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Hiring a tradesman for a structural engineering expert witness service
When damage to your property occurs for unknown reasons, a structural engineering ‘expert witness’ can investigate the matter and find the cause. When you need an expert witness service on your property it is important that you find an expert with the right qualifications and experience. Finding a specialist like this can be much easier through Plentific. The company website can quickly generate a bespoke contact list of the best specialists and tradesmen in your local area that offer the skills you need. With information on over 75,000 tradesmen across the UK, Plentific is here to help you find the right hire for any job.
What do you need to know about structural engineering expert witness services?
A structural engineering ‘expert witness’ will provide specialist knowledge and an expert opinion regarding the structure of a property. As an example, they could examine damage to a certain part of the property and give their opinion on what caused it, and who would be liable. Though technically speaking you could simply speak to a structural engineer, it is often better to speak to an engineering consultant, as they will not only have the expertise but should also be able to speak to you about the legal aspect of the job.
An expert witness service carries a lot of weight, so it is important that your hire is fully qualified and sufficiently experienced. It is a good sign if they belong to a national group such as the Institution of Structural Engineers or the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE). If they have ‘MIStructE, FIStructE, MICE or FICE after their name, it means they are a ‘chartered engineer’. If you can it is better to go with a chartered engineer, as they are the real experts in their trade.
The cost of hiring a specialist for a structural engineering expert witness service will depend on your location in the UK, as well as the size of your property and the nature of the investigation. According to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, another national body, a qualified structural engineer can charge around £150 an hour for their services, so keep this in mind. It is good to collect several quotes to compare before making your final decision. Remember to look at the qualifications and experience of your potential choices. They should be able to provide information on this, as well as reviews and ratings from their previous clientele. Given the importance of a structural engineer's advice it is also important that they have professional indemnity insurance.