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Scope of Services Provided

The Residential Property Inspection the Inspector will perform for Customer (it being understood and agreed that the person or persons signing this Agreement as “Customer(s)” do so on behalf of all those on whose behalf the Inspection and Report is being obtained) is a non-invasive physical and visual observation of the visible portions of the structures, components, features, systems or items on the property identified and described below.

 Based on that observation, the Inspector will provide Customer with an Inspection Report.  This Agreement and all printed and written statements in the Inspection Report define the limited scope of the Residential Property Inspection and the Inspection Report.

 The Inspection Report will inform the Customer of significant visible defects or conditions that were observed at the time of the Residential Property Inspection.  The Inspector will not be obligated to comment upon or disclose conditions that are aesthetic in nature.

 This Residential Property Inspection is limited to a visual examination of the structures, components, features, systems or items that are normally exposed and readily accessible during the time of the Residential Property Inspection.

 The Residential Property Inspection does not contemplate or involve the dismantling, removal or moving of any object or portion of the premises.  Generally, this means that the following major structures, components, features, systems or items will be observed and evaluated to the extent possible under the circumstances: the building’s foundation; subfloor framing; site drainage as it affects the structure(s); electrical system and equipment; plumbing system and fixtures; heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, controls and ducting; water heating; exterior walls, eaves, windows, doors, trim, and appurtenances; roof and gutters; attic; venting; fireplaces and chimneys; interior walls, ceilings, floors and their coverings, stairs, doors, windows.

 Additional property features that may be included in the scope of the Residential Property Inspection, if they are within 12 feet of the primary structure(s), include decks, fencing and paving.  Any minor defects that may be mentioned in the Inspection Report are included as a courtesy only and in no way expand or redefine the scope.

 The inspection will be performed in accordance with the Standards of Practice enclosed with this report or otherwise provided to Customer.

 Inherent, latent and concealed defects and deficiencies are excluded from the Inspection Report.

 Inspector shall have no liability for defects or conditions in structures, components, features, systems or items which are concealed from view or not readily accessible to the Inspector at the time of the Residential Property Inspection, for whatever reason.

 Weather conditions at the time of the Residential Property Inspection may limit the inspection of some structures, components, features, systems or items, or the ability of the Inspector to detect defects, damage or potential for problems.

 The Residential Property Inspection and Inspection Report thereon is not a warranty, guarantee, or insurance policy. The Residential Property Inspection and Inspection Report are not intended and should not be used as a substitute for or relied upon as real estate transfer disclosures, which may be required by law.

Home warranty policies, which include coverage for appliances, electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems are available, if desired.  For information on such insurance, consult a licensed real estate professional.

Your use or reference to the Inspection Report may help you identify some deficiencies in the property that is the subject of this Residential Property Inspection, but it cannot, and is not intended to, eliminate all risk.

 The Residential Property Inspection and the Inspection Report are limited to the real property and do not include any personal property unless otherwise indicated in this Inspection Report.  In the case of those items that are present in multiples in a typical residence, a representative sample of such items (e.g., cabinets, windows, the presence of safety glass in doors and windows, the operation and safety of electrical outlets and switches) is selected and checked.  

No representation is made as to the remaining useful life of any structure, component, feature, system, equipment or item that is covered by this Residential Property Inspection. Maintenance conditions may be discussed, but they are not a part of this Residential Property Inspection.

 The Residential Property Inspection covers only those structures, components, features, systems or items expressly listed in the Inspection Report.  Unless specifically agreed in advance between the Inspector and the Customer, the areas, structures, components, features, systems, equipment, items, risks, hazards or conditions excluded from the Residential Property Inspection and Inspection Report include, but are not limited to the following:

1.        Evaluating or reporting on compliance or non-compliance with: international, state or local building, use, or zoning codes; ordinances; regulations; covenants; charters or other restrictions; requirements of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and similar state or local laws or regulations. Researching, evaluating or reporting on permits and/or their verification. Researching, evaluating or reporting on compliance or non-compliance with set-backs and easements; rights of way; property boundaries; conditions of title; previous ownership(s), events, use or occupancies relative to the subject property.

2.        Seeking, obtaining, evaluating or reporting on information that may be available from any third parties, including but not limited to: sellers, occupants, contractors, consultants, managers, government agencies, attorneys, agents, manufacturers, or homeowner associations. Researching, evaluating or reporting on compliance with manufacturers’ specifications or installation guidelines.

3.        Inspecting, testing, evaluating or reporting on common areas or systems, structures or components thereof, including, but not limited to, those systems, structures or components maintained by a homeowners association or similar common management.

4.        Inspecting, evaluating or reporting on conditions related to animals, rodents, insects, wood-destroying insects or organisms, mold and mildew, or damage(s) caused thereby.

