A home inspection is a comprehensive examination of a residential property’s overall condition, including its systems, components, and structural integrity. It is typically conducted by a licensed home inspector who assesses the property’s major systems such as electrical, plumbing, HVAC, as well as the condition of the roof, foundation, walls, and other visible components. The purpose of a home inspection is to identify any existing or potential issues that may affect the safety, functionality, or value of the property.

On the other hand, a structural engineer inspection focuses specifically on the structural integrity of a building. It involves a detailed evaluation of the property’s foundation, load-bearing walls, beams, columns, and other structural elements. A structural engineer is a licensed professional who possesses specialized knowledge and expertise in analyzing and designing structures. They can assess the structural soundness of a property, identify any structural deficiencies, and provide recommendations for repairs or improvements.

While a home inspection provides a general overview of a property’s condition, a structural engineer inspection delves deeper into the structural aspects. It is typically recommended when there are concerns about the stability, safety, or performance of a building, such as cracks in the foundation, sagging floors, or structural modifications. A structural engineer inspection is more specialized and may involve more detailed analysis, including calculations and measurements, to ensure the structural integrity of the property. For my clients looking to purchase a townhouse having issues I recommend a structural engineer inspection over a home inspection. Please reach out to me for recommendations.