If you want to save some money, you can get a reputable foundation repair company to evaluate the property for free. They use the same tools to evaluate the property that the structural engineer will use. If you are concerned about the foundation when the foundation company is done, spending the $300 - $400 that it will cost you for a structural engineer to evaluate the property may be well worth it.
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You would think that foundation companies would be looking to add to their own bottom line. However, it has been my experience that the good companies will tell you when you don't need work and when you do. My quotes from different companies typically come in with basically the same recommendations.
I recommend: GL Hunt, Structured Foundation, and Arch Foundation. They will be busy now, so you may need to extend your Option to allow time to get reports.
At the end of the day, you'd hope that the seller was acting in good faith and not just trying to pull a fast one. But I would just have your realtor reach out to the sellers and tell them thanks for the gesture but you would feel more comfortable having your own foundation expert check it out and proceed from there.
Best of luck!
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The average structural engineer will run you about $350.00 for an evaluation (depending upon square footage) but perhaps you want two bids if you are questioning the extent of the damage? Better safe than sorry...
-Amy S. Arey, Realtor
Halo Group Realty, LLC
This is especially true with anything related to arguably the "most important" component of your home - the foundation.
I also certainly wouldn't trust or take anything the seller gave me into consideration concerning the condition of the foundation. They are trying to sell you the property.
The bottom line - hire your own professional to determine the presence of any foundation issues. It's a small price to pay to uncover potentially a very very expensive correction.
I've seen this plenty of times.
The inspectors don't want you coming back to them later and tend to over evaluate in my opinion on roof, foundations, HVAC. When you call the experts they are less concerned in many cases.
What do you see with your own eyes? What does your realtor say? Can you get a foundation company to take a look for FREE. What do they say?
The seller 'happened' to have a engineers report dated five days before yours.
Sounds like seller has had previous experience with "Inspectors Gone Goofy' who ad-lib regarding those things they do not know. The inspector should have:
1. Noted their observables
2. Suggested several causes
3. Recommended consulting a specialist.
Inspectors who inject opinion are dangerous and should not be allowed into anyones home.
This is very similar to an inpector declaring "There's mold in the chimney pan!" What a day that was. This inspector did not know where the chimney pan was, but the mold folks did produce a report that revealed another "Inpector Gone GOOFY!"
Who to believe? I think you know.
What was the observable?
What did the engineer reveal as the cause?
United Real Estate
In your case, a structural engineer.
Talk to your realtor about this and ask for recommendation. Getting your own structural engineer to assess the condition of the foundation would be your best option.
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If you are unsure about the validity of the engineers report, you may want to research the engineer to see if he is with a reputable company that stands behind their work. You may also consider hiring a structural engineer that you choose to look at the home.
I would recommend that you talk with your agent about your options. Good luck!
Melissa Hailey - North Texas Top Team, Realtors
Coldwell Banker Jane Henry Realtors