Four Seasons Home Inspection, LLC
INSPECTION ADDRESS: ____________________________
INSPECTION COST: $ ________
THIS AGREEMENT CONTAINS A LIMITATION OF LIABILITY ON THE PART OF THE HOME INSPECTION COMPANY AND THE HOME INSPECTOR. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. THIS IS INTENDED TO BE A LEGALLY BINDING AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT FULLY UNDERSTAND IT, SEEK THE ADVICE OF AN ATTORNEY BEFORE SIGNING.
Four Seasons Home Inspection, LLC, (including its employees, subcontractors, agents, and inspectors), hereinafter referred to as “COMPANY” will perform a one-time visual inspection in accordance with the standards of practice of The North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board, copies of which are available on the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board’s website. Home inspectors are licensed by the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board. Home inspectors may only report on readily accessible and observed conditions as outlined in this pre-inspection agreement. Home inspectors are not permitted to provide engineering or architectural services. Prior hereto, there has been no agreement between the parties other than that a COMPANY Inspector would meet CUSTOMER at the premises to possibly enter into this agreement. All prior agreements, both real and imagined, both oral and written, are merged into this pre-inspection agreement and it alone sets forth all the terms and conditions of the agreement between the parties. No CUSTOMER changes are valid unless approved in a separate writing, signed by an officer of the COMPANY. If the Report is sent to CUSTOMER over the internet, COMPANY assumes no liability if CUSTOMER is unable to download or view the electronic version of the Report.
THE WRITTEN REPORT WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING ONLY: structural condition, electrical system, plumbing system including water heater, heating system, air conditioning system, condition of major systems, general interior including ceilings, walls, floors, windows, insulation, and attic ventilation; general exterior including roof, gutter system, chimney, drainage, and grading. It is understood and agreed that this inspection will only be of readily accessible areas of the dwelling and is limited to visual observations of apparent conditions existing at the time of the inspection. CUSTOMER acknowledges that the Report is not to be considered a substitute for a seller’s Property Condition Disclosure Statement.
THE INSPECTOR IS NOT REQUIRED TO: move furniture, personal goods or equipment that may impede access or limit visibility. The Inspector is not required to evaluate or inspect the following: intercoms, security systems, fences, timers, backflow preventers, water conditioning equipment, cosmetic items, seawalls, breakwaters, docks, swimming pools, hot tubs, whirlpools, spas, saunas (and ancillary components), wells, cesspools, security, telephone, wiring circuit logic and switch locations, music and computer systems, central vacuum systems, water softeners, sprinkler systems, sheds, or other “out-buildings”, fire and safety equipment and the presence/absence of rodents, termites, or other insects. Design problems and adequacies are not within the scope of the inspection. The Inspector will not determine the operational capacity, quality or suitability for a particular use of the items inspected. The inspection does not determine compliance or noncompliance with manufacturer’s specifications; past or present. Soil conditions, geological stability, engineering analysis are beyond the scope and purpose of this inspection and are not included in this report. This is not a compliance inspection or certification for past or present governmental codes, rules or regulations of any kind. NO search or check of municipal records or property boundaries (land survey) is included. Latent, hidden and concealed defects and deficiencies are excluded from the inspection and report. The inspection and report do not address and are not intended to address the presence or danger from any potential harmful substances and environmental hazards including but not limited to radon gas, carbon monoxide, lead, lead paint, asbestos, Chinese drywall, sound proofing, buried fuel storage tanks, urea formaldehyde, various molds and spores, water quality, toxic or flammable chemicals or gases and water and airborne hazards. The inspector is not required to climb on the roof, enter crawl spaces or attics where the ceiling height is less than 4 feet, lacks flooring, or otherwise inaccessible, and does not perform invasive procedures: equipment, items and systems will not be dismantled. Areas above ceilings are inaccessible, including dropped ceilings. The inspector only uses normal operating devices and performs no destructive or disruptive testing procedures.
NOT A WARRANTY: The parties agree that COMPANY and it’s employees and agents, assume no liability or responsibility for the cost of repairing or replacing any reported or unreported defects of deficiencies, either current or arising in the future, or for any property damage, consequential damage, or bodily injury of any nature. THE INSPECTION AND REPORT ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE A GUARANTEE OR WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING THE ADEQUACY, PERFORMANCE, OR CONDITION OF ANY INSPECTED STRUCTURE, ITEM, OR SYSTEM.COMPANY IS NOT AN INSURER OF ANY INSPECTED CONDITIONS.
DISPUTES: It is specifically agreed that no lawsuit or other type of claim of any kind arising out of or in any way relating to this AGREEMENT, the inspection or the Report shall be made unless each of the following conditions is satisfied first, in order: Written notice of the claim must be given to the COMPANY on or before the 10th day after the date of discovery of a claimed defect or the date said claimed defect should have been discovered. The notice shall: (a) describe the claim including what the CUSTOMER believes COMPANY did or failed to do; (b) state why CUSTOMER believes the COMPANY is responsible; (c) state what CUSTOMER believes COMPANY should do about it and; (d) offer to allow COMPANY to re-inspect as required in the following paragraph. Notice shall be sent by Certified mail, return receipt requested to: Four Seasons Home Inspection, LLC, 20927 Island Forest Drive, Cornelius, NC 28031.
