Home Inspections Contract

The Client requests the inspection of the building(s) located on the Subject Property subject to the following limitations and conditions:

  1. Representation. It is understood that SBD Inspections operates as a division of Suter Design Build. Any and all use of the term "SDB Inspections" is the sole property of Suter Design Build and SBD Inspections is used under permission of Suter Design Build.
  2. Visual Inspection. The inspection conducted by SDB Inspections pursuant to the Contract is based on a visual examination of the readily accessible features of the building. The inspection is not technically exhaustive. The Client is hereby warned that not all deficiencies will be revealed. The Client is advised more comprehensive inspections are available and the Client is encouraged to consider the merits of more comprehensive inspections. SDB Inspections makes no representations as to compliance, infraction or breach of any building, plumbing, electrical or other code(s), zoning, land use or by-Iaw(s) of municipal, regional, provincial or federal governments/statutes including, but not limited to any/all environmental and conservation authorities, preservation and/or historical plans or flood plain areas.
  3. Purpose. The purpose of a home inspection is to examine the building, to evaluate the condition of the components and to educate the Client about the general condition of the building. The quality of indoor air and the presence of irritants, pollutants, contaminants, toxic materials or organisms (e.g. mold, mildew) arc not in the scope of this inspection. SDB Inspections may use the visible presence of mold to aid in its evaluation of the building itself. No claim is expressed or implied that all problems in the building will be discovered by the inspection.
  4. Inspection Report. The inspection report provided after the inspection is an opinion of the present condition of the building. The inspection report, issued by SDB Inspections, is prepared with reasonable skill and care and is subject to the limitations contained herein. The inspection report is limited to the physical evidence that was visually accessible at the time of the inspection. Emphasis is placed on identifying major problems. While some minor problems may be noted, an all-inclusive list of deficiencies will not be provided.
  5. Limitations. In addition to, and not to limit the above, the following are not the responsibility or the subject matter of an inspection or report:
    1. The inspection and inspection report excludes and does not intend to cover any areas, items, and conditions, which by their nature are, concealed, not accessible, not visible, cosmetically altered, not conveniently located, otherwise difficult to inspect, or require the relocation, removal or displacement of any material, object or thing bearing a precondition to such inspection or inspection report, and
    2. The inspection and inspection report excludes and does not intend to cover swimming pools, whirlpools, spas, hot tubs, wells, water pot ability, septic systems, tennis courts, playground equipment or household appliances including but not limited to kitchen, leisure and laundry equipment. Also excluded are all fixtures and cosmetic conditions such as wallpapering and painting, and
    4. The inspection and inspection report are based on observations of the conditions that existed at the time of the inspection only, and
    5. SDB inspections does not warrant represent or inspect for any hazardous materials, substances, contaminants pollutants, toxic gases or wastes, of any kind, including those as defined 111 applicable statutes, regulations, orders and bylaws enacted or adopted for the protection and conservation of the natural environment including, but not limited urea formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI), lead, asbestos. radon and gamma carbon monoxide and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) wherever they may be located. SDB Inspections does not inspect or monitor any geological or soil conditions, and
    6. Although SDB Inspections may look for termites and other wood damaging or non-wood damaging insect infestations. SDB Inspections does not assume any liability or responsibility for determining their presence, in the past, present or future, and
    7. SDB Inspections has limited its inspection of heating, Ventilating, air conditioning, electrical and plumbing systems to those matters specifically noted in the Inspection Report, and
    8. This report shall not contain recommendations for routine upkeep of a system or component to keep it in proper functioning condition or recommendations to upgrade or enhance the function, efficiency, or safety of the home.
  6. Limitation of Liability. The inspection and inspection report are furnished on an "opinion only" basis. SDB Inspections assumes no liability or responsibility for the cost of repair or replacing any reported and/or unreported defects, or conditions. The Client agrees that the maximum aggregate liability of the inspector or SDB Inspections for this inspection shall be limited to the amount of the inspection fee agreed to in this Inspection Contract. The Client understands that this inspection report cannot accurately or completely assess risk, detect all flaws, predict all occurrences or make assurances. The Client understands that SDB Inspections does not carry professional errors and omissions insurance. The Client understands that the inspection report is not a warranty, guarantee, or insurance policy.
  7. Right of Entry. The Client warrants that they or their real estate agent have made all necessary arrangements with the selling party for the Inspector or SDB Inspections to enter and inspect the Subject Property.
  8. Participation. The Client acknowledges that they have been encouraged to participate in the inspection and accepts responsibility for incomplete information should they not participate in the inspection. The Client's participation shall be at their own risk for injuries, property damages and any other damages
  9. Expenses & Repairs. Cost estimates on future expenses, if provided in the inspection report are minimums and provide an order-of-magnitude estimate only. Contractors or relevant experts should be contacted for specific quotations The Client is aware that resultant damages may occur to the building systems or components, if the recommended repairs in the inspection report are not carried out in a timely manner.
  10. Eligibility & Compliance. The inspection report does not take into account eligibility or compliance for mortgage. Insurance, building or homeowners insurance or suppliers for the property (e.g. fuel companies). Any important compliance issues, in the opinion of the Inspector, will be noted, however the inspection report does not cover all code compliance issues set by insurance companies, Government or other regulatory authorities.
  11. Third Parties. The Client requests this inspection and inspection report for their confidential use only The inspection Contract, any interest herein or claims hereunder including those for money or payment, shall not be transferred or assigned by the Client. The Client promises to indemnify and hold harmless the inspector and SDB inspections for any damages and/or expenses involved in addressing or defending claims made by others in relation to this report. The information provided in the inspection report will be the Client's property, solely for this transaction. The inspector or SDB Inspections will disclose the inspection report to real estate agents, sellers, lenders or other parties intimate to this particular transaction for the purpose of clarification and facilitation of repairs with the client's permission.
  12. Severability. If any provision of this Inspection Contract is determined to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part, such invalidity or unenforceability shall attach only to such provision or part thereof and the remaining part of such provision and all other provisions hereto shall continue in full force and effect
  13. Binding. This agreement shall endure to the benefit of and be binding upon the parties hereto and their respective heirs, executors, administrators, successors, assigns and legal representatives

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