Originally Posted By: hgordon
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I also agree with Dave…we are not here to make decisions about if the item can handle more or not…we are simply the eyes that report.
Call it! This should be flagged as Major or Serious. "Consult with a Structural Engineer to determine structural integrity of the basement wall. Possible repairs to follow Engineers drawings."
Kevin, I am taking it that you spoke with the seller already and that he did not state that there had been previous repairs based on a drawing from a Structural Engineer. If he did mention that the repairs or additional bracing was completed by him, then you should state:
"Seller advises that previous repairs were conducted (or were not) based on the findings and subsequent drawings submitted by a structural engineer."
If that is the case, you should still refer the buyer to retain a Structural Engineer to read the previous Engineers findings as well as to determine if the repairs were completed based on the Engineers Plans. As well as to ascertain the soundness of the repair since the date of repair.
The point being:
Point it out
Cover the buyer
Pass the buck
If you are asking simply as a point of reference for yourself, maybe Jerry Peck can comment and shed some light on it for ya!
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