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In honor of Adam Seals, Mitchell Seals
for serving our country in Afghanistan

Henry Sobczak

(NJ24GI00010300)

 

 

 

Member of NACHI, National Association of Certified Home Inspectors

 

NJ Home Inspector License #3

 

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Service Areas;    
New Jersey Counties..... Sussex-Passaic-Bergen-Hudson-Essex-Union-Somerset-Middlesex & Monmouth
   
Pennsylvania Counties......Carbon-Northhampton-Lehigh-Bucks

 

 

State Of New Jersey Home Inspector License #(NJ24GI00010300)

State of New Jersey Radon Technician #MET11035

973-423-0786

Inspecting Properties Since 1988

"My inspections are meant to educate you, the buyer, as to the conditions of the property you are purchasing. It's actually an educational experience"

"When I do your home inspection,

I go through the house as if I'm buying it, which means you get a very thorough inspection and a really comprehensive report"

Prior contracting business in the 80's in residential construction, alterations and renovations

 and a prior home inspection instructor for about 7 years, which translates into years of experience in all aspects of residential construction...to better serve you

 

Scheduling Inspections 7 Days A Week for Your Convenience

   
 

Services available; 

 

- Home/Building/Structural Inspections -

- Wood Destroying Insect Inspection - 

- Radon Testing - 

- Lead Paint Testing (outside vendor)

- Septic System Inspections (outside vendor)

- Oil Tank Testing (outside vendor)

 - Commercial Building Inspections (size limited)- 

- Multi-Family Dwelling Inspections

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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A "Standard Home Inspection" Includes;

 
 

On the Outside;

 
     
Soil Grading* & Drainage* Sidewalks / Steps* Decks*/ Railings
Retainer Walls Porches Chimneys
Gutters / Leaders* Windows / Doors Roof* / Flashing*
Siding / Trim Driveway Garage
Patios General Concerns for Safety Carport
     
 

On the Inside;

 
     
Attic Structure*/Framing* Insulation* / Ventilation* Walls / Ceilings / Floors
Cabinets / Counters Bathroom Fixtures Room by Room Analysis
Crawl Space Basement Water Seepage Issues
Heating System* Air Conditioning* Hot Water Heaters
Electrical System* Random Outlet Testing Plumbing System*
  General Concerns for Safety  
     
  ( * ) indicates weather permitting and/or where visible  
     
     

 

 

 

New Jersey Standards of Practice                                                                     NACHI Standards of Practice

 

For your reference

Standards of Practice

The Standards of Practice guides home inspectors in the performance of their inspections. Subject to regular review, the Standards of Practice reflects information gained through surveys of conditions in the field and of the consumers’ interests and concerns.

1. INTRODUCTION

The purpose of the Standards of Practice is to establish a minimum and uniform standard for home inspectors who subscribe to these Standards of Practice. Home inspections performed to these Standards of Practice are intended to provide the client with objective information regarding the condition of the systems and components of the home as inspected at the time of the home inspection. Redundancy in the description of the requirements, limitations, and exclusions regarding the scope of the home inspection is provided for emphasis only.

2. PURPOSE AND SCOPE

2.2 Inspectors shall:

A. inspect readily accessible, visually observable, installed systems and components as listed in these Standards of Practice.

B. report:

1. those systems and components inspected that, in the professional judgment of the inspector, are not functioning properly, significantly deficient, unsafe, or are near the end of their service lives.

2. recommendations to correct, or monitor for future correction, the deficiencies reported in 2.2.C.1, or items needing further evaluation. (Per Exclusion 13.2.A.)

3. reasoning or explanation as to the nature of the deficiencies reported in 2.2.C.1, that are not self-evident.

4. systems and components designated for inspection in these Standards of Practice that were present at the time of the home inspection but were not inspected and the reason(s) they were not inspected.

5. inspectors are NOT required to determine methods, materials, or costs of corrections.

2.3 These Standards of Practice are not intended to limit inspectors from:

A. including other inspection services or systems and components in addition to those required in Section 2.2.B.

B. designing or specifying repairs, provided the inspector is appropriately qualified and willing to do so.

C. excluding systems and components from the inspection if requested by the client.

3. STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS

3.1 The inspector shall:

A. inspect:

1. structural components including the foundation and framing.

