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HOME INSPECTION AGREEMENT

This agreement is by and between John R. Steitz, LLC. Dba JRS INSPECTIONS herein after called “lNSPECTOR” and CLIENTS NAME hereinafter called "CLIENT." The client hereby authorizes the inspector to perform a limited visual inspection, within the scope set forth in this agreement, under the following terms and conditions. Any subsequent re-Inspections or follow-up inspections are also covered by this Agreement & Clarification. A limited visual inspection is also known as a Standard Inspection.

A.      THE INSPECTOR will provide the client with a Standard Inspection based on the inspector's judgment of conditions at the time of the inspection. Due to the complexity of the elements of the premises and the hundreds of value judgments made by the inspector in a limited time, it is possible that inspector error could occur. The Inspector follows, at a minimum, the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI®). A copy of which is available upon request or can be easily found online.
B.     SEVERABILITY. The Client and the Inspector agree that should a Court of Competent jurisdiction determine that any portion of this agreement is unenforceable, the remaining provisions and portions of this agreement shall remain in full force and effect.
C.      STANDARD ARBITRATION CLAUSE. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this agreement shall, at the discretion of the inspector, be settled by refund of the cost of the inspection or by arbitration in accordance with the Rules and Procedures of the Expedited Arbitration of Home Inspection Disputes of Construction Dispute Resolution Services, LLC.  Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.
The Client agrees to notify the Inspector by telephone and in writing any items in question and to allow the Inspector access to the property to evaluate said items BEFORE any corrective action is taken.
The Client agrees and understands that any repairs or corrective action without consultation with the Inspector relieves the Inspector of any and all liability.
D.      The Inspector will inspect and report only on visible and readily accessible Major elements of the building proper. Systems and their components that are in accessible or are concealed at the time of the inspection (ie. walls, floor coverings, slabs, furniture, low crawl space, inadequate clearances or access, etc.) cannot be adequately inspected and accurately judged. The Inspector will determine Accessibility and Adequacy.
Out of respect for the present owners, the inspector will not perform any dismantling or destructive tests during the inspection. Further, it is understood that this inspection does not cover functional design evaluation, water, air, or soil analysis. The inspector will visually inspect the area above the exterior plumbing systems (ie. septic, well, water, &sewer lines) for readily observable signs of current malfunction or failure. However, since these components are concealed below ground, no conclusive judgment will be made.
It is the responsibility of the client or their representative to secure access to the building or property. Also, vertical access is limited to fourteen feet or the reach of the inspector's ladder.
Kitchen Appliances and Washer and Dryer Appliances that are installed at the time of the inspection will be checked for operability ONLY and upon request ONLY.
E.      EXCLUSIONS to this agreement are; Dehumidifiers, Septic Systems. All appliances and/or systems and/or components that are moveable/portable. Wall or Window AlC units. Playground Equipment. Sprinkler systems, wells for such systems. Low Voltage Equipment, Entertainment Systems, Automation Systems, Security or Com. Systems.
Also, All Perimeter or Decorative Fencing, and Detached Buildings. Storm awnings, or protective shutters. Any fiberglass, aluminum, metal, or other types of manufactured, non-permanent roofing material. Cable and telephone components, pool cleaning equip., etc. Hollow tile and the area beneath them.
Also, All Environmental problems including but not limited to Termites (including termite damage), Rodents or Pest of any kind, Mold or Mildew growth/infestation, Radon Gas, Asbestos, Lead Paint. Refer to the report for any further exclusions. Excluded items may be inspected at the discretion of the inspector or upon prior agreement between the client and inspector.
F.      ATTORNEY'S FEES: If I make a claim against the Inspector for any alleged error, omission or other act arising out of this work and fail to prove such claim, I will pay all attorney's fees, arbitrator's fees, legal expenses and costs incurred by the Inspector in defense of the claim.
G.    The inspector encourages the client to attend the inspection, to participate in the evaluation process and to discuss the condition of the various elements, their expected live spans, the likelihood of future repairs, and the extent of any noted deficiencies. The report alone without this valuable personal involvement does not provide the same depth of information.
H.     The inspector limits the maximum liability due to dissatisfaction, to the cost of the Standard Inspection (See J Below, Item No 1). The Client must bring to attention the problem(s) before any work is performed to receive a refund. The inspector assumes no responsibility for the cost of repairing or replacing any unreported defects or conditions.
I.     The inspection and the report are performed and prepared for the sole, confidential use and distribution of the Client. The Report and Contents are the property of the inspector. The inspector assumes NO responsibility or liability to any third parties in connection with the inspection or report. The report is non-transferable.
The client agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the inspector for all costs; expenses and legal fees incurred and arising out of any legal proceedings brought by ANY third party who claims he/she relied on representations made in this inspection and was damaged thereby.

J.      THE FEE for this limited inspection is ($REFER TO INVOICE), which is due in full upon completion of the physical inspection. If other arrangements are to be made, please note them here. FULL PAYMENT IS DUE UPON COMPLETION OF PHYSICAL INSPECTION.  Paid By:  Credit Card ☐     Check ☐ No.    Cash ☐
1. Standard Inspection: $ REFER TO INVOICE
2. Limited Pool Inspection: $00.00
3. Additional Services: $ REFER TO INVOICE

 

   
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