Originally Posted By: jpeck
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IF the house has trusses, your only option is to recommend a structural engineer to design appropriate repairs. Trusses are engineered systems and should only be modified or repaired in accordance with more engineering.
The cost of the engineer should not be your concern and should affect what you recommend.
IF the house has hand framed rafters, then I would still recommend a structural engineer (for my CYA), but at least that is not an engineered system and a good, qualified, licensed contractor should be able to make those repairs ... but I am still recommending the structural engineer as the cost of the repair does not affect what I recommend.
My clients can either accept the recommendation and pay for the engineer themselves, have the seller pay for the engineer, walk away from the deal, or, ignore my recommendation and suffer the consequences.