IMPORTANT: A Home Inspection is NOT intended to reveal minor defects. Please familiarize yourself with the Standards-of-Practice for home inspections and read the Inspection agreement for limitations.
You have contracted with Blue Lobster Home Inspection Inc to perform a generalist inspection in accordance with the standards of Practice of InterNACHI http://nachi.org/sop.htm. The inspection is based on observations of the visible and apparent condition of the building and its components on the date of the inspection. This report is not valid without a signed pre-inspection agreement. The results of this home inspection are not intended to make any representation regarding latent or concealed defects that may exist and no warranty or guaranty is expressed or implied. If your home inspector is not a licensed structural engineer or other professional whose license authorizes the rendering of an opinion as to the structural integrity of a building or its component parts, you may be advised to seek a professional opinion as to any defects or concerns mentioned in this report. This report is the exclusive property of Blue Lobster Home Inspection Inc and the client whose name appears herewith, and its use by any unauthorized persons is strictly prohibited.
Inspectors working for Blue Lobster Home Inspection Inc inspect properties in accordance with the Standards of Practice of InterNACHI and our Inspection Agreement. Items that are not listed in this report were not inspected. The observations and opinions expressed within the report take precedence over any verbal comments. It should be understood that the inspector is only on-site for a few hours and will not comment on insignificant deficiencies, but confine the observations to truly significant defects or deficiencies that significantly affect the value, desirability, habitability or safety of the structure.
A home inspection is limited in scope and lower in cost than many individual inspections. Client is hereby informed that exhaustive inspections are available from specialists in a multitude of disciplines such as roofing, plumbing, pools, heating and air conditioning, decking, electrical, fenestration (windows and doors) and environmental quality among others. Additional inspections by specialists in a particular field will be more exhaustive and thorough, and likewise cost significantly more than a home inspection. A home inspection is intended to identify evidence of problems which exist. Since home inspections are non-destructive, the home inspector can only report on what was observable at the time of the inspection. A home inspection is specifically not exhaustive in nature, and therefore cannot identify defects that may be discovered only through more rigorous testing than a home inspection allows. A generalist inspection is essentially visual and does not include the dismantling of any component, or the sampling of air and inert materials. Consequently, a generalist inspection and report will not be as comprehensive or technically exhaustive as that by a specialist, and it is not intended to be.
A home inspection does not include mold, air, contaminate, radon, asbestos, lead, drug residue or other sampling unless otherwise agreed to. Mold testing services are available by other companies for an additional fee. DO NOT RELY ON THIS REPORT FOR IDENTIFICATION OF MOLD OR OTHER ALLERGENS. BLUE LOBSTER HOME INSPECTION INC SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY MOLD RELATED ISSUES.
Components and systems shall be operated with normal user controls, and not forced or modified to work. Those components or systems that are found not to work at time of inspection will be reported, and those items should be inspected and repaired or replaced by a qualified specialist in that field.
Detached structures such as patio covers, garages, and decks are not inspected.
Client must obtain estimates for any items noted in the report that require further evaluation or repair. The inspector cannot know what expense would be considered significant by client, as everyone's budget is different. It is client's responsibility to obtain quotations prior to the end of the contingency period. CLIENT SHOULD CONSIDER ALL DEFECTS IDENTIFIED IN THE REPORT AS SIGNIFICANT. It is client's responsibility to call a licensed professional immediately and provide them with a copy of this report.
HOW TO READ THIS REPORT
The observations and opinions expressed within this report are those of Blue Lobster Home Inspection Inc and supersede any alleged verbal comments. We inspect all of the systems, components, and conditions described in accordance with the standards of practice set forth by the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), and those that we do not inspect are clearly disclaimed in the contract and/or in the aforementioned standards. Additional pages or hyperlinks may be attached to this report. This report may not be complete without the attachments. Furthermore, photographs have been included in the inspection report to help you to understand what was observed during the inspection. When describing defects, photos are intended to show an example of a defect, but may not show every occurrence of the defect. When correcting these problems, you should have a qualified specialist carefully check for all similar occurrences. If you have any questions about the content in this report, or wish to have clarification on any comment, you must contact the inspector within 3 days of the inspection.
When a "Repair or Replace" action is indicated, you should consider having a licensed expert in that field perform a further evaluation of that entire system. For example, if a failed window is noted in the report, this may indicate that other windows may have failed. All windows should be checked BEFORE THE END OF YOUR CONTINGENCY PERIOD.
Your report includes many photographs which help to clarify where the inspector went, what was looked at, and the condition of a system or component at the time of the inspection. Some of the pictures may be of deficiencies or problem areas, these are to help you better understand what is documented in this report and may allow you see areas or items that you normally would not see. A pictured issue does not necessarily mean that the issue was limited to that area only, but may be a representation of a condition that is in multiple places. Not all areas of deficiencies or conditions will be supported with photos. Photo inclusion is at the discretion of the inspector and in no way is meant to emphasize or highlight the only conditions that were seen. We always recommend full review of the entire inspection report. Numerous pictures may be taken of a house but not all photographs will necessarily be included with the report.
Due to personal items such as towels, clothing, personal items, hygiene and/or cleaning products, a full evaluation of the cabinets and closets could not be made. I recommend you carefully inspect the cabinets and closets prior to close of escrow. The home inspector does not move personal items, panels, furniture, equipment, plant life, soil, or debris that obstructs access or visibility.
CLIENTS DUTY: Client agrees to read the entire written report when it is received and promptly call Inspector with any questions or concerns regarding the inspection or the written report. The written report shall be the final and exclusive findings of Inspector. Client acknowledges that Inspector is a generalist and that further investigation of a reported condition by an appropriate specialist may provide additional information which can affect Clients purchase decision. Client agrees to obtain further evaluation of reported conditions before removing any investigation contingency and prior to the close of the transaction.
This report meets or exceeds the National Association of Home Inspectors standard of practices. (http://nachi.org/sop.htm)
This is not a wood destroying organism inspection (termite, rodent, dry rot, etc.). This is not a building code, ordinance, energy audit, or permit compliance inspection. It is not an inspection of modifications to the property and will not determine if in fact modifications exist and if they were performed with or without permits.
This is not a product recall report. Blue Lobster Home Inspection Inc does not research product recalls or notices of any kind. A basic home inspection does not include the identification of, or research for, appliances and other items installed in the home that may be recalled or have a consumer safety alert issued about it. Any comments made in the report are regarding well known notices and are provided as a courtesy only. Blue Lobster Home Inspection Inc recommend visiting the following internet site if recalls are a concern to you (http://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.asp). Product recalls and consumer product safety alerts are added almost daily. The CPSC web site is very easy to use and has an on-line subscription service for notification of any recalls or safety concerns. There are many subscription choices, including subscribing to recalls involving only selected products, e.g., infant/child products, sports and recreation products, outdoor products, household products, and specialty products. There are literally thousands of recalls and safety concerns that have been released since the Consumer Product Safety Commission began operating in 1973, and they all are listed. Not all recalls and safety concerns make the headlines of your local newspaper. Blue Lobster Home Inspection recommends that you subscribe to all CPSC press releases, including recalls. This will alert you to all recalls and safety concerns of products on the market today.
This is not a MOLD or ENVIRONMENTAL inspection. It is recommended that this property be fully tested and inspected by a mold specialist before close of the inspection contingency period.
BY ACCEPTANCE OF OUR INSPECTION REPORT YOU AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE CONTRACT
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