A+F Building Inspections

Building inspections are typically visual inspections performed by structural engineers to ensure the structural stability of weight-bearing parts of a home or building, such as frames, foundations, beams, columns, pillars, or trusses. For example, an engineer looks for unusual subsidence, lateral movement, or structural weakness in accessible load-bearing parts of the building.

Inspection Scheduling

A+F Engineering works with contractors, construction managers, and owners to create an inspection schedule that meets their specific project requirements and ensures shorter inspection turnaround times.

As licensed engineers, we are experts in helping guide you through the entire process.

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Certified Inspectors

Certified Inspectors

A+F Engineering provides high-quality, timely inspections and handles compliance paperwork. Our licensed professional engineers and certified inspectors know local and state code requirements, construction processes, and building inspections to provide comprehensive inspections to ensure compliance and safety with structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing components of buildings. They know how to identify the problems and the necessary measures to remedy them.

Commercial Property and Home Inspections

Inspections typically occur when an owner has questions about the structural integrity of the building or structure. The inspection may involve analyzing the entire structure or looking at a specific part of the building.

There are several situations where you might want a structural engineer to check that the bones of your building are strong.

This is when many people question the safety of their structure. Roof damage, foundation damage, damage to siding and walls, or damage due to flooding can cause significant structural damage that may not be visible to the naked eye. A comprehensive property assessment is invaluable and can save lives.

Many people think about hiring a structural engineer when buying a home or commercial property, but there are also many benefits to having a seller use a structural engineer. For example, consider doing a due diligence survey before putting the building on the market. If you notice cracks in your foundation in advance, a proactive structural engineer inspection gives your buyer confidence to buy and can speed up the closing process.

If you are buying, sometimes mortgage lenders may require a structural engineer to inspect the structure’s condition before releasing the funds. Even if it is not required, proceeding with a structural inspection is wise to ensure no significant structural problems. If you find any issues, you can negotiate a price adjustment or void the contract.

Structural movements may cause visible cracks in flood slab, ceilings, and walls. They may present a problem in the structural integrity of the building.

Older buildings may have signs of sloping floors and ceiling or wall cracks simply because the structural members do not flex as they do today. Generally, when settlement occurs, it occurs within the first 10 years. Most of the settlements are likely to happen in the first 3-5 years, and after that, movement should be minimal until those 10 years are up. After that, saturated soil can cause movement.

If you see signs of movement, slab issues, walls and/or ceiling cracks, a structural inspection will provide insights into the cause of the issue and if necessary, the best way to repair the problem.

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