Structural damage: "It's not going to get better on its own — it just gets worse"

Home inspector Tom Corbett points out a classic case of a structural deficiency in a Chicago home: a timber beam that has slipped from its pocket and has become brittle due to termite damage. Upon seeing this kind of problem, Tom typically advises his clients to call a structural engineer; since it’s a pre-existing condition, the seller usually pays for the repair.

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