Homeowners also request home foundation inspections when a question is raised about the foundation’s stability during a home inspection. While a home inspector can make general assessments about a foundation, only a structural engineer can truly provide a qualified assessment regarding the stability and safety of a foundation. When buying or selling a home, you might need to get a foundation inspection done. Neither party is obligated to request or pay for one, but the party most interested in having the information should pay for it. Jim has over 30 years of concrete knowledge and spot most defects accurately.