprints, and a geotechnical report to inform us of the strength of the soil. This allows us to ensure that the foundation won't crack. Additionally, we need to know how many stories the building will be, what type of material are to be used, what support material will be used between floors, and the type of roofing.