When might you need a structural engineer?
If your Lender requests additional reports on defects highlighted during a valuation (known as specific defects), you will need a Specific Structural Inspection.
If you are worried about a defect: movement or cracking of a wall or if your home is showing signs of subsidence or heave in the foundations
If you are thinking of removing a structural wall (say between the kitchen and Lounge). You will also need to submit former calculations to your Local Authority Building Control (LABC) https://www.labc.co.uk/. In such cases you can also get a quote for removal of a supporting structure.
If you would like an assessment of the structure of the whole building, then you might consider a General Structural Inspection and advice from a Chartered Surveyor may be more appropriate.
A Chartered Structural Engineer will be a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers having the qualifications MIStructE, FIStructE https://www.istructe.org/ or Institution of Civil Engineers having the letters MICE or FICE after his/her name https://www.ice.org.uk
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