This video explores why the geotechnical engineer, a.k.a. soils engineer, is a very important asset to you as the owner-builder when you build your own house. The geotechnical engineer helps avoid very costly repairs due to settlement and underground surprises like rock. We explore how test borings can help make a decision whether to purchase a lot or land and how the geotechnical engineer can help check the soil just before footers to prevent future structural problems. Lastly, we discuss how to go about finding this professional and how much they will cost you.
You can build your own house or addition as the owner-builder. Hiring a geotechnical engineer can give you peice of mind that your project will last for years to come.