When you are selling your home, sometimes the prospective buyer asks for a structural inspection. Your client only asked for a home inspection and that inspector said they needed an expert to check out the roof, ceilings, support, and foundation of your home because of what they found. If you are trying to get structural issues fixed before an engineer pays a visit, there are a few things you should know that help sellers pass a structural inspection. However, keep in mind that any major issues such as roofs needing replaced, won’t be able to be replaced overnight.
- Painting the Ceilings- Has your roof been leaky in the past leaving water spots on the ceilings? If you have fixed the roof but haven’t painted the ceilings, now is the time to get out the paint cans. Water stains, no matter how old, are always a sign of leaking roofs. If you don’t have a roof leak, don’t give the inspector a reason to think there might be one.
- Fix Any Leaky Pipes- If you have some pipes that drip, fix these before the inspection. A structural engineer will be checking out your crawlspace and the last thing you want is water drips or evidence of water pooling in your basement or foundation. If you don’t have a sump pump in the basement, consider having one installed if it is encapsulated.
- Run A Dehumidifier in the Attic- Sometimes old homes retain moisture and can cause streaks of water to run down the walls in unventilated or poorly ventilated rooms. This can lead to mold and mildew especially in attics and basements that we don’t frequent. A Dehumidifier will suck the extra moisture out of the air for you!
Always be honest with your inspectors and engineers. Sometimes, they can catch issues home buyers and sellers did not know were there, saving a lot of headaches and hassles down the road for both parties. Beryl Project Engineering employs only certified engineers for structural inspections!