2. by probing a representative number of structural components where deterioration is suspected or where clear

indications of possible deterioration exist. Probing is NOT required when probing would damage any finished

surface or where no deterioration is visible or presumed to exist.

B. describe:

1. the methods used to inspect under-floor crawl spaces and attics.

2. the foundation.

3. the floor structure.

4. the wall structure.

5. the ceiling structure.

6. the roof structure.

3.2 The inspector is NOT required to:

A. provide any engineering or architectural services or analysis.

B. offer an opinion as to the adequacy of any structural system or component.

4. EXTERIOR

4.1 The inspector shall:

A. inspect:

1. siding, flashing and trim.

2. all exterior doors.

3. attached or adjacent decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings.

4. eaves, soffits, and fascias where accessible from the ground level.

5. vegetation, grading, surface drainage, and retaining walls that are likely to adversely affect the building.

6. adjacent or entryway walkways, patios, and driveways.

4. EXTERIOR

4.1 The inspector shall:

B. describe:

1. siding.

4.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect:

A. screening, shutters, awnings, and similar seasonal accessories.

B. fences.

C. geological and/or soil conditions.

D. recreational facilities.

E. outbuildings other than garages and carports.

F. seawalls, break-walls, and docks.

G. erosion control and earth stabilization measures.

5. ROOFING

5.1 The inspector shall:

A. inspect:

1. roofing materials.

2. roof drainage systems.

3. flashing.

4. skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations.

B. describe:

1. roofing materials.

2. methods used to inspect the roofing.

5.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect:

A. antennae.

B. interiors of flues or chimneys that are not readily accessible.

C. other installed accessories.

6. PLUMBING

6.1 The inspector shall:

 A. inspect:

1. interior water supply and distribution systems including all fixtures and faucets.

2. drain, waste, and vent systems including all fixtures.

3. water heating equipment and hot water supply system.

4. vent systems, flues, and chimneys.

5. fuel storage and fuel distribution systems.

6. drainage sumps, sump pumps, and related piping.

B. describe:

1. water supply, drain, waste, and vent piping materials.

2. water heating equipment including energy source(s).

3. location of main water and fuel shut-off valves.

6.2 The inspector is NOT required to:

A. inspect:

1. clothes washing machine connections.

2. interiors of flues or chimneys that are not readily accessible.

3. wells, well pumps, or water storage related equipment.

4. water conditioning systems.

5. solar water heating systems.

6. fire and lawn sprinkler systems.

7. private waste disposal systems.

B. determine:

1. whether water supply and waste disposal systems are public or private.

2. water supply quantity or quality.

3. operate automatic safety controls or manual stop valves.

7. ELECTRICAL

7.1 The inspector shall:

A. inspect:

1. service drop.

2. service entrance conductors, cables, and raceways.

3. service equipment and main disconnects.

4. service grounding.

5. interior components of service panels and sub panels.

6. conductors.

7. over current protection devices.

8. a representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles.

9. ground fault circuit interrupters.

B. describe:

1. amperage and voltage rating of the service.

2. location of main disconnect(s) and sub panels.

3. presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring.

4. presence or absence of smoke detectors.

5. wiring methods.

7.2 The inspector is NOT required to

A. inspect:

1. remote control devices

2. alarm systems and components.

3. low voltage wiring systems and components.

4. ancillary wiring systems and components. not a part of the primary electrical power distribution system.

B. measure amperage, voltage, or impedance.

8. HEATING

8.1 The inspector shall:

A. open readily openable access panels.

B. inspect:

1. installed heating equipment.

2. vent systems, flues, and chimneys

C. describe:

1. energy source(s).

2. heating systems.

8.2 The inspector is NOT required to:

A. inspect:

1. interiors of flues or chimneys that are not readily accessible.

2. heat exchangers.

3. humidifiers or dehumidifiers.

4. electronic air filters.

5. solar space heating systems.

B. determine heat supply adequacy or distribution balance.

9. AIR CONDITIONING

9.1 The inspector shall:

A. open readily openable access panels.

B. inspect:

1. central and through-wall equipment.

