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Question DetailsAsked on 9/8/2013

how do I find a reputable civil engineer, can't find one on Angie's List

I sent my question about my house having structual damage yesterday, and the answer I receiced said to contact a civil engineering firm. Angie's List didn't have any civil engineer to list. What do I do now?

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Sorry about that - not knowing where you are located (I do not work for Angie's List, I am just a contributor to the questions forum), I had no way of knowing how many engineers were listed for your area.

Check your yellow pages, or google your town name and state abbreviation plus civil structural engineer (like this - Dallas, Tx civil structural engineer) to find local ones. Architects and engineers are less frequently called upon to work directly with homeowners except for new construction (usually work with the general contractors and each other), so there are fewer reviews than for contractors.

Once you find a couple that do work in your field (yellow pages usually lists by specialties like Structural, Foundations, Testing, Hydraulics, Inspection, etc - most firms work in multiple areas), then call to discuss your issue and see if they do work in that area and how much experience they have with house cracking and settlement. You are looking for a firm that does residential design and inspections, not a big nationwide engineering firm whose billings usually start at about $5000 and go up from there.

Being licensed professionals whose business survival depends on a good reputation, honest dealings, adhering strictly to ethics standards and regulatory and code requirements, and not risking their license, it is real rare to find a dishonest or greedy one, so normally one would have the first one who says they have the needed experience and can do it quote a rate for a simple site visit and first look to assess the situation (should be under $350 unless in big city), after which time you can decide if you are comfortable with them designing the fix, if they don't say just get an certain type of contractor to replace a certain part of the damaged structure and engineering is not needed, which is possible.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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