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Please read this contract, as it is a preliminary review of the contract you will be required to sign at the time of inspection.   

 

 

Home Inspection Contract                 

Detection Inspection, Inc. agrees to perform a visual inspection and give a written professional opinion as to the condition of the listed property. 

The inspection and report will be performed in accordance with the Standards of Practice of the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board. 

The purpose and scope of the inspection is to provide the client with a better understanding of the property conditions as observed at the time of the inspection. The intent of the inspection is to alert the client to major visually observed structural, mechanical, and functional deficiencies of the property listed. Be advised that the condition of the property may change before your occupancy. 

The inspection is not intended to be technically exhaustive, since it is a general home inspection. Questions during the inspection are encouraged so that specific concerns the client may have can be addressed. Further evaluation by a qualified and licensed specialist may be necessary. 

The inspection excludes detached structures, accessory water features, accessory equipment, and all associated components. 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE CLIENT(S) TO UNDERSTAND:

  Inspection fee is due and payable at time of inspection, and is based on a single visit to the property. Additional fees will be charged for subsequent visits requested by the client.

  The inspection is not a guarantee or warranty of any kind.

  The inspection does not address code or regulatory compliance.

  The inspection excludes the determination of property line boundaries and common elements or common areas in multiunit housing, such as condominium properties or cooperative housing.

  The inspection excludes, but not limited to, the testing of, or determining the presence of, ASBESTOS, LEAD PAINT, MOLD, RADON GAS, UREA FORMALDEHYDE, WOOD DESTROYING INSECTS/ORGANISMS, DISEASES HARMFUL TO HUMANS, or  AIR, WATER, and SOIL CONTAMINATION. The client is urged to contact a qualified and licensed specialist, if desired.

  Items that are not visible cannot be inspected. Furnishings/personal items are not moved to gain access to items.

  Detection Inspection, Inc. does not offer repair estimates. It is the responsibility of the client to obtain true and binding repair estimates from qualified licensed contractors.

  The inspection does not address cosmetic defects or items considered normal wear or characteristic to property.

  Detection Inspection, Inc. shall not be held responsible nor liable for the failure to discover latent defects or for problems which occur or become evident after the inspection time. No invasive or destructive testing will be conducted.

  Detection Inspection, Inc. shall not be held responsible nor liable for any repairs or replacements with regard to this property, personal or otherwise, beyond inspection fee collected.

  All claims must be presented within one year from the date of inspection. Detection Inspection, Inc. is not liable for any claim presented more than one year after the date of inspection.

  In the event a dispute arises regarding the inspection, the client agrees to notify Detection Inspection Inc., so as to give a reasonable opportunity to re-inspect the property. Client further agrees to allow Detection Inspection Inc., to conduct a re-inspection itself or employ others to re-inspect the property, or both.

  In the event the client files suit against Detection Inspection, Inc., or its inspector(s), the client agrees to pay all company legal fees, expert Witness  fees, court costs, deposition fees, and all other expenses incurred by Detection Inspection, Inc., or its inspector(s) if client fails to prevail in the lawsuit.

  The inspection report is incorporated and made a part of this contract, and shall be enforced as if fully set forth herein.

  The inspection report is prepared exclusively for the client named and is not transferable to anyone in any form. Client gives authorization to Detection Inspection, Inc. and its inspector(s) to discuss report findings with realtors, specialists, or contractors for the sake of clarification.

  The client is contractually obligated to read the entire report and follow through with the recommendations on the report, prior to close of escrow.

  This contract and limit of liability is binding upon the client, its heirs, successors and assigns, and all other parties claiming by or through the client.

 

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SCOPE OF INSPECTION

The scope of inspection is furnished to you as part of the inspection process so that you may better understand the nature of the inspection performed on the areas and components contained within the report.

We urge you to read the entire home inspection contract, scope of inspection, and limitations/exclusions, for clarification and expectations of the inspection process.

A complete print of the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board is available at (www.nchilb.com).

The inspection report covers all items listed within the Standards of Practice of the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board (NCHILB), and the report information is based on the present condition of those items. Only items of concern and information comments will be documented. Reference to any item not within scope of inspection is for information only and does not bring that item into the scope of inspection. It is the inspector’s sole discretion as to the safety of any given situation or the accessibility to any area during the inspection.

Be advised that the condition of the property may change before you take occupancy. We strongly urge a thorough walk through before closing to discover any changes in equipment or to inspect any areas not accessible when the inspection was performed.

Please remember that older houses may not meet the same standards as newer houses, even though items in both might be performing the function for which they were intended.

The property is expected to be available with utilities turned on, and accessible for inspection on the day and time arranged.

 

AS PART OF YOUR HOME INSPECTION THE INSPECTOR WILL INSPECT THE FOLLOWING AREAS, AND REPORT ITEMS OF CONCERN, EXCEPT AN AREA THAT HAS BEEN EXCLUDED FROM OUR SERVICES AS AGREED UPON WITH YOU, OUR CLIENT.

 EXCLUDED SYSTEMS/COMPONENTS ARE DOCUMENTED ON PAGE 1 OF THIS HOME INSPECTION CONTRACT.

