What is a Geologic Inspection?
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A geological inspection usually covers evaluation of the grounds and any slopes at the property only. Typically, inspection of the structure and its foundation as well as any other improvements such as retaining walls or swimming pools is not within the scope of this type of inspection.
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A structural inspection involves an evaluation of the building foundations, floor slab, or retaining walls from a settlement (or movement due to expansive soils) and cracking viewpoint. This type of inspection does not include an evaluation of the stability of the grounds or any slopes at the property as those are covered in a geological inspection.
This type of inspection is our most complete type of inspection in that it combines a geological and a structural inspection into one. This way, instead of hiring a geologist as well as a structural engineer to evaluate the property, you have a geotechnical engineer evaluate the entire site (both the grounds as well as the improvements at the site such as the structure, any retaining walls, pools, etc.) saving you cost and time. This is one of the reasons why the California Association of Realtors (CAR) recommends using a geotechnical engineer in their Buyer's Inspection Advisory (attached to the back of every real estate contract).
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A written report is then emailed to you usually within 2 to 3 days.
We strongly recommend that you be present during the inspection. Its a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the inspection. Our engineers will give you a tour of the proeprty upon completion of the inspection to point out the potential problem areas and how best to mitigate them.
Inspection time varies depending on the size and condition of the property. For most homes, 2 to 2.5 hours is typical.
Absolutely, even more so than older houses because older homes have been through past earthquakes and heavy rains and in case of any problems, they show signs of distress.
Chances are that even if you are very familiar with construction, you still don't have the knowledge, training and experience of a professional civil & geotechnical engineer; we have inspected thousands of homes and have over 30 years of experience. We know what to look for to detect problem areas.
In our report we will delineate the condition of the property from a geotechnical viepwoint and provide you with conceptual repairs so that a contractor can provide you with a rough estimate. Armed with this information, you can make a more inteligent decision about purchasing and negotiation your dream home.
No. This assures that there will never be any conflict of interest. We are professional engineers, not contractors; therefore, we do not perform any of the repairs that we recommend. However, we do recommend that we observ the repairs during construction to make sure that the contractor complies with our recommendations and to revise our recommendations due to unforseen and changed conditions.