How much will is cost?
A structural inspection fee for a typical one-family house varies geographically, as does the cost of housing. Similarly, within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending on a number of factors, specifically the Engineer’s qualifications, such as a Masters Degree (Post Graduate) as well as the basic Baccalaureate Degree (4 year Degree), number of completed Structural Inspections, years in the profession concentrating on Residential Structures and Foundations, a Licensed General Contractor, and membership in the NSPE, National Society of Professional Engineers; ASCE, American Society of Civil Engineers; and other Home Inspection Associations, such as WVAHI, the West Virginia Association of Home Inspectors and ASHI, the American Society of Home Inspectors. Also, being also a Certified Home Inspector provides additional perspective and experience.
One should not let the cost be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a structural home inspection or in the selection of your Structural Engineer. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection from a less experienced Engineer is not necessarily a bargain. Use the recommendations from your Banker or Lending Institutions, City Engineer, Insurance Agent, Appraiser, Lawyer, Friends, and/or Realtor as a guide.