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The Home Inspection Agreement 
 
The Home Inspection Agreement
(sometimes called a 
Pre-Inspection Agreement) 
is a document that all Home Inspectors will have you sign.
The inspector will sign it as well.


The agreement is designed to protect both the Home Inspector
and the client from misunderstandings that may arise from the
home inspection.
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The agreement outlines a number of things
regarding the home inspection.

 
 
 
STANDARDS OF PRACTICE

First, the agreement will identify which Standards of Practice will
be used to inspect the home. Home Inspectors may belong to a
number of different professional home inspection organizations, and
the Standards of Practice followed by the membership of each
organization is slightly different. These organizations include:

ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors)
InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors)
NAHI (National Association of Home Inspectors) and many more.

WHO SEES THE HOME INSPECTION REPORT?


    The Home Inspection Agreement will sometimes clarify who will
receive a copy of the Home Inspection Report, among other things.
In most cases, a Home Inspector will not share your report with
realtors, attorneys, or third parties without your consent.

EXCLUSIONS


   The agreement may also spell out what will not be included in the
home inspection, such as mold testing, water testing or radon testing.
Be sure to discuss these EXTRA services before the inspection begins.
Some people are under the impression that a "Complete Home
Inspection" includes all of these services when in fact they may not.

   The document may also contain various exclusions and disclaimers
for certain types of homes. For instance, the Home Inspection
Agreement may have a disclaimer for log homes, stating that the
home inspector is not responsible for areas of the log structure that
are inaccessible for inspection.

LIABILITY and LEGAL ACTION


Most Home Inspection Agreements will clarify the liability of the home
inspector in the event that litigation arises from the home inspection
process. Some agreements will state that in the event of litigation, any
court proceedings will take place in the county where the Home Inspector
is based. The Home Inspection Agreement may also clarify who will be
responsible for the legal costs under different scenarios.

PAYMENT


The agreement may also state when payment is due for the
inspection services.
 
Most Home Inspectors will expect payment before or
immediately after the inspection services
have been rendered.


 
 


 
WHEN CAN I EXPECT TEST RESULTS?


In the event that a client has ordered extra services like:
 
 mold 
 
 
radon
 
 
 
then the Home Inspection Agreement may give a time frame
when those test results will be available to the client.

NOTE:

It is EXTREMELY important that you read the ENTIRE Home
Inspection Agreement before signing it! 

The client should also insist on reading the
STANDARDS OF PRACTICE guidelines that will be used to
inspect the home. 


The reason? Because, for example, a client may assume that a water
pump that serves a water well on the property will be inspected during
the process, when in fact some Standards of Practice state that the
water pump is considered part of the WELL system. As such, the water
pump would not be inspected with the other water supply equipment
(piping, water heater) since a well inspection is considered an "EXTRA"
service.

Always ask your Home Inspector to verbally clarify anything in the
Home Inspection Agreement that is not already clear to you.
 
 


 

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