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PURPOSE AND SCOPE


It should be noted that a standard pre-purchase inspection is a visual assessment of the condition of the residence at the time of inspection. The inspection and inspection report are offered as an opinion only. Although every reasonable effort is made to discover and correctly interpret indications of previous or ongoing defects that may be present, it must be understood that no guarantee is implied nor responsibility assumed by the inspector or inspection company, for the actual condition of the building or property being examined.

This firm tries to perform all inspections in substantial compliance with the Standards of Practice set forth by the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) and the standards of practice set forth by the State of Florida taking preference. As such, our inspectors inspect the readily accessible and installed components and systems of home as outlined below:

This report contains observations of those systems and components that are, in the professional opinion of the inspector authoring this report, significantly deficient or are near the end of their expected service life. If the cause for the deficiency is not readily apparent, the suspected cause or reason why the system or component is at or near end of expected service life is reported, and recommendations for correction or monitoring are made as appropriate. When systems or components designated for inspection in the NACHI standards are present but are not inspected, the reason the item was not inspected is reported as well.

EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS

The NACHI Standards of Practice are applicable to buildings with four or fewer dwelling units and their garages or carports. They are the bare minimum standard for home inspection, are not technically exhaustive and do not identify concealed conditions or latent defects. Inspectors are NOT required to determine the condition of any system or component that is not readily accessible; the remaining service life of any system or component; the strength, adequacy, effectiveness or efficiency of any system or component; causes of any condition or deficiency; methods materials or cost of corrections; future conditions including but not limited to failure of systems and components; the suitability of the property for any specialized use; compliance with regulatory codes, regulations, laws or ordinances; the market value of the property or its marketability; the advisability of the purchase of the property; the presence of potentially hazardous plants or animals including but not limited to wood destroying organisms or diseases harmful to humans; the presence of any environmental hazards including, but not limited to toxins, carcinogens, noise, and contaminants in soil, water or air; the effectiveness of any system installed or methods utilized to control or remove suspected hazardous substances; the operating costs of any systems or components and the acoustical properties of any systems or components.

Inspectors re NOT required to operate any system or component that is shut down or otherwise inoperable; any system or component which does not respond to normal operating controls or any shut off valves.

Inspectors are NOT required to offer or perform any act or service contrary to law; offer or perform engineering services or work in any trade or professional service other than home inspection.

We DO NOT offer or provide warranties or guarantees of any kind unless clearly explained and agreed to by both parties in the formal pre-inspection agreement.

Inspectors are NOT required to inspect underground items including, but not limited to underground storage tanks or other underground indications of their presence, whether abandoned or active; systems or components that are not installed; decorative items; systems or components that are in areas not entered in accordance with the ASI Standards of Practice; detached structures other than carports or garages; common elements or common areas in multi-unit housing, such as condominium properties or cooperative housing.

Inspectors are NOT required to perform any procedure or operation which will, in the opinion of the inspector, likely be dangerous to the inspector or others or damage the property, its systems or components; move suspended ceiling tiles, personal property, furniture, equipment, plants, soil, snow, ice or debris or dismantle any system or component, except as explicitly required by the NACHI Standards of Practice.

Our inspectors are NOT required to enter under-floor crawlspaces or attics that re not readily accessible nor any area which will, in the opinion of the inspector, likely be dangerous to the inspector or others persons or damage the property or its systems or components.

We do not limit our inspectors from examining other systems and components or including other inspection services. Likewise, if the inspector is qualified and willing to do so, an inspector may specify the type of repairs to be made. The inspector may also exclude those systems or components that client specifically requests not be included within the scope of the inspection. If systems or components are excluded at the request of the client they are listed herein.


Report prepared by Stephen Prinkey, CPI