We are looking to purchase our first home. During inspection the main beam was found to be splitting and twisting in one section and needs to be replaced. Engineers have told us that this is not a big deal. Is it? I worry that there may be after effects of jacking the house up.
Done correctly by experienced contractors, the amount of jacking necessary to replace a beam is very minimal. However, that assumes there is no significant sagging (like 1-2 inches) on the existing beam.
Any slight drywall cracking can be repaired to where you will never know there was a problem.