5.        Researching, testing, evaluating or reporting on information and/or conditions pertaining to the history or likelihood of wildfires or floods.

6.        Performing or reporting any form of engineering analysis such as: structural, geological, seismic, hydrological stability, or soil condition and/or erosion evaluations; land surveying; or architectural evaluations.  Performing or reporting any technically exhaustive or technically specialized inspections, evaluations, or tests of any type.  Performing or reporting evaluations regarding the fire-resistive properties of any system, structure or component of the building.  Testing, analysis, evaluation or reporting on unique, custom and/or technically complex systems or devices, such as: heat exchangers; solar and radiant heat performance of buildings; insulative performance; remote control systems; light, motion or pressure sensing devices used in conjunction with lighting and/or security systems; security, emergency or fire safety systems (other than smoke alarms); security bars and/or safety/escape equipment; secured, safety or panic rooms and their systems; seismic safety valves or controls; solar heating and/or solar electric systems; air filters and/or air quality systems; radio-, telephone- or computer-controlled devices or systems; automatic timer controls; elevators, lifts and dumbwaiters; satellite dishes; automatic gates, their sensors and controls; clocks, thermostats, etc.

7.        Researching, inspecting, testing, evaluating or reporting on information and/or conditions pertaining to environmental and health hazards, concerns or conditions, including, but not limited to: toxic, reactive, combustible and corrosive contaminants, such as asbestos, lead, radon, electromagnetic fields, urea formaldehyde, PCB’s, or chlordane; soil quality or contamination; water quality or contamination; underground storage tanks; proximity or other exposure to toxic waste sites; mold or mildew; organic or inorganic allergens; and chemical sensitizers.

8.        Performing or reporting any electrical load calculations.  Testing, evaluation or reporting on low voltage electrical systems, such as TV antennae, TV signal cables, telephones, telephone cables and lines, intercoms, security systems and their wiring, speaker wires, automated equipment, landscape lighting, etc.  Testing, evaluation or reporting on gas shutoff valves. Inspecting for, detection of, or evaluation or reporting of any active or potential gas leaks.

9.        Researching, inspecting, testing, evaluating or reporting on private water or private sewage systems or related equipment, such as wells, septic systems, sewage ejector pumps, water softeners, water purification systems, etc.  Researching, inspecting, testing, evaluating or reporting on fire sprinklers.  Inspecting, testing, evaluating or reporting on landscaping sprinklers and irrigation systems, except as otherwise noted.  Inspecting, testing, evaluating or reporting on swimming pools, spas or hot tubs; fountains, ponds or water features; saunas or steam baths; or similar fixtures and equipment.

10.     Researching, inspecting, evaluating or reporting on building or property line measurements, property value appraisal, and costs for any corrective work that might result from information provided in the Inspection Report or otherwise.  Inspecting, evaluating or reporting on detached ancillary buildings (except for parking structures if included or as otherwise noted in the Inspection Report).

11.     Inspecting, testing, evaluating or reporting on awnings, sun shades/screens, window films or coatings, sealed multi-pane window systems, storm windows, storm doors, shutters, and other such accessories.

12.     Evaluating or reporting on the adequacy, efficiency, durability or quality of any system, structure or component.  Researching, identifying or reporting on any product recalls, reported defects, or similar notices.  Researching, inspecting, identifying or reporting on inherent or latent defects or known impairments to the useful life expectancy of systems, structures or components.

13.     Inspecting, testing, evaluating or reporting on appliances and systems, structures, or components that are not permanently installed and are not typically sold as part of a residential property.  Inspecting, testing, evaluating or reporting on window-mount or through-the-wall air conditioners or gas-powered air conditioners. Inspecting, testing, evaluating or reporting on gas and electrical appliances such as fire pits, barbecues, outside heaters and lamps.

14.     Researching, evaluating or reporting on the desirability, advisability of purchase, the fair market value, or the current or potential marketability of the subject property.  Examining, testing, evaluating or reporting on noise, vibration, odor, light or other nuisance characteristics of any system, structure, or component on the subject property, or of any adjoining or nearby property, neighborhood or region.  Researching, evaluating or reporting on regional weather patterns or animal migratory habits, and/or their potential effects on the subject property and its desirability, marketability or enjoyment.  Researching, identifying, testing, evaluating and/or reporting on any condition located off the subject property that may adversely affect the desirability, marketability or enjoyment of the property, including, but not limited to: railroad tracks and yards; roadways and highways; agricultural, commercial and industrial establishments; and airplane routes or airports.

15.     Inspecting, evaluating or reporting on cosmetic finishes and/or their condition, trees, lawns, landscaping and plants.

16.     Items specifically noted as excluded in the Inspection Report or items not specifically identified as included in the Inspection Report.

Inspecting and reporting on some of the excluded items listed above may be available from Inspector for an additional fee.

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