Can a general contractor reliably identify load bearing walls?
Looking into opening up the wall between our kitchen and living room as part of a kitchen remodel. There are two openings now. One a 80 inch wide arch and another 30 inch open door way. I am wondering if it is reliable to pay a contractor to evaluate if the wall between the two openings is weight bearing or if you should always hire a structural engineer? If it is weight bearing we would probably put the money into other projects around the house and leave it alone so I hate to pay 3 or 400 bucks for a couple hours of an engineer's time if someone else can be depended on to tell me the same thing.