When you notice a foundation crack in your home, you'll need to hire the services of a structural engineer. Here are some questions to ask when hiring structural engineers to help ensure that you'll get a fair deal.
Licensing requirements for structural engineers vary from state to state, but if a structural engineer you're considering working with isn't licensed and insured, they aren't worth the money.
Hiring a structural engineer won't come cheap, but you can at least make sure that you're paying a reasonable sum for the job. Most structural engineers charge by the hour, and the average reported fee charged by one of these specialists is about $300 - $500. If a structural engineer provides an estimate that includes an unreasonably high hourly rate, they had better be the best in their field.
While a structural engineer might need to come to your home to determine whether or not their services are called for, most of these professionals can learn enough from a simple phone call to know whether or not a home visit is necessary.