LIMITATIONS AND CONDITIONS OF THE HOME INSPECTION
The purpose of your Home Inspection is to evaluate the general condition of a property.
determining whether systems are still performing their intended functions.
There are limitations to the scope of this Inspection. It provides a general overview of the more obvious repairs
that may be needed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. The ultimate decision of what to repair or replace is
yours. One homeowner may decide that certain conditions require repair or replacement, while another will not.
1. The Home Inspection provides you with a basic overview of the condition of the property.
Home Inspector has only a limited amount of time to go through the property, the Inspection is not technically
exhaustive. If you have concerns about any of the conditions noted, please consult the section of the Home
Reference Book text that is referred to in the Report.
Some conditions noted, such as foundation cracks or other signs of settling in a house, may either be
cosmetic or may indicate a potential problem that is beyond the scope of the Home Inspection.
If you are concerned about any conditions noted in the Home Inspection Report, we strongly
recommend that you consult a qualified Licensed Contractor or Engineering Specialist. These professionals
can provide a more detailed analysis of any conditions noted in the Report at an additional cost.
2. A Home Inspection does not include identifying defects that are hidden behind walls, floors or ceilings.
This includes wiring, structure, plumbing and insulation that is hidden or inaccessible.
Some intermittent problems may not be obvious on a Home Inspection because they only
certain circumstances. As an example, your Home Inspector may not
discover leaks that occur only during
certain weather conditions.
Home Inspectors will not find conditions that may only be visible when storage or furniture is moved.
They do not remove wallpaper, look behind pictures or lift flooring (including carpet) to look underneath.
3. The Inspection does not include hazardous materials that may be in or behind the walls, floors or
ceilings of the property.
This includes building materials that are now suspected of posing a risk to health such as phenolformaldehyde
and urea-formaldehyde based products, fiberglass insulation and vermiculite insulation. The
Inspector does not identify asbestos roofing, siding, wall, ceiling or floor finishes, insulation or fireproofing. We
do not look for lead or other toxic metals in such things as pipes, paint or window coverings.
The Inspection does not deal with environmental hazards such as the past use of insecticides, fungicides, herbicides or pesticides.
The Home Inspector does not look for, or comment on, the past use of
chemical termite treatments in
or around the property.
4. We are not responsible for, and we do not comment on the quality of air in a building. The Inspector does
not try to determine if there are irritants, pollutants, contaminants, or toxic materials in or around the building.
The Inspection does not include spores, fungus, mold or mildew, including that which may be present
behind walls or under floors. You should note that whenever there is water damage noted in the report,
there is a
possibility that mold or mildew may be present, unseen behind a wall, floor or ceiling.
If anyone in your home suffers from allergies or heightened sensitivity to quality of air, we strongly
recommend that you consult a qualified Environmental Consultant who can test for toxic materials,
allergens at additional cost.
5. The Home Inspector does not look for and is not responsible for fuel oil, septic or gasoline tanks that
may be buried on the property.
If fuel oil or other storage tanks remain on the property, you may be responsible for their removal
and the safe disposal of any contaminated soil. If you suspect there is a
buried tank, we strongly recommend
that you retain a qualified Environmental Consultant to determine whether this is a potential problem.
6. We will have no liability for any claim or complaint if conditions have been disturbed, altered, repaired,
replaced or otherwise changed before we have had a reasonable period of time to investigate.
(From Home Reference Book)