Here’s the scenario: I want to purchase a house that may have, in my opinion, some structural concerns, but the realtor and the local construction company have said, when we three reviewed and discussed in person, that it looks normal. However, I think I need an professional opinion, based on the way one corner seems to buckle about mid-point where a cross-beam has been placed in the masonry. I think that neither the realtor nor the local construction company are qualified.
One of the owners of Bonnin da Silva, the local construction company (roofing and masonry), came by to look at the exterior corner. We all three agreed that we saw some cracks/fissures and we all three agreed there was a bit of issue at the corner; Bonnin da Silva suggested putting a metal brace, fastened at the corner and stretching along the exterior sidewall and to the back corner on that same side, as a ‘safety’ measure.
I think it’s time for a pre-purchase structural survey to be done, don’t you?
Also, since it’s not something the realtor nor Bonnin da Silva recommend, how do I handle this diplomatically? I’ll need to let the realtor know I want to schedule this, but how do I articulate?