A home inspection is usually a general, visual inspection of the house and its appurtenances. An inspection report should cover the major systems of the house: structural, plumbing, electric, heating and cooling, general interior, insulation, ventilation, siding, windows, doors, roofs and attached garages. The agreement should make it clear that the home inspection report is an educated opinion, and not a guarantee or warranty.
Agreement with Home Inspector Agreement made on the (date), between (Name of Client) of (street address, city, county, state, zip code), referred to herein as Client, and (Name of Home Inspector), a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of (name of state), with its principal office located at (street address, city, county, state, zip code), referred to herein as Inspector. Whereas, Inspector is a licensed (or certified) home inspector in the State of (e.g., state where property located); and Whereas Client desires to hire and retain Inspector to inspect Client’s house located at (street address, city, county, state, zip code), hereinafter called House; Now, therefore, for and in consideration of the mutual covenants contained in this agreement, and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties agree as follows: I. Said inspection shall be a general, visual inspection of House and its appurtenances, and will cover inspection of the major systems of the house such as: structural, plumbing, electric, heating and cooling, general interior, insulation, ventilation, siding, windows, doors, roofs and attached any attached garages. A wood destroying organism report (sometimes called a pest and dry rot) shall not be included, nor will any inspection be made of septic systems, wells, underground piping, swimming pools and other items that are not considered part of the main structure of House. II. The resulting inspection report (Report) from Inspector to Client shall be an educated opinion, and not a guarantee or any sort of warranty from Inspector to Client or any assignee or other third party who may rely on Report. Report does not guarantee that House is sound or that Client or his successors in title will never encounter any problems with House in the future. Some deficiencies can only be found by tearing apart the structure, which Inspector shall not do. Inspector shall not move furniture, rugs or other obstacles or inspect areas which are inaccessible (e.g., wall interiors, wet crawl spaces, steep or wet roofs, etc.). III. Inspector shall perform a visual inspection of the House and provide Client with a written inspection report (Report) identifying the defects that Inspector both observed and deemed material. Inspector may offer other comments as a courtesy, but these comments will not comprise the Report. IV. Unless otherwise inconsistent with this Agreement or not possible, Inspector agrees to perform the inspection in accordance to the current Standards of Practice of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors. Client understands that these standards contain certain limitations, exceptions, and exclusions. Unless otherwise indicated below, Client understands that Inspector shall not be testing for the presence of Radon, a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that may be harmful to humans. V. The inspection and the resulting Report is being performed and prepared for the use of Client, who hereby gives Inspector permission to discuss observations with real estate agents, purchasers, repairmen, and other interested parties. Inspector accepts no responsibility for use or misinterpretation by third parties. Inspector’s inspection of House and the accompanying Report are in no way intended to be a guarantee or warranty, express or implied, regarding the future use, operability, habitability or suitability of the House or its components. Any and all warranties, express or implied, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, are expressly disclaimed and excluded by this Agreement to the fullest extent allowed by the law of (Name of State). If any structure or portion of any structure that is to be inspected pursuant to this Agreement, is a log home, log structure or similar log construction, Client understands that such structures have unique characteristics that make it impossible for an inspector to inspect and evaluate them by an exterior visual inspection. Therefore, the scope of the inspection to be performed pursuant to this Agreement does not include decay of the interior of logs in log walls, log foundations or roofs or similar defects that are not visible by an exterior visual inspection. VI. Also excluded from inspection and Report is any inspection of any systems or items not specifically included in the Report including but not limited to the following: any information pertaining to any manufacturer’s recall of any components, fences, detached buildings or equipment, the presence of insects or other pests, low voltage systems, furnace heat exchangers, fireplace inserts, swimming pools, saunas, spas, whirlpool and hot tub systems, septic systems and cisterns, ponds, fountains, private underground, water volume and quality, passive and active solar systems, lightning arrest systems, fire sprinkler systems, irrigation or water conditioning systems, any component or system which is underground, audi
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