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Authorization for Home Inspection Services

Carolina Home Inspections
NC License # 1626; SC License #695 - 401 Cricketfield Lane, Cary NC 27518
Office: 919-999-3492 Fax: 866-362-1599
E-mail: inspector@jjeffzehnder.com
Real Estate Inspection Contract

Client’s Name:
Property Address:
Inspection Request By:
Client’s Phone:
Date of Inspection:

CAROLINA HOME INSPECTIONS is hereby employed by Client(s) to perform a limited visual inspection of apparent conditions in readily accessible areas existing at the time of the inspection. Generally accepted professional inspection standards and methods shall be used. This home inspection is performed in accordance with standards of practice of the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensing Board and a copy of these guidelines is available from said Board. Absolutely no warranties or guarantees are given or implied for any latent or concealed defects. Additionally, any repairs after the inspection may reveal defects that are not accessible at the time of the inspection; CAROLINA HOME INSPECTIONS is not liable for any defects or deficiencies which cannot be reasonably discovered during the limited visual inspection. As part of your home inspection the inspector will inspect and report on the following areas unless that area has been marked for exclusion from our services:

1. STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS – including foundation, floors, wall, columns, ceilings, and roofs. Excluding:

2. EXTERIOR OF STRUCTURE – including wall claddings, entryway doors, decks, steps, eaves, driveways, and a representative.
number of windows. Excluding:

3. ROOFING – including roof coverings, roof drainage systems, flashing, skylights, and chimneys. Excluding:

4. PLUMBING – including interior water supply and distribution system, interior drain waste and vent system, hot water system, and
fuel storage and distribution system and sump pump. Excluding:

5. ELECTRICAL–including service entrance conductor,service equipment,main distribution panels,voltage ratings, a representative
number of installed ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles, ground fault circuit interrupters, and smoke detectors.
Excluding:

6. SYSTEM HEATING–including permanently installed heating system and its controls,chimneys,heat distribution system,including
fans, pumps and ducts, and automatic safety controls. Excluding:

7. CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING – including normal operating control of the central air conditioning system and the distribution
system. Excluding:

8. INTERIOR – including walls, ceilings, floors, steps, a representative number of cabinets and a representative number of doors
and windows. Excluding:

9. INSULATION AND VENTILATION – including insulation vapor barriers, ventilation of attic and foundation, kitchen, bathroom
and laundry venting systems and the operation of any accessible attic ventilation fan when temperature permits. Excluding:

10. BUILT-IN KITCHEN APPLIANCES – including the observation and operation of dishwasher, range, trash compactor, garbage
disposal, ventilation equipment, and permanently installed oven and microwave oven. Excluding:

The price for this inspection with the exclusions identified above shall be $ .00. Payment is expected upon full completion of this inspection. Payment may be made by check, cash, or credit card. Payment at closing may be arranged if closing is within 30 days of the inspection and attorney information is provided prior to the time of inspection. A $30.00 fee will be added to all accrued fees for all returned checks or credit card denials. This contract does not include the cost for re-inspection of the above property. Payment of all inspection fees is not contingent upon the closing of loan proceeding for the above property. Payments not received within 30 days of inspection will be subject to additional interest fees of 1/5% per month.

EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS: The parties acknowledge and agree that this inspection is limited to visual observation of apparent conditions existing at the time of the inspection only. This inspection is not intended to provide the purchaser with information regarding the advisability of this purchase, the market value of the property, the compliance or non-compliance with codes, ordinances and statues, the suitability of this property for specialized use, the life expectancy of any component or system in the property, the presence or absence of pests or insects, or cosmetic or underground items or items that are not permanently installed. Reference is specifically made to the standards of practice and code of ethics of the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensing Board for a comprehensive listing of those items which are not required and, unless specifically included, will not be part of this inspection. All heat exchangers, well, septic systems, and/or free standing storage sheds are not a part of this inspection. CAROLINA HOME INSPECTIONS reserves the right to make corrections for clerical or other errors in the report and report summary.

This inspection report does not address and is not intended to address the possible presence of any danger from any potentially harmful substance and environmental hazards, including but not limited to radon gas, lead paint, asbestos, urea formaldehyde (UFFI), toxic or chemical analysis, airborne hazards, mold, polluted water, or under ground oil tanks. Further, CAROLINA HOME INSPECTIONS is not responsible for any misleading information provided by seller or for any matter concealed or hidden from the inspector.

ARBITRATION: Should the client believe that CAROLINA HOME INSPECTIONS be liable for any issues arising out of this inspection, then client shall communicate said issues in writing to CAROLINA HOME INSPECTIONS within ten (10) days of the date of the inspection. If the issues cannot be resolved between the parties, both parties agree to submit the dispute to binding arbitration in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association. Arbitration is to be conducted by an arbitrator who is a full-time building inspector with a minimum of six (6) years experience as a building inspector. The inspection will be judged in accordance with the North Carolina Standards and Code of Ethics applicable to the time of the inspection. Disputes settled without favor to the client will mandate a payment of re-inspection time, fees, including but not limited to reasonable attorney fees and arbitrations costs.

HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT: CLIENT agrees to hold any and all real estate agents involved in the purchase of the property to be inspected harmless and keep them exonerated from all loss, damage, liability or expense occasioned or claimed by reasons of acts or neglects of the INSPECTOR or his employees or visitors or of independent contractors engaged or paid by INSPECTOR for the purpose of inspecting the subject home.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:

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This inspection is performed for the sole, confidential and exclusive use and possession of the Client(s). Neither the contents of this report nor any representation made herein are assignable without the express written permission of CAROLINA HOME INSPECTIONS and any reliance thereon by any party other than the Client(s) named is prohibited.