RIGHT TO RE-INSPECT: If CUSTOMER believes the COMPANY made a mistake, before making any repairs or alterations relating to the alleged mistake, CUSTOMER shall notify COMPANY and provide COMPANY a reasonable opportunity to inspect the portion of the property relating to the alleged mistake. Failure to so notify the Company and allow an inspection shall bar any claims being made.
LAW SUIT: Any lawsuit or other type of claim must be filed within ONE YEAR OF THE DATE OF THIS AGREEMENT. Venue of any lawsuit brought by either party must be brought in the Supreme Court or local District Courts of the County Mecklenburg, State of North Carolina, without a jury, including counterclaims and third party claims. CUSTOMER agrees that if COMPANY is ever subpoenaed to appear in a court action or arbitration matter (hereinafter “Hearing”) because of the COMPANY’S inspection of the building identified above and/or any of its components or other portions of the premises where it is located, that CUSTOMER will either reimburse COMPANY for attending said Hearing at the rate of $200.00 per hour, including travel time, or obtain a court order quashing said subpoena, all at CUSTOMER’S sole cost and expense.”
LIMITATION OF INSPECTORS LIABILITY: The purpose of this provision is to limit the amount of money damages that CUSTOMER may claim and recover from COMPANY. The maximum amount of money that CUSTOMER may claim and recover is hereby limited to the fee paid by CUSTOMER to the COMPANY under this Agreement. This limitation applies to every type of claim or cause of action arising out of or in any way related to this agreement, the inspection or report, including but not limited to claims for damages, costs, expenses, demands, controversies, actions, debts, compensation, or causes of action of whatever nature or character, whether based on a tort, contract, extra contractual duty, malfeasance, misfeasance or other theory of recovery, including, but not limited to, claims for breach of contract (actual or implied), negligence, malfeasance, misfeasance and any and all other extra contractual duties, for all actual damages, all exemplary and punitive damages, and property damage which the Customer may have concerning any such breach of contract, negligence, or negligent misrepresentation claims alleged to have occurred by the action or inaction of the COMPANY or any of its employees or Inspector. This limitation does not apply to any claim for vexatious litigation or similar type of claim by COMPANY against CUSTOMER or CUSTOMER’S lawyer. CUSTOMER agrees to pay COMPANY’S reasonable legal fees in any action where the COMPANY substantially prevails in any court of law and/or where this agreement and its limitation of liability clause is held to be valid.
CUSTOMER agrees that this agreement may be executed by facsimile which shall constitute an original. It is also understood and agreed that an acceptance of the terms and conditions contained herein by the CUSTOMER shall be just as binding if made electronically by computer or over the internet. The person who signs this agreement represents that they have the full authority to sign on behalf of all named CUSTOMERS. If any named CUSTOMER denies the authority to sign, the person signing agrees to hold the Company harmless for all costs, expenses and damages, including judgments that may be entered against COMPANY and its reasonable legal fees, if COMPANY incurs same as a result of said denial of authority. In the event any provision of this agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable, the other provisions shall remain valid and enforceable and in full force and effect. The report is intended for the use of the above named customer only and no other person or entity may rely on the report for any reason. If immediate threats to health or safety are observed during the course of the inspection, the client hereby consents to allow the home inspector to disclose such immediate threats to health or safety to the property owner and/or occupants of the property.
CUSTOMER agrees to hold harmless and indemnify COMPANY for losses, fees and costs incurred as a result of any third party action that may include COMPANY relative to the report. Furthermore, any third party reviewing this report for any reason shall be bound by the terms and conditions of this Inspection Agreement which is an integral part of the report. CUSTOMER understands and agrees that by law he/she must sign this Agreement and this agreement will form a part of the inspection report and acceptance of the inspection report by CUSTOMER and payment thereof will constitute acceptance of the terms and conditions of this agreement. If CUSTOMER does not agree to the terms hereof, CUSTOMER may obtain a full refund of the fee if written notice is sent to the COMPANY prior to the inspection Report being sent out and if CUSTOMER executes a general release in favor of the COMPANY and its officers, employees and shareholders.
TECHNICALLY EXHAUSTIVE INSPECTION AVAILABLE: CUSTOMER is advised that there may be a technically exhaustive inspection available with a lower liability limit of the visual inspection, and that a fee for this type of inspection could be $5,000.00 or more, depending on the home. The Company will need to retain other specialists as necessary to prepare a technically exhaustive report. A request in writing for this service must be accompanied by a 50% deposit required to commence this inspection. If you wish this enhanced inspection please notify the inspector prior to the inspection and a new inspection date will be scheduled after an appropriate pre-inspection agreement is entered into.
___________________________________________________ DATE: ________________
(I have read the terms of this agreement prior to the Inspection)