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In the state of Alaska to do private home inspections you need to have a combination dwelling inspection certification, a state home inspector licence, bond and insurance.  An engineer can do an "engineering inspection" to look at a structural problem but unless you have all the other stuff you are asking to get busted by the licensing nazis if you are doing full home inspections.

From: Nels Roselund [mailto:njineer(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 8:54 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: House Inspection



One comment that I forgot to add to my post: in So. CA, house inspectors are not structural engineers.  As some have mentioned, some SE’s will do a house inspection for a friend or good client, but I know of no one who offer house inspection services on a regular basis.


Nels Roselund, SE

South San Gabriel, CA


From: GSKWY(--nospam--at) [mailto:GSKWY(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 5:59 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: House Inspection


My questions on house inspection came about from a litigation in California.  It's not something I was involved in,  I was just reading the opinion.  

The judge stated something to the effect that house inspections were done by a structrual engineer and a termite eradicator and therefore ... blah, blah, blah.  

It's been my experience that a buyer or seller might call a structural engineer to look at something, but that the actual "house inspection"  is done by someone who spends a lot of time looking at the appliances.

I think in Texas there may be more of a tendancy for PEs to do house inspection,  mostly because a lot of the house inspection may consist of looking at things related to the foundation.

But even in Texas,  there seems to be a standard check list where things like the whole-house vacuum  are considered as important as the roof or the foundation.

Gail Kelley