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Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Structural Analysis And Design Service

January 2014

When hiring and working with a Structural Engineer, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a Structural Engineer commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Structural Engineer? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Structural Analysis And Design Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Structural Engineer - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Structural Analysis And Design Service at a fair price?Find a Structural Engineer that (i) has recently provided good work to someone you trust and (ii) passes a background services screening test. Compile a COMPLETE, detailed list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have the Structural Engineer prepare a "not to exceed" estimate. Agree on the final price, sign a complete written agreement (see below) before any work begins. Download the Structural Engineer Hiring Guide for step-by-step details.
What should I expect to pay for Structural Analysis And Design Service?Most Structural Analysis And Design Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a Structural Engineer ranges from $67 to $100. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Structural Engineer.
Do I need to use a licensed Structural Engineer for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?A professional Structural Engineer must be licensed to provide most Structural Analysis And Design Services. To check a Structural Engineer's license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state's professional license board or department. Contact the licensing authority to verify license standing and history for the business and individual.
Should I use an insured Structural Engineer for my project?Your Structural Engineer should carry adequate liability insurance for work related damages. Your Structural Engineer should also have workman's compensation insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Structural Engineer need to be bonded?A bond is generally not required for Structural Analysis And Design Service.

Structural Engineer - Services

A Structural Engineer can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common Structural Analysis And Design Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

Structural Engineer - Finding and Hiring

Not every Structural Engineer has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding a Structural Engineer matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Structural Engineer to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Structural Engineer - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with a Structural Engineer. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Structural Engineer. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Structural Engineer's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:

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Structural Engineer Hiring Guide

How to hire a Structural Engineer

Use this notebook ready hiring guide to:

  • Find & hire great help
  • Get fair, complete bids
  • Get quality work
  • Make a strong contract

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