2. distribution systems.

C. describe:

1. energy source(s).

2. cooling systems.

9.2 The inspector is NOT required to:

 B. inspect:

A. inspect electronic air filters.

B. determine cooling supply adequacy or distribution balance.

C. inspect window air conditioning units

 

10. INTERIORS

10.1 The inspector shall inspect:

B. inspect:

A. walls, ceilings, and floors.

B. steps, stairways, and railings.

C. countertops and a representative number of installed cabinets.

D. a representative number of doors and windows.

E. garage doors and garage door operators.

10.2 The inspector is NOT required to inspect:

B. inspect:

A. paint, wallpaper, and other finish treatments.

B. carpeting.

C. window treatments.

D. central vacuum systems.

E. household appliances.

F. recreational facilities.

 

11. INSULATION & VENTILATION

11.1 The inspector shall:

A. inspect:

1. insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces.

2. ventilation of attics and foundation areas.

3. mechanical ventilation systems.

B. describe:

1. insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces.

2. absence of insulation in unfinished spaces at conditioned surfaces

11.2 The inspector is NOT required to disturb insulation.

See 13.2.A.11 and 13.2.A.12.

12. FIREPLACES AND SOLID FUEL BURNING APPLIANCES

12.1 The inspector shall:

A. inspect:

1. system components.

2. chimney and vents.

B. describe:

1. fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances.

2. chimneys.

12.2 The inspector is NOT required to:

A. inspect:

1. interiors of flues or chimneys.

2. firescreens and doors.

3. seals and gaskets.

4. automatic fuel feed devices.

5. mantles and fireplace surrounds.

6. combustion make-up air devices.

7. heat distribution assists (gravity fed and fan assisted).

B. ignite or extinguish fires.

C. determine draft characteristics.

D. move fireplace inserts and stoves or firebox contents

13. GENERAL LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS

13.1 General limitations:

A. The inspector is NOT required to perform any action or make any determination not specifically stated in these Standards of  Practice.

B. Inspections performed in accordance with these Standards of Practice:

2. are not required to identify concealed. conditions, latent defects, or consequential damage(s).

C. These Standards of Practice are applicable to buildings with four or fewer dwelling units and their garages or carports.

 

13.2 GENERAL EXCLUSIONS

A. Inspectors are NOT required to determine:

1. conditions of systems or components that are not readily accessible.

2. remaining life expectancy of any system or component.

3. strength, adequacy, effectiveness, or efficiency of any system or component.

4. the causes of any condition or deficiency.

5. methods, materials, or costs of corrections.

6. future conditions including but not limited to failure of systems and components.

7. the suitability of the property for any specialized use.

8. compliance with regulatory requirements (codes, regulations, laws, ordinances, etc.).

9. market value of the property or its marketability.

10. the advisability of purchase of the property.

11. the presence of potentially hazardous plants or animals including, but not limited to, wood destroying organisms or diseases harmful to humans including molds or mold-like substances.

12. the presence of any environmental hazards including, but not limited to, toxins, carcinogens, noise, and contaminants in soil, water, and air.

13. the effectiveness of any system installed or method utilized to control or remove suspected hazardous substances.

14. operating costs of systems or components.

15. acoustical properties of any system or component.

16. soil conditions relating to geotechnical or hydrologic specialties.

B. Inspectors are NOT required to offer:

1. or perform any act or service contrary to law.

2. or perform engineering services.

3. or perform any trade or any professional. service other than home inspection.

4. warranties or guarantees of any kind.

C. Inspectors are NOT required to operate:

1. any system or component that is shut down or otherwise inoperable.

2. any system or component that does not respond to normal operating controls.

3. shut-off valves or manual stop valves.

 D. Inspectors are NOT required to enter:

1. any area that will, in the opinion of the inspector, likely be dangerous to the inspector or other persons or damage the property or its systems or components.

2. under-floor crawl spaces or attics that are not readily accessible.

E. Inspectors are NOT required to inspect:

1. underground items including but not limited to underground storage tanks or other underground indications of their presence, whether abandoned

 or active.

2. items that are not installed.

3. installed decorative items.

