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Authorization for Home Inspection Services

Baker Home Inspection Inc.
5537 Mount Hermon Church Road
Salisbury, Md. 21804
443-783-2392

www.bakerhomeinspection.com
www.salisbury-home-inspector.com

Pre-Inspection Agreement

THIS AGREEMENT is made and entered into by and between Baker Home Inspection Inc, referred to as "Inspector", and the Client Name shown above, referred to as "Client".

In consideration of the promise and terms of this Agreement, the parties agree as follows:

1. The client will pay the sum of $____.__ for the inspection of the "Property", being the residence, and attached garage or carport, if applicable, located at the address shown above.

2. The Inspector will perform a visual inspection and prepare a written report of the apparent condition of the readily accessible installed systems and components of the property existing at the time of the inspection. Latent and concealed defects and deficiencies are excluded from the inspection.

3. The parties agree that the "Standards of Practice" (the "Standards") shall define the standard of duty and the conditions, limitations, and exclusions of the inspection and are incorporated by reference herein. If the State/Province where the inspection is performed imposes more stringent standards or administrative rule, then those standards shall define the standard of duty and the conditions, limitations and exclusions of the inspection.

4. The parties understand and agree that the Inspector and its employees and its agents assume no liability or responsibility for the costs of repairing or replacing any unreported defects or deficiencies either current or arising in the future or any property damage, consequential damage or bodily injury of any nature. If repairs or replacement is done without giving the Inspector the required notice, the Inspector will have no liability to the Client. The client further agrees that the Inspector is liable only up to the cost of the inspection. This clause may be contrary to local law. Please verify applicability.

5. The parties agree and understand the Inspector is not an insurer or guarantor against defects in the structure, items, components or systems inspected. INSPECTOR MAKES NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE FITNESS FOR USE, CONDITION, PERFORMANCE OR ADEQUACY OF ANY INSPECTED STRUCTURE, ITEM, COMPONENT, OR SYSTEM.

6. If Client is married, Client represents that this obligation is a family obligation incurred in the interest of the family.

7. This Agreement, including the terms and conditions, represents the entire agreement between the parties and there are no other agreements either written or oral between them. This Agreement shall be amended only by written agreement signed by both parties. This Agreement shall be construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the state the inspection is performed in, and if that state's laws or regulations are more stringent than the forms of the agreement, the state law or rule shall govern.

8. Systems, items, and conditions which are not within the scope of the building inspection include, but are not limited to: radon, formaldehyde, lead paint, asbestos, toxic or flammable materials, molds, fungi, other environmental hazards; pest infestation; security and fire protection systems; household appliances; humidifiers; paint, wallpaper and other treatments to windows, interior walls, ceilings and floors; recreational equipment or facilities; pool/spa water purification systems (ozone/saltwater, etc.); underground storage tanks, energy efficiency measurements; motion or photo-electric sensor lighting; concealed or private secured systems; water wells; all overflow drains; heating systems accessories; solar heating systems; heat exchangers; lawn sprinkling systems; water softener or purification systems; central vacuum systems, telephone, intercom or cable TV systems; antennae, lightning arrestors, load controllers; trees or plants; governing codes, ordinances, statutes and covenants and manufacturer specifications, recalls and EIFS. Client understands that these systems, items and conditions are excepted from this inspection. Any general comments about these systems, items and conditions of the written report are informal only and DO NOT represent an inspection.

9. The Inspection and report are performed and prepared for the sole and exclusive use and possession of the Client. No other person or entity may rely on the report issued pursuant to this Agreement. In the event that any person, not a party to this Agreement, makes any claim against Inspector, its employees or agents, arising out of the services performed by Inspector under this Agreement, the Client agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Inspector from any and all damages, expenses, costs and attorney fees arising from such a claim.

10. The Inspection will not include an appraisal of the value or a survey. The written report is not a compliance inspection or certification for past or present governmental codes or regulations of any kind.

11. In the event of a claim by the Client that an installed system or component of the premises which was inspected by the Inspector was not in the condition reported by the Inspector, the Client agrees to notify the Inspector at least 72 hours prior to repairing or replacing such system or component. The Client further agrees that the Inspector is liable only if there has been a complete failure to follow the standards adhered to in the report or State law. Furthermore, any legal action must be brought within two (2) years from the date of the inspection or will be deemed waived and forever barred.

