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Our firm will not do a "Home Inspection" under any circumstances.  On
occasion we will investigate a specific item such as a crack in the
foundation that a home inspector has discovered.  Our services are usually
required by the lender.  We offer a professional opinion about the specific
item and offer a solution if we determine that one is required.

Jeffrey T. Flansburg, EIT
John W. Parkin Engineering
500 Washington St.
Vancouver, WA  98660
(360) 694-8378 ext. 104
(360) 694-3376 fax


----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Crocker" <paulc(--nospam--at)ckcps.com>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2001 2:40 PM
Subject: RE: Residential Fee Range (Was Porch Conc. Cracking)


> I'm suprised there are people out there who would look to a structural
> engineer to do a home inspection for anything but the most unique
> structures.  There is a whole industry out there of folks who specialize
in
> home inspection.  They look not only at the structure, but also the roof,
> drainage, wiring, plumbing, appliances, and anything else you can think
of.
> In the Seattle area, these folks typically charge around $300, but are
well
> worth it *if* you find a good one.  It seems like work best left to the
> experts.
>
> Paul Crocker, P.E.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John P. Riley [mailto:jpriley485(--nospam--at)peoplepc.com]
> Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2001 2:16 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: Re: Residential Fee Range (Was Porch Conc. Cracking)
>
>
> A nationally syndicated radio talk show host gave prospective homeowners
> this advice, paraphrased of course:
>
> If you want to buy a home, but are not an expert on structures, you should
> hire an expert, a structural engineer, to examine it for you.  It will
cost
> $200 or $250; he'll inspect the entire house and provide a written report.
> Then, if you purchase the home and something goes wrong, you can sue the
> structural engineer.  (I was afraid to use quotes, but I think I'm very
> close to the exact words)
>
> That was about 10 years ago, I'm guessing.  Then about 5 years ago, a
fellow
> called in saying he had heeded the advice.  The structural engineer
charged
> $250, provided an 18 page report, gave the home a clean bill of health
> except that the chimney needed to be cleaned.  He bought the home.  About
2
> years later he hired a chimney sweep, who would not clean the chimney
> because it was in such poor condition.  Repairs cost $5,000.  The talk
show
> host advised the fellow to sue the structural engineer and the realtor who
> recommended him.
>
> When homeowners call me for assistance, I tell them I do not do
residential
> work.  If they whine a bit, I tell them the above story.
>
> "Well, I'm not looking to sue anyone, I just need a report for closing."
> they say.
>
> "But if a crack shows up in the drywall next year, your attorney may
advise
> you to sue me.  No thanks."  says I.
>
> Some are understanding, some just get huffy because they are between a
rock
> and a hard place . . . that society created, not me.  I would love to be a
> facilitator, to offer my opinion based on what I can see.  But when
society
> views my opinion as an insurance policy, I must raise the premium . . . to
> $5,000 for a home inspection.  With about 10 of those under your belt, you
> could reduce premiums a bit for everyone.
>
> __________________
> John P. Riley, PE, SE
> Riley Engineering
> 20 Oakwood Drive, Blue Grass, Iowa 52726
> Tel & Fax:  319-381-3949
> jpriley485(--nospam--at)peoplepc.com
>
>
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