4. items in areas that are not entered in accordance with 13.2.D.

5. detached structures other than garages and carports.

6. common elements or common areas in multi-unit housing, such as condominium properties or cooperative housing.

F. Inspectors are NOT required to:

1. perform any procedure or operation that will, in the opinion of the inspector, likely be dangerous to the inspector or other persons or damage the property or its systems or components.

2. describe or report on any system or component that is not included in these Standards and was not inspected.

3. move personal property, furniture, equipment, plants, soil, snow, ice, or debris.

4. dismantle any system or component, except as explicitly required by these Standards of Practice.

        

          

 

 

 

The scope of this inspection is a limited, non-invasive, visual inspection of the home, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 13:40-15.16. The inspector must follow these regulations, otherwise is subject to disciplinary actions set forth by the New Jersey Home Inspection Advisory Committee. Client understands that the home inspection is not technically exhaustive and does not identify/assess concealed conditions or latent defects and as outlined in N.J.A.C. 13:40-15.19. This inspection does not warranty nor guaranty longevity and/or future operation/conditions of any of the items/systems found on the property. The subsequent report is intended to be used as a source of information regarding conditions of the inspected property as they exist on the date of inspection only, and is not intended to be used as a tool for negotiating the purchase price. Remember, conditions of the home/property you are buying and/or it’s contents, can actually change as early as the day after your home inspection, your final walk through is your last chance to check things out. Feel free to call us if needed.

The following text describes limitations, terms and conditions;

1. Fuel storage tanks- whether under ground, above ground, or installed in basements or crawl spaces, are beyond the scope of this inspection. If your perspective purchased property has a fuel storage tank, hire a contractor that specializes in this area to determine the condition of this item. Details/information of any fuel conversions should be verified/confirmed prior to closing. Many fuel conversions require relining of the interior of the chimney. Obtain a chimney sweep to determine the conditions of the interior of the chimney.

 

2. Wood Destroying insects- If a wood destroying insect inspection is desired, discovery of wood destroying insects is limited to readily accessible/visible areas only. Under no circumstances can the inspector dismantle/disassemble any parts, areas, components of the home/building, which includes but is not limited to; trim, wall coverings, floor coverings, siding, ceilings including suspended ceilings of any type, as well as tiled ceilings, insulation, drywall, plaster walls/ceilings, personal possessions, storage, equipment and furniture. Assessing extent of damage from wood destroying insects is beyond the scope of this inspection.

 

3. Radon testing- is always recommended, regardless of the date of previous testing, if any. Since Radon levels and regulations are constantly changing and fluctuating, annual testing is advised to monitor levels. If your property is located at the second floor or higher, a Radon test may not be necessary. You may wish to contact the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection at 1-800-648-0394 (from within NJ only) or visit www.radata.com for further information regarding Radon and Radon testing. Test your home at least every year. If your inspection included Radon testing, your payment only covers one (1) Radon test and one (1) attempt for canister retrieval.  All reasonable attempts will be made to retrieve the canister. If the situation arises where we can not pickup the Radon canister due to circumstances beyond our control, and the canister is deemed "overexposed", than an additional fee of $125 will be charged for another test if another test is desired

 

4.Soil grading- evaluation is limited to surface grading only and does not include geological conditions and/or movement, site stability, water table, curtain drains, swales or sink holes of any kind. You may wish to contact the local municipality for information regarding the natural water table of this area. You may wish to hire a geologist or soils engineer for soil sampling/testing or for further evaluation of the property.

 

5. Water seepage- Discovery of water seepage/damage is based on visual observations only and does not include concealed/inaccessible areas. Determination of the extent of damage from water seepage, regardless of source, is beyond the scope of this inspection. Estimation of future water seepage/damage is beyond the scope of this inspection.

 

6. Settlement cracking- Settlement cracking is common in any structure, however, determination/estimation of future settlement cracking as result of any structural movement and/or failure is beyond the scope of this inspection. Structural cracking requires further evaluation by a licensed structural engineer or architect. Finished/covered/obstructed areas may hide cracking which is inaccessible for observation/evaluation.

