Asked by Krishna Kothamasu, Amherst, NY • Wed Oct 31, 2012
I am currently in the processing of negoiating a price for a home I am interested in purchasing in the Williamsville, NY area. One of the items I am concerned about are some cracks I found in the basement and a few smaller ones around the house, one by the door (goes from corner of door to ceiling about a foot in length) another by the bedrooms where the support beam goes across from wall to wall about a foot in length as well.
Given the area, the main concern is sinking foundations and I check the town of Amherst website and a map that shows foundation repair permits filed and the area where the house is located is virtually problem free (in that not many permits were filed), no permits seemed to have been filed a couple hundred feet around the house.
So, a friend (an architect) suggested bringing in a structural engineer to look at the cracks. Wanted to get some advice on how I should find one and how much they might charge and how this plays in to the whole negotiating process.
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