 .1106) STRUCTURAL components inspected include, 1) foundation; 2) floors; 3) walls; 4) columns/piers; 5) ceilings; 6) roofs

 .1107) EXTERIOR components inspected include, 1) wall cladding, flashing, and trim; 2) entryway doors and a representative number of windows; 3) garage door operators; 4) decks, balconies, stoops, steps, areaways, porches, and railings; 5) eaves, soffits, and fascias; 6) driveways, patios, walkways, and retaining walls; 7) vegetation, grading, and drainage, only with respect to their effect on the condition of the building 

.1108) ROOFING components inspected include, 1) roof coverings; 2) roof drainage systems; 3) flashings; 4) skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations; 5) signs of leaks or abnormal condensation on building components

 .1109) PLUMBING components inspected include, 1) piping materials, including supports and insulation, fixtures and faucets, functional flow, leaks, and cross connections; 2) traps, drain, waste, and vent piping, including supports, insulation, leaks, and functional drainage; 3) water heating equipment, normal operating controls, automatic safety controls, and chimneys, flues, and vents; 4) fuel storage and distribution systems, including: interior equipment, supply piping, venting, supports and leaks; 5) sump pumps

 .1110) ELECTRICAL components inspected include, 1) service entrance conductors; 2) service equipment, grounding equipment, main overcurrent device, main and distribution panels; 3) amperage and voltage rating of the service; 4) branch circuit conductors, their overcurrent devices, and the compatibility of their ampacities; 5) the operation of a representative number of installed ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles located inside the house, garage, and on the exterior walls; 6) the polarity and grounding of all receptacles within 6 feet of interior plumbing fixtures, and all receptacles in the garage or carport, and on the exterior of inspected structures; 7) operation of ground fault circuit interrupters; 8) smoke detectors

 .1111) HEATING system components inspected include, 1) heating equipment; 2) normal operating controls; 3) automatic safety controls; 4) chimneys, flues, and vents; 5) solid fuel heating devices; 6) distribution systems, including fans, pumps, ducts, piping, supports, insulation, air filters, registers, radiators, fan coil units, convectors; 7) the presence or absence of an installed heat source in each habitable space 

.1112) AIR CONDITIONING (COOLING) system components inspected include, 1) cooling and air handling equipment; 2) normal operating controls; 3) distribution systems; 4) presence or absence of an installed cooling source in each habitable space

 .1113) INTERIOR components inspected include, 1) walls, ceilings, and floors; 2) steps, stairways, balconies, and railings; 3) counters and a representative number of cabinets; 4) a representative number of doors and windows

 .1114) INSULATION & VENTILATION components inspected include, 1) insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces; 2) ventilation of attics and foundation areas; 3) kitchen, bath, and laundry venting systems; 4) the operation of any readily accessible attic ventilation fan, and when temperature permits, the operation of any readily accessible thermostatic control 

.1115) BUILT-IN KITCHEN APPLIANCES inspected include, 1) dishwasher; 2) range, cooktop, and oven; 3) trash compactor; 4) garbage disposal; 5) ventilation equipment or range hood; 6) permanently installed microwave oven

 

.1104) GENERAL LIMITATIONS

(A) Home inspections done in accordance with this Section are visual and are not technically exhaustive; (B) This Section applies to buildings with four or fewer dwelling units, and individually owned residential units within multi-family buildings, and their attached garages or carports

 

.1105) GENERAL EXCLUSIONS

(A) Home inspectors are not required to report on:  1) Life expectancy of any component or system; 2) The causes of the need for a repair; 3) The methods, materials, and costs of corrections; 4) The suitability of the property for any specialized use; 5) Compliance or non-compliance with codes, ordinances, statutes, regulatory requirements or restrictions; 6) The market value of the property or its marketability;

7) The advisability or inadvisability of purchase of the property; 8) Any component or system that was not inspected;

9) The presence or absence of pests such as wood damaging organisms, rodents, or insects; 10) Cosmetic damage, underground items, or items not permanently installed

(B) Home inspectors are not required to:  1) Offer warranties or guarantees of any kind; 2) Calculate the strength, adequacy, or efficiency of any system or component; 3) Enter any area or perform any procedure that may damage the property or its components or be dangerous to or adversely affect the health or safety of the home inspector or other persons; 4) Operate any system or component that is shut down or otherwise inoperable; 5) Operate any system or component that does not respond to normal operating controls; 6) Move personal items, panels, furniture, equipment, plant life, soil, snow, ice, or debris that obstructs access or visibility; 7) Determine the presence or absence of any suspected adverse environmental condition or hazardous substance, including toxins, carcinogens, noise, contaminants in the building or in soil, water, and air; 8) Determine the effectiveness of any system installed to control or remove suspected hazardous substances; 9) Predict future condition, including failure of components; 10) Project operating costs of components; 11) Evaluate acoustical characteristics of any system or component; 12) Inspect special equipment or accessories that are not listed as components to be inspected in this Section; 13) Disturb insulation, except as required in Rule .1114 of this Section

(C) Home inspectors shall not:  1) Offer or perform any act or service contrary to law; 2) Offer or perform engineering, architectural, plumbing, electrical or any other job function requiring an occupational license in the jurisdiction where the inspection is taking place, unless the home inspector holds a valid occupational license, in which case the home inspector shall inform the client that the home inspector is so licensed, and therefore qualified to go beyond this section and perform additional inspections beyond those within the scope of the NCHILB Standards of Practice

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