How to identify structural damages to a home

by Meg Johnston Burke 04/28/2024

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The structure of a building presents a vital part of what makes a building safe. When structural damages occur, whether during the home construction process or years later, it’s essential to assess the situation and make needed repairs. 

What is considered structural in a home?

A structural component of a home comprises different elements making up the bones of a building. These components usually include the roof, concrete slab, columns, beams and many other vital components of a house or building. 

What are signs of structural damage to a house?

If your home has structural damage, you may see warning signs on both the interior and exterior of the property. Inside your home, if you notice cracks on the interior walls or ceiling, this can be a sign of a potential problem that can grow if left untreated. 

Damage to electrical and plumbing work can potentially be really crucial and can result in significant damage to a structure and potentially be a safety hazard, going against building codes.

If you plan to buy a property, conducting a final inspection before completing a purchase can provide great insight into whether the entire house is safe and ready for occupancy. 

Can structural damage to a house be fixed?

Home structural damage can be repaired however, repair costs and the length of the project all depends on how extensive the damage is to the property. 

For example, if particles are obstructing airflow in your HVAC system, a technician may be able to clean and replace filters for a reasonable fee. 

However, if the damage to the system is so extensive, causing it to need replacement, a homeowner may spend anywhere from $4,000 to around $9,000 for replacements and installation. 

If you think your home has structural damages, speaking with a professional in the field can help provide you with solutions to make repairs as soon as possible.

About the Author

Meg Johnston Burke

Meg & Loudoun County: Back in 1993, we moved here from Pennsylvania, thinking we'd stay for a year or two -- well clearly, Loudoun is "home" now! In the past, I was a broadcast advertising rep (Philly market) and an at-home mom, until 2000, when I jumped into the real estate business. Even with all the ups & downs, I've loved this business (& especially my clients) ever since!