 

7. Roof evaluation- Not all roofs can not be walked on for evaluation due to safety concerns and/or shingle damage may occur if certain roofs are walked on. The inspector reserves the right to determine if conditions permit walking the roof for evaluation of the roof and/or shingles. Binoculars may be used for evaluation as substitute. Multi layered roofs are generally more expensive to replace and can hide a multitude of defects that may be unobservable at the time of inspection. Multi-layered roofs also create additional stress/weight to the rafters, beyond the original design capabilities, which can result in cracked rafters and/or roof sheathing sags. Since every square inch of the roof can not be checked, comments regarding the roof, is based on an "overall view". Tiny cracks or holes in the roof can develop at any time during the life of the roof  causing the roof to leak. Periodic observation and maintenance is required for any roof.

 

7a. Exterior Siding-  Older cementitious tile siding, historically, contained some degree of asbestos. Only a qualified laboratory con confirm the presence or absence of asbestos. Generally, residing the house does not mean you have to remove these tiles as most contractors reside directly over the existing siding. Obtain further information from your municipality regarding code compliance and/or other special requirements and/or permits.

Older stucco siding requires regular, routine observation, maintenance and/or repair. Neglected areas can produce problematic conditions regarding water/moisture damage, mold/mildew and/or structural concerns. If your house has EIFS siding, you should obtain a specialist for evaluation prior to closing.

 

8. Gutters & Leaders- Gutter/leader systems and/or roof drainage systems are not water tested for leakage or blockage. Determining future water damage from gutters/leaders and/or common ice damning is beyond the scope of this inspection. Clogged gutters can cause water damage to neighboring components, cleaning gutters and leaders is recommended prior to occupancy as well as periodic cleaning after you take possession of the home. Underground drainage systems, and/or concealed/inaccessible/obstructed piping is beyond the scope of this inspection.

 

9. Fire ratings- Determining the fire rating of any item in the home is beyond the scope of this inspection. If you have an attached garage, installing a fire rated metal entry door is advised, as well as installing a carbon monoxide detector. Verify the municipal code requirements with the local municipality.

 

10. Toxic substances- Determining the presence of asbestos, lead paint, urea-formaldehyde insulation and/or other hazardous materials, including the chemical composition of pressure treated lumber, is beyond the scope of this inspection. Any references made regarding these materials is based on a visual observation only. Confirmation of these substances can only be done by a qualified laboratory. Lead paint was commonly used in homes built before 1978, obtain a qualified contractor for a lead paint inspection. Also, plaster walls may have some degree of asbestos/lead, testing is advised prior to closing

 

11. Windows/Doors- Determining the efficiency of windows and doors and/or heat loss analysis from single pane windows or thermo pane windows, or other openings in walls, is beyond the scope of this inspection. It is recommended that you properly seal all openings with the appropriate caulking and method. The overall ratings of windows/doors is based on the representative amount of windows and doors that were accessible to operate. Determining safety issues regarding shower/tub glass and glass skylights, is beyond the scope of this inspection.

 

12. Water containment items Determining the waterproof ability, leakage or blockage, of shower pans, tubs or other water containment items and/or future performance is beyond the scope of this inspection. Periodic observation and/or water proofing is advised in all wet areas of the home.

 

13. Limited observations of walls/ceiling/floors- Wall conditions beneath wallpaper, paneling, or wall coverings of any kind can not be determined. Conditions above suspended ceilings, tiled, tongue and groove ceilings or tin ceilings can not be determined without some degree of disassembling; the inspector can not disassemble any portion/section/item of the home. Conditions of floors beneath floor coverings of any kind can not be determined. Check these areas at your final walk through.

 

14. Low voltage systems- Accuracy, adequacy, operation or the calibration of any appliances, thermostats and/or equipment, including any low-voltage systems, is beyond the scope of this inspection. Appliances may be checked for operation at the time of inspection as courtesy, however, there is no representation, expressed or implied, as to the future operation of those appliances tested.

