This inspection includes visual observations of those portions of the foundation, roof, and structural components readily visible without moving or removing items causing visual obstruction to evaluate their condition in order to provide information related to their condition and an opinion as to whether they are in need of repair. The data obtained and included in this type of report will provide insight into the overall condition of the property and information that will assist in maintaining it in the best possible condition during future years. The scope of this inspection includes visual observations of those portions of the foundation, roof, and structural components readily visible without moving or removing items causing visual obstruction. When possible, and at the discretion of the inspector, the roof may be evaluated from its surface and the attic from its readily accessible interior.
Inspections to some areas of the structure may be limited by safety or site conditions, with the most common limitations related to direct access at the roof or entry to the crawlspace. Access to some areas, such as the crawlspace, may require an additional fee. If you have concern about, or know of special conditions, they should be discussed with the office upon setting up an inspection.
Structural only inspections are normally used for:
- Homeowner Information – To provide an unbiased opinion of the structural performance.
- Refinancing -Some financial institutions may require evaluations of the structural systems performance.
- Pre-Purchase Contracts -Under some circumstances, a buyer may choose to have only the structure of the building evaluated based on the condition or intended use for the property.
- Backup Opinions -Some inspection companies may not be qualified to render an opinion of the performance of the structure, or the presence of special circumstances may require the opinion of a Professional Engineer.