Second floor is slanted.
I am in need of help.
This is our first house. Our house was built in 1930. It seemed like the previous owners did NOTHING to fix up this house whatsoever. I mean NOTHING. So we knew we were getting a fixer upper. We did everything right. We got an inspector to come and everything. And we passed. The problem is that he did not notice that my ceiling is caving in or that there is a slant going towards the left side of the house upstairs on the second floor. We found out later it was because the previous owners of the house decided to open up the dining room and living room without a support beam. To make matters worse, we have no idea how long it has been this way and if it is safe or will we eventually find the bathroom and bedrooms in our living room/dinning room.
We did not notice the slant until we were moved in. I noticed it first then showed it to my husband. We spoke to a handyman and he explained what was the cause and that he would be able to fix it for us. My thing is that I am not sure if we should use him because he a "does everything" handyman. I want someone who specializes in doing it. (I watch a lot of HGTV). So basically my DH and I are scared we will get someone to come in and do a half ass job and we would really be jacked up
My question(s) are: Where do we begin to look? In what field? Construction? Anyone had something like this done to their home? If so, how much are we expected to pay? After the work is done, do we need to get an inspector in to see if it passes inspection? Were do we find an inspector to do this? Are they the same as the ones you get to inspect your house before you purchase it? Do you think they will be able to level the second floor again?