If you are building a new home, removing a load-bearing wall from an existing home, or are considering a major renovation, you may need the services of a structural engineer. Structural engineers help you determine things about your property, the integrity of your home, and how to make changes to an existing structure without compromising its safety.
Structural engineers are usually brought into jobs on a case-by-case basis and often charge a fee that is based on the total project cost. This is because projects that typically require structural engineers may not be able to move forward without them. Most structural engineers charge by the hour, with rates starting at around $35 an hour for labor.