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ALL ITEMS IN RED PRINT ARE OF IMMEDIATE CONCERN TO THIS STRUCTURE AND SHOULD BE FURTHER EVALUATED BEFORE THE CLOSE IN ESCROW. HOWEVER, THE ENTIRE REPORT MUST BE READ FOR FULL DISCLOSURE, AS OTHER ITEMS WRITTEN IN THE REPORT MAY REQUIRE FURTHER EVALUATION AS DEEMED BY THE OPINION OF THE READER. IF A FURTHER EVALUATION IS NOT PERFORMED AND ADDITIONAL DEFECTS ARE FOUND AFTER THE CONTINGENCY PERIOD HAS EXPIRED, THEN ANY DISPUTES OR CLAIMS AGAINST THE INSPECTION WILL BE DENIED. SIMPLY PUT, IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THE ADVICE IN THIS REPORT, THEN YOU CANNOT HOLD THE INSPECTOR OR THE INSPECTION REPORT LIABLE AFTER YOU MOVE INTO THE INSPECTED STRUCTURE OR PROPERTY.
This is a limited Inspection:
It is impossible to inspect every square inch of every area of a home in a limited time frame. A home inspection is designed to reflect, as accurately as possible, the visible condition of the home at the time of the inspection only and does NOT reflect, anticipate or predict future conditions. Conditions at a home for sale can change radically in only a day or two, so a home inspection is not meant to guarantee what condition a home will be in when the transaction closes. Its not uncommon for conditions to change between the time of the inspection and the closing date. During this inspection your inspector did not dismantle equipment, dismantle any structural items, apply stress or destructive testing. Areas that are hidden, painted over, disguised and/or not readily visible are not covered in this report. Our report is not a guarantee or warranty on the condition of your property or its contents. This report provides an unbiased visual inspection only. Signature Home Inspection inspections are performed with consideration given to the age of the structure. Defects will be indicated and marked as such, even though the condition may be normal for the age, and should be inspected by the appropriate licensed contractor. Opinions vary from person to person and this report is the opinion of the inspector and must be considered as such. The Inspector does not determine the age or remaining life of any system or building material during this inspection. Cosmetic items are considered obvious and are often not included in your report. Your report does not include all items covered in the REAL ESTATE TRANSFER DISCLOSURE FORM. We recommend that you read the Disclaimers page in complete detail to understand.
An attorney and/or real estate broker should be consulted on additional items not included in this report.
Mold spores, asbestos , formaldehyde, radon, lead paint, Chinese drywall, poria and all other toxic items of concern cannot be identified as toxic and/or dangerous with this inspection report. Your inspector is not certified to identify any of these toxic or dangerous items and will not include any information on them in this report. Its recommended the client have the property tested by a certified expert in these areas, in all cases.
Houses/structures built between 1965 and 1974 have the possibility of aluminum wiring present throughout structure. It is recommend that a licensed electrician further evaluate houses built in this era for aluminum wiring.
Houses/structures with galvanized or cast iron plumbing present are highly recommended to be further evaluated by a plumbing contractor regardless of the age of the plumbing.*
Houses/structures built prior to 1978 can contain asbestos materials. It is recommend that a licensed asbestos contractor/inspector further evaluate houses/structures built in this era for asbestos materials. The Home Inspector will not determine or include in the report if asbestos is present at any structure or in any materials at a structure.*
Houses/structures built prior to 1982 can contain lead paint. It is recommend that a licensed lead inspector further evaluate houses/structures built in this era for lead paint materials.*
*Signature Home Inspection will not engage in any claims regarding aluminum wiring, asbestos or lead paint.
Your report may include digitally imaged photos of certain problem areas (should they exist). Also included are pictures (General Views) to establish location and identification. It is not a requirement that your Home Inspector photograph every area or defect of the home; additional photos may be taken and included in your report as a courtesy. The Inspector CANNOT use photos provided by anyone else for the inspection report. Any photos included in the report must be taken by the Inspector only, with the Inspectors camera only!