 

15. Ancillary systems- Including, but not limited to, solar, geo-thermal or any other non-conventional heating units, battery backup systems, or backup generators are not part of this inspection. Obtain information from the current owner or the manufacturer regarding operation and maintenance of these systems. Estimation of life expectancies of any item/system is beyond the scope of this inspection

 

16. Heating systems- Heating systems are not dismantled to determine conditions of internal components. This procedure can only be done by a qualified technician/contractor. If pilot lights are off at the time of inspection, the inspector can not light the pilot light and a full evaluation, of that system, can not be completed. During the summer months, heating units can not be fully tested due to ambient temperatures. Check this item at your final walk through or when weather permitting. Consult your attorney to include a contingency in your contract if the heating system can not be fully tested. Electronic air cleaners, humidifiers/dehumidifiers or any ancillary system, are not part of this inspection. Installing a carbon monoxide detector and smoke detectors is advised, check with the local municipality regarding placement of detectors.

 

17. Air conditioning systems- Air conditioner pressure tests are not performed, nor is the unit dismantled to inspect internal components, only a qualified air conditioner contractor/technician can perform this type of testing. During the cold weather months, air conditioners, whether installed wall units or central air conditioning systems can not be tested due to ambient temperatures. Check this item at your final walk through or when weather permitting. Many attic units have limited access and may not be evaluated due to unsafe conditions, excessive storage, or inadequate access. Consult your attorney to include a contingency in your contract if the air conditioning system can not be tested. Determining adequacy of air conditioning systems is beyond the scope of this inspection.

 

18. Concealed piping- Concealed piping can not be evaluated for integrity, leaks, corrosion or possible root intrusions. It is recommended that all piping be cleaned out prior to usage. Obtain a qualified contractor for this task.

 

19. Water supply/quality- Water quality, purity, or testing for hazardous conditions, such as lead content or lead paint, is not part of this inspection. If a lead supply line is present, it is recommended that you obtain water testing. Water testing is also advised if your property has a private well and/or a septic system. If the property has a septic system, a septic open-pit inspection is advised regardless of the age of the system.

 

20. Product recalls/defects or similar notices- Product recalls are not addressed due to the overwhelming number of recalled products in today’s market. You may wish to visit the Consumer Product Safety Commissions web site for specific information regarding the product in question.

 

21. Report is non-transferable- The report is non-transferable and is intended to describe conditions of the home or property, as of the day of inspection only. Conditions of and/or performance of any system/items of the home, including maintenance type issues, subsequent to the day of inspection, are not possible to determine. Some damage to the home may occur during the actual moving out/in process. Be sure to check areas prone to damage at your final walk through and be cognizant of these areas when moving in. Your final walk through is the last time to check the home before closing.

 

22. Not a municipal code inspection- The inspector is not a municipal code official and the subsequent report does not represent a municipal code inspection. You may wish to obtain a separate municipal code compliance inspection with the local municipality. Any planned alterations to the structure should be reviewed by an architect and completed by a qualified contractor as well as obtaining all necessary permits. Contact the local municipality for proper procedures. You may wish to obtain a separate municipal code inspection.

 

23. Obtain licensed/qualified contractors- Any references for repair or replacement should be completed by a qualified, competent contractor. It is your responsibility to obtain or arrange for qualified contractors to repair or replace items as needed. Home owner repairs are not recommended. Determining the adequacy of repairs, alterations or renovations of any part of the home or items in the home, is beyond the scope of this inspection. Determining extent of water damage, if any, is beyond the scope of this inspection. Some degree of dismantling is required to determine extent of water damage. Water damage can affect inaccessible items such as insulation, electrical components, piping, framing, sub-floors and wall cladding.

 

24. Inaccessible/concealed areas- Areas that are concealed or inaccessible can not be evaluated. Some inaccessible areas may have problematic issues that may be unseen at the date of inspection, however, over time, may develop into more serious/obvious issues. Be cognizant of these areas, you may wish to check these areas at your final walk through, or sometime before closing. Determination of extent of water/insect damage is beyond the scope of this inspection.

