Single Family Residence

Single Family Residence

Cal Engineering provides engineering and general inspection services to Home Buyers and Sellers, Home Owners, Realtors and Home Inspection Companies.  The inspection REPORT is a short few pages narrative and covers a detailed analysis of the Specific structural, foundation and drainage conditions of the dwelling including settlement, ground movement, and earthquake risk assessment & resistance.

We fully support Realtors and provide 24 hours turnaround service, including  Inspection and  comprehensive  Special Engineering Report stamped with the Seal of a State Licensed Civil / Structural and Geotechnical Engineer.  We equally support other Home Inspection Companies and provide Specialized Engineering inspection, investigation, mitigation and cost estimate.

Let only a Registered Professional Engineer ” P.E.” do your inspection for framing, foundation, drainage, earthquake retrofitting, settlements, utilities and other special conditions. Demand a Civil, Structural, Geotechnical or Mechanical Engineer to safeguard your real estate investment.

Key Benefits

  • Protect your investment
  • Understand the engineering condition of your property, do not let the drainage condition damage your foundation and framing
  • Safeguard your property against earthquake, soil slide  or other disasters
  • Floor differential elevation / settlement,  laser beam measurements check (see notes below on settlement tolerances)

Scope of the Engineering Home Inspection

  • Engineering assessment of damages and suggested mitigations.
  • The Inspection includes but not limited to: drainage, soil slide, slope stability, structural framing, foundation & settlement, floor differential elevation, earthquake & retrofitting, all utilities i.e. plumbing, electrical, heating & ventilation etc.
  • Digital pictures coverage of all areas needing repairs are included on a link to Google Drive.
  • Engineering visual inspection of all the systems.
  • Engineering cost estimate for the needed repairs.
  • Engineering Report including recommendations and conclusion.
  • All Reports are stamped with a professional engineering seal of our licensed civil, structural, geotechnical or mechanical engineer in the State of California.
  • All reports are delivered within 24 hours from inspection through e-mail PDF copy, hard copy by mail and on a CD and electronic web link to pictures.
  • The cost for the engineering inspection varies between $675 and $975 depending on the scope of the needed inspection, investigation, engineering estimate, verbal. written report or both, size of residence, and distance from Berkeley.


We have been in the Engineering and Construction business for over 30 years.  We hold advanced University Degrees in Civil, Structural, Geotechnical, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from U of Illinois and U C Berkeley.  We are licensed in the State of California as Registered Professional Civil /Structural, Geotechnical and Mechanical Engineers, Building Contractors, General Engineering Contractors, and Real Estate Brokers.   We have practiced our profession with great success, pride, and to the total satisfaction of our Clients. References are available upon request.

We provide quality engineering inspection services at a reasonable cost with Guaranteed Satisfaction or money back policy.
Call or email us for appointment 7 days a week, 24 hours a day :
Tel (510) 524-1494. Cellular (510) 282-5510 / (510) 717-1417
mailto: [email protected]
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Notes: Tolerances for floor differential elevation / settlement 

Overall Differential – When evaluating the elevation difference across an entire residence, a house is considered to be relatively level with floor elevation differences up to about 1½ inches. If the house varies by 1½ to 2½ inches, the house is considered to be moderately out-of-level, and if there is more than 2½ inches of elevation difference, then the house is considered to be severely out-of-level. Please note that the term “severe” is meant to indicate that evidence of elevation difference is readily apparent to most of the homeowners, and does not necessarily indicate any structural danger exists.

Localized Differential – While a house may be only an inch out of level, if that inch occurs across the a small area (e.g. bathroom), the elevation differential may cause distress and be readily apparent. Therefore, localized tolerances have also been developed. The most common localized elevation tolerance permits a slope ratio of up to 1:240 (1 inch in 20 feet). Anything over that ratio is considered out-of-level. However, we have found that most people cannot discern slopes until a gradient of approximately 1 percent has been reached. Therefore, a second tolerance of 1:120 (1 inch in 10 feet) has been chosen as the boundary between moderate and severe localized slopes. Again, this tolerance is based upon homeowner perceptions of slope (a cosmetic issue), and does not necessarily reflect the structural condition of the house