PLEASE CAREFULLY READ YOUR ENTIRE INSPECTION REPORT.
Call your inspector after you have reviewed your report, so we can go over any questions you may have. Remember, when the inspection is completed and the report is delivered, we are still available to you for any questions you may have, throughout the entire closing process.
Properties being inspected do not Pass or Fail. - The following report is based on an inspection of the visible areas of the structure; inspection may be limited by vegetation, height restrictions, weather and possessions. Depending on the age of the structure, some items like GFCI outlets may not be installed; this report will focus on safety and function, not current building codes. This report identifies specific non-building code, non-cosmetic concerns that the inspector feels may need further investigation or repair. It is NOT a requirement that a home being sold be brought up to todays building code standards.
We advise you to check all building permits for all areas of the structures present, a home inspection is NOT a building code violation inspection. If the proper building permits have not been obtained and/or do not have final building inspection signatures, then you cannot assume that these areas were installed to applicable building codes. Further investigation beyond the scope of the home inspection may be needed.
Needs to be serviced is a common phrase used throughout this report and means, in the Inspectors opinion; maintenance, repair or upgrade is needed and the item should be further evaluated. Often the items discovered by the Inspector are only clues to a potentially larger issue, further evaluation may uncover other items the inspector did not see or disclose during the inspection. For your safety and liability purposes, we recommend that licensed contractors further evaluate and repair any and all concerns and defects noted in the report.
Lateral Sewer Line Camera Inspection: Underground drains cannot be viewed by the Inspector and can often have internal issues that do not reveal themselves during the home inspection. We highly advise you to have a sewer camera inspection prior to the release of inspection contingencies.
Every home or structure is different, therefore may be inspected in various formats. Inspections can take anywhere from 1 to 4 hours depending on the size of the structure or the age of the structure being inspected. The condition of the home or structure being inspected may also play a role in the time it takes for the inspection; the more defects there are to document, the longer the inspection will take. Inspection methods are generally the same among all inspectors, however experience and inspectors personal preferences may differ between Inspectors. This is the same for report writing. While Inspectors are provided with common statements to use in their report, they are also given the freedom to narrate or edit comments as they see fit for each inspection. The Inspector cannot predict or find every defect in a structure being inspected. The time frame for an inspection only allows the Inspector to examine areas in a location by location order. If a defect arises in another area of the structure (including the exterior) for which this defect was not present or visible at the time of the inspection, then the Inspector cannot be liable for notifying you of the defect. For example: The inspector evaluates the exterior of the home first and finds no defects...but later runs the water at the kitchen sink and the water is not visibly leaking under the kitchen sink, but somehow is leaking through the exterior wall to the exterior, the Inspector will not back-track and re-inspect the exterior and will likely not see this or note the defect.
During the inspection, the water is turned on at all visible and/or accessible fixtures at the structure. In most cases, no water fixtures should be left unattended while turned on. There is no set standard time frame for how long each fixture should be operated. The Inspector will operate the water fixtures as long as is needed to determine if both the hot and/or cold water is operating at the designated fixture. Leaks can only be documented if they are visible at the time of operating the designated fixture. Future leaks cannot be predicted! A home inspector cannot determine if there are plumbing leaks inside walls or ceilings unless visible moisture or explicit signs of moisture are present and visible at the time of the inspection. This inspection does not include confirmation of water conservation devices at any fixture.
Note that this report is a snapshot in time and not a prediction of future conditions. We recommend that you or your representative carry out a final walk-through inspection immediately before closing to check the condition of the property, using this report as a guide. Conditions can change at any time during escrow time periods. You are 100% responsible for verifying all conditions prior to close of escrow.
THIS REPORT IS NON-TRANSFERABLE TO ANOTHER PARTY, NO EXCEPTIONS.
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