 

25. Licensed electricians Any electrical issues should be repaired and/or verified by a licensed electrician prior to closing. Older homes may have electrical systems that utilized aluminum branch wiring. Aluminum branch wiring is considered a safety hazard due to potential corrosion to connections/devices as published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Tin clad wiring resembles aluminum wiring and should be confirmed by a licensed electrician. Tin clad wiring does not hold the same concerns as solid core aluminum wiring. Obtain ONLY licensed electricians for your repairs, get references, call the Better Business Bureau, ask to see prior work, call the contractors prior customers

 

26 Mold/mildew- A mold/mildew test is recommended, regardless of the presence or absence of visible growth. Mold growth can occur in concealed, inaccessible areas without the occupant’s knowledge. Mold/mildew testing is beyond the scope of this inspection.

 

27. Contaminants, pollutants, toxic conditions- Pressure treated lumber, commonly used for exterior decks and other outdoor projects, contains arsenic and other chemicals known to deter insect infestations and retard the natural decaying process of wood products. These chemicals, among many others, have been determined to be a health hazard, particularly to children. Determining, discovering or searching for contaminants, pollutants or any other toxic conditions regarding detrimental health conditions is beyond the scope of this inspection. Many of todays homes could have pollutants in adhesives and sealants and common building components. Obtain a qualified environmental testing laboratory/personnel for this task prior to closing

 

28. Dispute resolution by Arbitration- Any dispute, controversy, interpretation and/or claims of any kind or nature, whatsoever, including, but not limited to, claims for breach of contract, any form of negligence, fraud or misrepresentation arising out of , from, or related to this contract or arising out of , from, or related to this inspection and inspection report shall be submitted to final and binding arbitration under the rules of the Expedited Arbitration of Home Inspection Disputes of Construction Arbitration Services Inc. Client agrees that the arbitrator shall be familiar with the home inspection industry and have at least 5 years experience as a home inspector. The Arbitrator shall conduct summary judgment motions and enforce full discovery rights as a court would, as provided in civil proceedings by legal code. Client agrees to waive the right to a trial.

 

29. Severability- Client and Inspector agree that in the event a Court of Competent Jurisdiction determine or declare that any portion of this agreement is void, invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions and portions shall remain in full force and effect.

 

30. Revisit charge- Some areas and/or components may be inaccessible during the initial home inspection due to furniture, storage/clutter or other obstructions. If Client requests a revisit to the property, by the inspector, for any reason, a service fee of $125 shall apply for each visit, not including services rendered or reports generated. If a written report is desired, Client agrees to an additional fee which will be determined depending upon the complexity of the report generated, in addition to the service fee. The inspector and/or representative of the Company does not work for free. Your initial home inspection fee does not include multiple visits to the property by the home inspector.

 

31. Statute of Limitations- The parties agree that no action may be brought to recover damages, monetary or otherwise, against the Inspector nor Company, its officers, agents, or employees more than three months after the date of the original inspection. Time is expressly of the essence herein. Client understands that this time period may be shorter than otherwise provided by law. Client understands that the negotiated inspection price is payable at the end of the inspection. Client also agrees to pay for any and all legal fees, court costs or attorney fees in representing the Company for any legal proceedings in connection with or arising from the home/building inspection and/or inspection report.

 

32. Payment for inspection- The fee for this inspection is due at the time of the inspection, however, if Client does not attend the inspection, arrangement for payment shall be agreed upon prior to the inspection. If the Client has not signed this agreement, acceptance and/or possession of the written report constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions herein.

 

33. Preliminary Generalist visual inspection- Client understands that the Inspector is a generalist, knowledgeable in many areas, but does not hold himself as an expert in any particular field, unless otherwise disclosed. A preliminary generalist inspection and report is an unbiased opinion, based upon the experience of the individual inspector. The report identifies general conditions affecting the subject property. If the inspector recommends consulting specialized contractors and/or experts for further evaluation and/or repairs, it is the Clients responsibility, at the Clients expense, to obtain further evaluations and/or repair with the contractors selected by the Client. If the Client fails to consult the specialized experts/contractors as recommended by the inspector, the inspector shall be absolved of any liability and/or costs. Client also agrees to read the resulting report upon receiving the report, and agrees to report any potential errors or omissions that may exist in the report that was disclosed during the inspection, to the Company. Client understands that only those deficiencies which are visible and accessible at the time of inspection, will be included in the report. Some problems may not be visible/accessible during the actual home inspection, however, over time may manifest into more serious and obvious problems. The inspector is limited to visible/accessible areas at the time of the home inspection.

