Thank you for choosing Signature Home Inspection (SHI) to inspect your new home! Please carefully read your entire Inspection Report. If you have any questions throughout the closing process don't hesitate to ask. This report is based on an inspection of the visible portion of the structure at the time of the inspection with a focus on safety and function, not on current building or municipality codes. Any and all evaluations or repairs made by SHI should be carried out prior to closing. We recommend that you and/or your representative carry out a final walk-through inspection immediately before closing to check the condition of the property.
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 the evidence that is 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.
We do not review plans, permits, recall lists, and/or government or local municipality documents. Information regarding recalled appliances, fixtures and any other items in this property can be found on the Consumer Product Safety website. These items may be present but are not reviewed.
We are specifically prohibited by state law from commenting on damage caused by termites and other wood-destroying organisms, which is the responsibility of a state-licensed pest control expert and commonly mandated as a condition of sale and usually scheduled and paid for by the sellers. More importantly, 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 this company and other companies for an additional fee.
Numerous digital photographs have been taken of the house to document the flaws noted or defects observed when possible. Sometimes it is not possible to take a photograph of a defect due to location, lighting, or other obstructions. Numerous pictures may be taken of a house but not all photographs will necessarily be included with the report.
If similar defects are found at several locations throughout the house, only a representative number of photos may be shown in the report. Repair should not be limited to only those areas, but at all instances of the defect (such as aged angle stop valves, failed GFCI, failed windows, worn rollers, etc.)
Due to personal items such as towels, clothing, personal items, hygiene and/or cleaning products, There is limited accessibility and visibility as a result. We may not be able to test or inspect each and every outlet, heating and air conditioning supply, window, wall surface or other inaccessible components. We therefore recommend a follow-up inspection to be performed prior to the close of title, perhaps at your pre-closing walk through when furnishings and stored items are removed and accessibility is better. We 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.