do we need a structural engineer?
We bought a 100 yr old craftsman style house. The floors are sloping & some of the wood floor is crowning, as well as some plaster cracks.
We are first time homeowners, & while we know we need to address the structural issues with the house, we are looking for advice from someone locally to best decide how to deal with this issue (on a tight budget).
I had thought of hiring a structural engineer to assess what needs to be done (jacks in basement etc) and how to approach it, and whether the value of the house warrants it. The only residential engineer I could find charges $500--are there other ways to make this decision? Or other people -- like experienced handymen, or inspectors--that might give us advice less expensively?
Thanks for any ideas!