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Inspector vs. Engineer  

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Inspection vs. appraisal
Inspector vs. engineer
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The Painted House

Do I need an Engineer or a Home Inspector?

You need a home inspector.
When you hire a home inspector, you are hiring an
experienced professional who has training and experience in the building industry. It
is the job of the home inspector to not only evaluate the condition of the house's
major systems and structural integrity, but also to evaluate how these systems are
working together and identify areas that need to be watched, repaired or replaced.

Your home inspector gives you the “Big Picture” analysis of the house you
are purchasing.
If the home inspector identifies the need for a costly, detailed
analysis of any of the houses' systems or structures, the inspector will recommend
the appropriate professional, which may be an experienced engineer with expertise
analyzing that particular system or structure, an architect or other professional

Hiring a Professional Engineer on your own can be a disappointing
. The term “Professional Engineer” does not mean that the individual has
training or experience conducting home inspections. Additionally, a home inspection
does not involve engineering analysis.
Therefore, hiring a “Professional Engineer” to
complete a home inspection undoubtedly costs more, but it may not give you the
results you desire and deserve.