CONTRACT FOR SERVICES WITH FIRST HOME INSPECTION

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First Home Inspection

3 Lane St Tilton IL 61833

(217) 427-5616

CONTRACT FOR SERVICES

  

PURPOSE OF THE INSPECTION

The purpose of the inspection and written report provided by First Home Inspection Company (herein referred to as FHIC) is to communicate the inspector's opinion of the general condition of the readily accessible covered systems and components as listed in the report. The inspection is not a pass/fail process nor a code compliance inspection. This level of inspection is not intended to replace the services of specialists and if there are any areas of concern it is advised to consult with a specialist.

USE BY OTHERS/SEVERABILITY

The inspection report was performed for the sole and exclusive use and benefit of the client and said report is not transferable to any other party. Should any portion of this contract be deemed unenforceable, the remainder of the contract shall be enforced as though the unenforceable portion did not exist. The client agrees that delivery of the inspection report to their designated representative constitutes receipt of the report on behalf of the client. If the inspection is performed for the use and benefit of two or more clients/owners/purchasers, the signature of one of the clients constitutes acceptance of the terms on behalf of all clients.

DISPUTES/ARBITRATION

With the exception of the issue of payment for the inspection, any dispute, controversy or claim(s) including, but not limited to, breach of contract, negligence, or misrepresentation arising out of or relating to this contract and any services provided by FHIC shall be settled by binding arbitration. The accepted standards by which the inspection and written report shall be judged is based on common knowledge of the inspection industry and construction and mechanical practices in the county where the home is located. With the exception of disputes regarding valid payment of the inspection fee, the initiation of any other form of dispute resolution other than arbitration will constitute a breach of contract. Judgments or awards rendered through arbitration may be entered into any court having jurisdiction.

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS

The client agrees that no action may be brought to recover damages against the inspector or inspection company more than one year (365 days) after the date of inspection. Time is expressly of the essence herein. The customer understands that this time period may be shorter than allowed by law. The client shall give proper written notice via U.S. postal service during this time of any disputes. Failure to do so shall constitute a waiver of all claims.

LIABILITY LIMITATION

The maximum relief available to the client from FHIC, its owners, operators, or agents, for any and all errors, omissions, or breach of contract due to negligent performance of the terms of this contract or due to breach of contract expressly limited to a monetary amount not to exceed the fee paid for the inspection. 

CLIENT RESPONSIBILITIES

With the exception of temporary repairs for emergencies, no permanent repairs, modifications, or alterations are to be made to any area in dispute prior to providing written notification to FHIC of said dispute. Client shall provide FHIC, its agents, representatives, etc., reasonable time to re-inspect the property before and after any and all permanent corrective action is performed of any area of dispute. FHIC reserves the right to obtain copies (at the expense of FHIC) of all relevant documentation including but not limited to engineering reports, receipts, estimates, photos etc., of any area of alleged disputes. Failure to give proper written and timely notice within fourteen (14) days of discovery of said problem or making permanent alterations will constitute a waiver of all claims and breach of contract.

INTEGRATION

This contract for services between FHIC and the client referenced below represents the entire, integrated agreement between the parties hereto and supersedes all prior negotiations, representations or agreements.


THE FOLLOWING ARE EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS WITH FIRST HOME INSPECTION SERVICES

* Docks, sea walls, or retaining/divider type walls.

* Window or wall mounted air conditioner units

* HVAC or electrical load distribution calculations

* Systems or components not permanently installed.

* Evaluation of fire-resistive qualities or designs

* Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements

* Latent and/or hidden conditions or defects.

* Evaluation is of readily accessible areas and components only.

* No dismantling, destruction, or alterations can be made during the inspection.

* Operational tests are from the normal operating controls utilized by the homeowner.

* The inspector is not required to move items such as furniture, carpet, appliances, insulation, personal property, etc.

* Inspector reserves the right not to travel in/on or inspect areas if there is health or safety concerns, limited clearance,  or potential for damage to the property.

* Additional limitations may be encountered during the inspection process and will be listed in the inspection report.

* No warranties, guaranties, or insurance coverage is implied or provided, nor is any liability for repairs or replacement of  any system or component, whether covered or excluded, is assumed by FHIC. 

Mold test    Wood boring insects   Well systems Appliances

Radon test    Swimming pools  Central vacuums Fuel tanks

Lead test   Low voltage systems  Geological hazards Antennas

Asbestos test   Satellite disks  Spas, saunas, whirlpools Fences

Sprinklers   Appliances    Telephone & cable wires Flooding

Air filters     Concealed items  Limited space heaters Sprinklers

Solar panels   Mine subsidence  Alarm systems Intercoms

Humidifiers   Code Compliance  Detection devices Outbuildings

Stucco drainage Ejector pumps  Product recalls Odors

Cosmetic Flaws   Wood boring insects Private waste systems Generators

Remote controls   Chimney draft  Water Softeners Chemical hazards

PAYMENT CONDITIONS

Full payment is due at the time the services are performed. If a full valid payment is not made, the client 

agrees to pay the full inspection fee along with all legal costs, attorney fees, and an administrative 

fee of $25.00 per hour for all time required by FHIC in the collection of the inspection fee.