 

34. Acceptance of agreement- This agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto, their heirs, successors, assigns, agents and representatives of any kind. This agreement constitutes the entire integrated agreement between the parties hereto pertaining to the subject matter hereof, and may be modified only by a written agreement signed by all parties hereto. No oral agreement, understandings, or representations shall change, modify, or amend any part of this agreement.

 

35. Acknowledgement- As evidence by my signature below, Client has read and understood the Terms and Conditions of this agreement and this agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto, their heirs, successors, assigns, agents, and representatives of any kind whatsoever. This agreement constitutes the entire integrated agreement between the parties hereto pertaining to the subject matter hereof, and may be modified only be written agreement signed by all of the parties hereto. No oral agreements, understandings, or representatives shall change, modify, or amend any part of this agreement. As evidenced by my signature below, I warrant that I have read the preceding, understand the preceding and agree to the preceding fully. I also warrant that I have reviewed the preceding at least one day after retaining an appointment with the Company.

 

36. The written inspection report- Typically, our report is ready for mailing, via standard U.S. Postal Service in 2-3 business days, however, this depends on the complexity of the report. Remember,  while we make every effort to maintain an accurate, quality report, rushing the report can increase the chance of mistakes or omissions. If you need the report sooner, make sure to let us know at the time of inspection so that we can try to make adjustments to accommodate your request.  Also, although "emailing" the report is possible, we can not guarantee accuracy due to potential transmission errors via electronic transfer. The best thing to do is wait for the actual, written report. Your attorney CAN extend the deadline further if really needed, obtain further information from your attorney.

 

37. Photographs- Any photographs taken at the time of inspection is the exclusive property of the home inspection company and is not part of the home inspection report, although some photographs may be included in the written report to clarify certain issues. Inclusion of any photos in the written report shall be at the discretion of the inspection company only.

 

38. Septic system- If your property has an onsite sub surface waste disposal system, obtaining a separate, qualified septic system inspector and a septic system "open pit" inspection is advised prior to closing

 

Conditions/items beyond the scope of this inspection include but are not limited to;

Municipal code compliance, regulations, violations; prior building permit research; easements; rights of way; boundaries; condition of title; liens; occupancy designation and/or usage; compliance with any manufacturer’s specification/instructions. Obtaining or reviewing information from any third parties including but not limited to; sellers, occupants, contractors, consultants, attorneys, agents or home owner associations. Evaluating fire and/or fire resistive qualities/adequacies of any system/item, structure or component of the building/home. Common areas or systems, structures or components thereof including, but not limited to, home owner associations. Evaluation of any items/conditions related to animals, rodents, insects, wood destroying insects or organisms, mold/mildew damage unless previously specified in writing. Any form of engineering analysis or architectural analysis including, but not limited to, geological conditions or defects. Unique and/or technically complex systems or devices such as heat exchangers, remote controls, motion and heat sensors, alarm systems, fire detection systems, air quality systems, radio or computer controlled items, automatic timer controls, elevators, dumbwaiters, satellite systems, automatic gates, etc. Low voltage systems such as TV antennas, TV signal cables, telephone lines, intercoms, security systems, speaker wires, thermostats, etc.

Private water wells, septic systems, sewage or ejector pumps, water filtration/purification systems, etc. Swimming pools, hot tubs, spas, waterfalls, ponds, fountains, saunas, steam systems, or other similar equipment and its components. Building or property measurements, any type of septic systems, value appraisal, costs estimates for corrective repairs. Electrical load measurements or calculations, testing of gas/water shut-off valves, testing for gas leaks. Latent defects or estimates of life expectancies. Detached ancillary buildings, except for parking structures or as agreed previous to the inspection for an additional cost. Gas and electric appliances may be tested for operation, however, no warranty/guarantee is provided for any system/item in the building/home. Systems, structures or components which are not permanently installed. Ghosts and/or supernatural or unexplained occurrences/events; Recreational items, advisability of purchase, noise transmission, odors or determination of the origin of odors or fumigation requirements, lawn sprinkler/irrigation system, cosmetic finishes and conditions, landscaping and foliage; heat loss analysis.