Below is a copy of our contract. Please take a few minutes and read it carefully. We have also included a copy in PDF format below. On the day of your home inspection I will bring a copy for you to sign.
||The inspection of this property is subject to the Limitations and Conditions set out in this Agreement. It is based on a visual examination of the readily accessible features of the building. The inspection is performed in accordance with the Standards of Practice of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors. A copy of these Standards is available on our Standards of Practice page. The client acknowledges and agrees that the Home Inspection Report is available electronically with additional information (hyperlinks) for use by the homeowner.
The Home Inspector’s report is an opinion of the present conditions of the property. The inspection and report are not a guarantee, warranty or an insurance policy with regards to the property.
The inspection does not cover code compliance issues set by governments or other regulatory authorities.
The inspection does not take into account eligibility for mortgage insurance, building or home owners insurance.
The inspection process is conducted in a fair and impartial manner. Accordingly, this report is not provided as an aid for negotiation in a real estate transaction.
The client is advised to make inquiries to the property owners and ask if they are aware of any defects that would not be normally detected by a visual inspection, and agrees to provide all information to the Home Inspector.
The inspection report is for the exclusive use of the client named above. No use of the information by any other party is intended.
LIMITATIONS AND CONDITIONS OF THE HOME INSPECTION
These Limitations and Conditions explain the scope of your Home Inspection. Please read them carefully before signing this Agreement.
The purpose of your Home Inspection is to evaluate the existing general conditions of a property. This includes determining whether systems are still performing their intended functions.
There are limitations to the scope of this Inspection. It provides a general overview of the more obvious repairs that may be needed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. The ultimate decision of what to repair or replace is yours. One homeowner may decide that certain conditions require repair or replacement, while another will not.
The Home Inspection provides you with a basic overview of the condition of the property. Because your Home Inspector has only a limited amount of time to go through the property, the Inspection is not technically exhaustive. If you have concerns about any of the conditions noted, please consult the text that is referenced in the report.
Some conditions noted, such as foundation cracks or other signs of settling in a house, may either be cosmetic or may indicate a potential structural problem that is beyond the scope of the Home Inspection.
If you are concerned about any conditions noted in the report, we strongly recommend that you consult a qualified licensed contractor or engineering specialist. These professionals can provide a more detailed analysis of any conditions noted in the report at an additional cost.
A Home Inspection does not include identifying defects that are hidden behind walls, floors and ceilings. This includes wiring, structure, plumbing and insulation that is hidden or inaccessible.
Some intermittent conditions may not be obvious on a Home Inspection because they only happen under certain conditions. As an example, your Home Inspector may not discover leaks that occur only during certain weather conditions or when a specific tap or appliance is being used in everyday life.
Home Inspectors will not find conditions that may only be visible when storage or furniture is moved. Inspectors do not remove wall coverings, including wallpaper, or lift flooring, including carpet to look underneath.
A Home Inspection is a sampling exercise with respect to house components that are numerous, such as bricks, windows and electrical receptacles. As a result, some conditions that are visible may go un-reported.
The Inspection does not include hazardous materials that may be in or behind the walls, floors or ceilings of the property, whether visible or not. This includes building materials that are now suspected of posing a risk to health such as phenol-formaldehyde and urea-formaldehyde based products, fiberglass insulation and vermiculite insulation. The Inspector does not identify asbestos roofing, siding, wall, ceiling, or floor finishes, insulation or fireproofing. We do not look for lead or other toxic metals in such things as pipes, paint or window coverings.
The Inspection does not deal with environmental hazards such as the past use of insecticides, fungicides, herbicides or pesticides. The Inspector does not look for, or comment on, the past use of chemical termite treatments in or around the property.
We are not responsible for and do not comment on the quality of air in a building. The Inspector does not try to determine if there are irritants, pollutants, contaminants, or toxic materials in or around the building. The Inspection does not includes spores, fungus, mold or mildew including that which may be concealed behind walls or under floors, for example. You should note that whenever there is water damage, there is a possibility that visible or concealed mold or mildew may be present unseen behind a wall, floor or ceiling.
If anyone in the home suffers from allergies or heightened sensitivity to quality of air, we strongly recommend that you consult a qualified Environmental Consultant who can test for toxic materials, mold and allergens.
Your Home Inspector does not look for, and is not responsible for, fuel oil, septic or gasoline tanks that may be buried on the property.
If fuel oil or other storage tanks remain on the property, you may be responsible for their removal and the safe disposal of any contaminated soil. If you suspect there is a buried tank, we strongly recommend that you retain a qualified Environmental Consultant to determine whether this is a potential problem.
We will have no liability for any claim or complaint if conditions have been disturbed, altered, repaired, replaced or otherwise changed before we have had a reasonable time to investigate. The client has agreed to provide the inspector with all information in his possession regarding the property.
The liability of the Home Inspector (and the Home Inspection Company) arising out of this Inspection and Report, for any cause of action whatsoever, whether in contract or in negligence, is limited to a refund of the fees that you have been charged for this Inspection. Any such refund shall be a full and final settlement of all present and future claims and causes of action, which may arise from this Inspection and Report.