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This inspection and report are not intended to be used as a guarantee or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding the adequacy, performance or condition of any inspected structure, item or system and any visual problems observed should be verified with the appropriate contractor, electrician, plumber, or skilled professional for cost estimates and code compliance.

LIMIT OF LIABILITY: It is understood and agreed that should CAROLINA HOME INSPECTIONS and/or its agents or employees be found liable for any loss or damage resulting from a failure to perform any of its obligations, including but not limited to negligence, breach of contract or otherwise, then the liability of CAROLINA HOME INSPECTIONS and/or its agents or employees shall be limited to a sum equal to the amount of the fee paid by the client for this inspection and report. It is further agreed that the client shall be owner of the report and CAROLINA HOME INSPECTIONS shall not release copies of this report to anyone other than the client and their agent without the client’s permission.

AGREEMENT: This contract represents the entire agreement between CAROLINA HOME INSPECTIONS and the client. CAROLINA HOME INSPECTIONS is not responsible for the repair, replacement, or alteration of any item within or upon the inspected property. The client acknowledges that they have read and understood the extent and limitations of this inspection and agree to all of the limitations, terms and exclusions contained within this contract. This contract covers the initial and all subsequent inspections involving property located at the address listed on page one at “Property Address”.

X Client’s Signature:
Date:

Printed Name:
CC
X Client’s Signature:
Exp Date
Printed Name:

Inspector’s Signature:
Date:

Printed Name:

License Number:

If a Credit Card is used for payment the following statement applies: Card-member acknowledges receipt of services in the amount of the total shown herein and agrees to perform the obligations set forth by the cardmembers agreement with the issuer.

Please print a copy of the home inspection agreement for your records.

The day this document is considered complete.

The full name of the person making this agreement.

The address of the planned inspection.

NOTE: THIS IS A SAMPLE CONTRACT. DO NOT USE THIS CONTRACT WITHOUT HAVING AN ATTORNEY LOOK IT OVER. WE ARE NOT LIABLE IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH IT.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
THIS CONTRACT LIMITS LIABILITY

It is agreed by all that this inspection is to be performed according to the following terms and conditions:

1. COMPANY NAME will provide the Client a limited-time visual inspection of the following readily accessible and visible pertinent, major elements existing in the structure on the date of inspection: central air conditioning, central heating, interior electric, interior plumbing, foundation, basement, roofing, siding, walls, floors, ceilings, and built-in kitchen appliances. COMPANY NAME shall have no obligation to repair or replace any items found to be defective, whether or not discussed in the
COMPANY NAME written report. Conditions that may exist relating to any legal and/or public records are outside the scope of this inspection. COMPANY NAME cannot determine during the inspection that the roof leaks or is watertight; the rating is on material condition only. Further, this inspection does not cover code compliance, soil or groundwater contamination, geological, design, adequacy evaluation, or any low voltage wiring. COMPANY NAME reserves a 5% margin or tolerance. This inspection will include the above elements unless otherwise restricted by the client. At times, conditions may exist and may not have any visible signs to indicate its existence. Such items must be disclosed by the seller of the property. COMPANY NAME recommends that Client seek the advice of his legal counsel and/or real estate agent to identify items subject to disclosure in additions to those set forth in COMPANY NAME written inspection report. COMPANY NAME inspections are performed with consideration given to the age of the structure, items marked good must in all cases be considered good for the age of the item. Also, items in less than good condition must be marked as such, even though the condition may be normal for the age. Opinions vary from person to person and the report is the opinion of the inspector and must be considered as such. This report is not a mold or hazardous materials inspection.

2. Payment of the fee entitles client to one original of the written inspection report including photographs. Payment, in check, cash, or credit card, is due prior to the start of the visual inspection. The liability of COMPANY NAME is limited to the terms and conditions as set forth in this contract between COMPANY NAME and the Client. Client expressly releases COMPANY NAME from any and all claims arising out of the contract.

3. Client represents and assures COMPANY NAME that Client has secured all approvals necessary for entry onto the premises to be inspected. Client further agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless COMPANY NAME from demands or claims alleging a trespass upon the premises to be inspected. It is the responsibility of the Client or Agent to ensure the utilities are on at the time of inspection. COMPANY NAME recommends checking for permits on all additional construction performed on the property after the original construction.

4. This Order Form, with its terms, conditions and disclosures, constitutes the entire agreement between COMPANY NAME and Client. Both parties agree that there is no representation, statement or agreement not set forth herein or incorporated by reference. No waiver, alteration of modification of this contract shall be valid unless it is in writing and signed by an authorized representative of both parties. This contract shall be construed and governed by the laws of the State of California. For all areas marked outside of good condition, COMPANY NAME recommends proper attention by the appropriate licensed contractor.

5. COMPANY NAME has no liability for occupied/unoccupied homes and structures, and the inspection is only good until the inspector leaves the property. Disgruntled sellers/squatters often change the condition of the property and no guarantees will be made by COMPANY NAME

6. I have read the Terms and Conditions of this inspection and accept them, and also accept the Waiver Conditions.

7. I have full authority to execute this contract. I fully understand the fact that only the original buyer on this contract shall be entitled to the information contained in the inspection report/contract.

8. Client shall be liable for COMPANY NAME attorney's fees in the event of litigation. Any negative comments/actions reflected on/towards COMPANY NAME shall be grounds for a slander-suit for defamation of character in Superior Court. The defamation of character suit shall be filed against the instigator of said comments/actions.

9. I have read and understand the terms and conditions of this contract as set forth on the front of this form. I fully understand that if there is no signature on the line below, this inspection report shall be null and void.

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