12. “CHINESE DRYWALL EXCLUSION”

The Client specifically acknowledges that the property inspection will not and is not intended to detect, identify, disclose or report on the presence of Chinese Drywall products or the actual or potential environmental concerns or hazards arising out of the existence of these products.

Client agrees to hold the Company and Inspector harmless for any injury, health risk or damages of any nature caused or contributed to by these products.

Furthermore, Client acknowledges that any discussions regarding the actual or potential presence of Chinese Drywall are informative in nature only and that the Property Inspection Company and/or Inspector do not hold the Company or themselves to be experts pertaining to the potential concerns associated with Chinese Drywall.

13. Any dispute, controversy, interpretation or claim including claims for, but not limited to, breach of contract, any form of negligence, fraud, or misinterpretation arising out of, from or related to, this contract or arising out of, from or related to the inspection or inspection report shall be submitted first to a Non-Binding Mediation conference and
absent a voluntary settlement through Non-Binding Mediation to be followed by final and Binding Arbitration, if necessary, as conducted by Construction Dispute Resolution Services, LLC or Resolute Systems, Inc. utilizing their respective Rules and Procedures. If you would like to utilize the Mediation or Arbitration services of another
dispute resolution provider other than one of those so stated please submit your recommendation to us for our consideration. If the dispute is submitted to Binding Arbitration, the decision of the Arbitrator appointed there under shall be final and binding and the enforcement of the Arbitration Award may be entered in any Court or
administrative tribunal having jurisdiction thereof. NOTICE: YOU AND WE WOULD HAVE A RIGHT OR OPPORTUNITY TO LITIGATE DISPUTES THROUGH A COURT AND HAVE A JUDGE OR JURY DECIDE THE DISPUTES BUT HAVE AGREED INSTEAD TO RESOLVE DISPUTES THROUGH MEDIATION AND BINDING ARBITRATION.

14. "Your inspector may have an affiliation with a third party service provider ("TPSP") in order to offer you additional value- added services. By entering into this agreement you (a) authorize your inspector to provide your contact information (including telephone number) to the TPSP, (b) waive and release any restrictions that may prevent the TPSP from contacting you (including by telephone), and (c) authorize the TPSP to contact you (including by telephone) regarding special home alarm system offers."

15. This inspection does not determine whether the property is insurable.

16. Exclusions of systems normally inspected _______________________________

Client has read this entire Agreement and accepts and understands this Agreement as hereby acknowledged. If no state regulations apply, this report adheres to the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Standards, which is available upon request.

Signature: ___________________________________________ Date: __________ Day: ____________

Signature: ___________________________________________ Date: __________ Day: ____________

Address: ____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Buyer Present: [ ] Yes [ ] No
Agent present: [ ] Yes [ ] No
Client agrees to release reports to seller/buyer/Realtor®: [ ] Yes [ ] No

Inspector: ___________________________________________ Date: __________ Day: ____________

Definitions:

1. Apparent Condition: Systems and components are rated as follows:

Satisfactory (Sat.) Indicates the component is functionally consistent with its original purpose but may show signs of normal wear and tear and deterioration.

Marginal (Marg.) Indicates the component will probably require repair or replacement anytime within five years.

Poor - Indicates the component will need repair or replacement now or in the very near future.

Significant Issues - A system or component that is considered significantly deficient, inoperable or is unsafe.

Safety Hazard - Denotes a condition that is unsafe and in need of prompt attention.

2.Installed systems and components: structural components; exterior; interior; roofing; plumbing; electrical; heating; central air-conditioning (weather permitting); insulation and ventilation.

3. Readily accessible systems and components: only those systems and components where Inspector is not required to remove personal items, furniture, equipment, soil, snow or other items which obstruct access or visibility.

4. Any component not listed as being deficient in some manner is assumed to be satisfactory.

Please read the contract and sign below. Your electronic signature will be your acceptance of the home inspection agreement between the inspector and you.

Please print a copy of the home inspection agreement for your records.

The day this document is considered complete.

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The address of the planned inspection.


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