The Scope of Home Inspection
To determines if the major building systems appear to be performing their intended function – if there are signs of weakness, deterioration or hazards, if repairs are needed; or if these systems could not be inspected.
To identify conditions that typically affect a buyer’s decision to buy or not buy a property, to advise the significance of these conditions and provide recommendations, including priority of repairs and cost estimates for budgeting.
Scope of Inspection:
1. This inspection will be of readily accessible areas of the house and is limited to visual observation of apparent conditions existing at the time of the inspection only. The inspection and the report will be performed in accordance with Standards of Practice (the Standards) of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI). A copy of the standards is available at http://oahi.com/PUBLIC/standardspractice.asp
2. The inspection and report is an opinion of the present condition of the property and is prepared for the sole, confidential and exclusive use and possession of the client. The report is non-transferable.
3. The inspection and the report are not intended to be used as a guarantee or warranty, expressed or implied, or insurance policy regarding the adequacy, performance or condition of any inspected structure item or system. The inspection and report is also not a certification of any kind. The maximum liability of the company and its employees and agents, for errors or omissions during the inspection or contained in the report shall be limited without prejudice to a sum equal to the company’s fee for the inspection service.
4. The company shall not be construed as insuring against any defects or deficiencies not contained errors or omissions in the inspection report and subsequently discovered by the client. The client acknowledges that the inspection cannot completely assess risk, detect all flaws or predict all occurrences and further acknowledges and agrees that, in the event the client purchases the inspected property, the client assumes all risks associated with the purchase.
General limitations & exclusions
1. Deficiencies and defects which are latent or concealed are excluded from the inspection. Furthermore, conditions which change after the time of the inspection are not included in the report.
2. The inspection is not intended to be technically exhaustive. Equipment, items and systems will not be dismantled. The inspector is not required to move personal property, debris, furniture, equipment, and carpeting or like materials which might impede access or limit visibility.
3. The inspection and report is NOT a conformity or compliance inspection for governmental codes or regulations of any kind. Recent and existing weather conditions may also limit or restrict the result of the inspection.
4. The Company may indicate an item or systems life expectancy but such estimates are general in nature and the actual life, performance may vary widely.
5. The Company urges the Client to contact the owner of the inspected property for permits and reports of additions / renovations, disclose any buried / abandoned oil tank, to learn the age of such items as the roof and any recent problems or known defects in the property, before closure.
6. The inspection and report do NOT address and are not intended to address the possible presence of or danger from Asbestos, Radon Gas, Lead Paint, Urea Formaldehyde, Soil Contamination and other Indoor and Outdoor Pollutants, Toxic or Flammable Chemicals, Water or Airborne Related Illness or Disease, and all other similar or Potentially Harmful Substances. The Client is urged to contact a competent specialist if information or identification or testing of the above is desired. In addition, the presence or absence of rodents, termites and other insects are also not covered by this inspection.
7. Structure detached from the house is/are not inspected unless otherwise expressly agreed.