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   The top photo shows an attic where the homeowner cut several webs away to create an open platform for storage around the attic ladder opening. The fix for this blunder is not simple. An engineer must specify the size lumber, connectors, and nails for replacing the missing webs, and it must be inspected to verify that the work meets the engineer’s specifications before the trusses are acceptable again. Spending $1,000 or more is the typical cost for engineering, materials and labor.

   Even if you are willing to accept the reduced structural integrity of your roof when you chop up the trusses for an attic “remodeling” project, any competent  home inspector will nail you for it, causing additional expense and aggravation when you sell your home.


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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