Bud Williams Inspection Service

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Inspection Agreement

1. Client requests a limited visual inspection of the residential structure identified at the above address by the listed inspector of the above company, herein after collectively referred as the "Company" and Client hereby represents and warrants that all approvals necessary have been secured for Company's entrance on to the property.

2. Client warrants: (a) they have read the following Agreement carefully, (b) they understand they are bound by all the terms of this contract, and (c) they will read the entire inspection report when received and promptly call Company with any questions they may have.

3. Client understands that the inspection and inspection report are performed and prepared for their sole, confidential and exclusive use. Client agrees that they will not transfer or disclose any part of the inspection report to any other person with these exceptions ONLY. (a) one copy may be provided to the current sellers) of the property but only upon the express condition that the sellers) covenant to use the inspection report only in connection with Client's transaction, and agree not to transfer or disclose the report to any persons other than their real estate agent, and (b) one copy may be provided to the real estate agent representing Client and/or a bank or other lender for use in Client's transaction only. Client agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Company from any third party claims relating to this inspection or inspection report.

4. Company agrees to perform a limited visual inspection of the residential structure at the above address and to provide Client with a written opinion as to the apparent general condition of the structure's components and systems, including identification of significant observable deficiencies as they exist at the time of inspection. The inspection will be performed in a manner consistent with the standards of the Housing Inspection Foundation. A copy of these Standards are provided to Client, upon request.

5. Hidden areas:  The inspection only includes those systems and components expressly and specifically identified in the inspection report.  Any which is not exposed to view, is concealed, is inaccessible because of soil, walls, floors, carpets, ceilings, furnishing or any other thing, or those areas/items which have been excluded by the Housing Inspection Foundation standards and/or by agreement of the parties is not included in this inspection. The inspection does not include any destructive testing or dismantling. Client agrees to assume all the risk for all conditions which are concealed from view at the time of the inspection or exists in any area excluded from inspection by the terms of this agreement. This report is issued with the understanding that the Client has made a visual inspection of the premises. Maintenance and other items may be discussed but will NOT form a part of the inspection report. Repairs or remodeling may hide evidence of prior damage or defects.  We do suggest that you ask the seller about repairs that are covered up or any previous problems because we do not report on past conditions that appear corrected.  We do not inspect for latent defects, therefore, you should obtain a copy of the sellers disclosure statement.   


The following areas/items, systems and components are among those NOT included in the inspection:

  • Code or zoning violations
  • System or component installation
  • Permit research
  • Structural engineering, geological, soil, wave action or    hydrological stability, survey, engineering, analysis or testing
  • Latent or concealed defects
  • Asbestos, radon gas, lead paint, urea formaldehyde, toxic or flammable chemicals, water or air quality, PCB's or other toxins, UFFI, EMF, electro-magnetic fields, underground storage tanks, proximity to toxic waste sites or other environmental or health hazards
  • Private water or sewage systems
  • Pools, fountains or other types of or related systems and components
  • Elevators, lifts, dumbwaiters  (We only inspect their functionality.)
  • Thermostatic or time clock controls
  • Water softeners or purifiers (We inspect for leaks only)
  • Solar heating systems
  • Gas appliances such as fire pits, barbecues, portable heaters and lamps.
  • Installation of propane, gas, or oil systems.  We only inspect their functionality.  It is the responsibility of the installing person to obtain the proper permits and inspections of these installations.
  • Main LPG shut off valve
  • Any gas leaks
  • Shower/Tub overflows
  • Telephone jacks or connections
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Repair cost estimates
  • Building value appraisal
  • Radio controlled devices
  • Automatic gates
  • Odors or  noise
  • Soil analysis, adequacy of design, capacity, efficiency size, value, flood plain location, pollution, habitability
  • Seismic safety
  • Freestanding appliances
  • Security or fire safety systems
  • Smoke detectors
  • Health Department or fire marshal codes
  • Personal property
  • Any adverse condition that may affect the desirability of the  property 
  • Proximity to railroad tracks or airplane routes
  • Boundaries, easements or rights of way
  • Plumbing shut off or supply valves are observed for leaks only.  They are not tested.
  • Unique/technically complex systems or components
  • System or component life expectancy
  • Adequacy or efficiency of any system or component


Items specifically noted as excluded in the inspection report

If inspection is desired of any of the areas/items, systems or components listed above, then Client shall contract the appropriate professionals.

 6. No Warranty:  Client understands that the inspection and inspection report do not constitute a guarantee or warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, expressed or implied, or insurance policy, nor is it a substitute for real estate transfer disclosures which may be required by law. 

7. Oral Statements: The written report to be prepared by Company shall be considered the final exclusive findings of Company of the structure. Client understands and agrees they will not rely on any oral statements made by the Inspector prior to the issuance of the written report.

8. Notice in writing of claim within 10 days:  Client understands and agrees that any claim arising out of or related to any act or omission of Company in connection with the inspection of the residential structure, as limited herein, shall be made in writing and reported to Company within ten (10) business days of discovery. Client farther agrees to allow Company to reinspect the claimed discrepancy, with the exception of emergency conditions, before Client or Client's agents, employees or independent contractors repairs, replaces, alters or modifies the claimed discrepancy. Client understands and agrees that any failure to notify Company as stated above shall constitute a waiver of any and all claims Client may have against Company.

9. Arbitration:  Any dispute, controversy, interpretation or claim including claims for, but not limited to, breach of contract, any form of negligence, fraud or misrepresentation arising out of, from or related to this contract or arising out of, from or related to the inspection and inspection report shall be submitted for final and binding arbitration under the Rules and procedures of the Expedited Arbitration of Home Inspection Disputes of Construction Arbitration Services. Inc. The decision of the Arbitrator appointed thereunder shall be final and binding and judgment on the Award may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction. Client agrees that if they sue on this inspection, but do not prevail, they agree to pay all reasonable attorney’s fee.

10. Limit of Liability:  It is understood and agreed by and between the parties hereto that Company is not an insurer, that the payment for the subject inspection is based solely on the value of the service provided by Company in the performance of a limited visual inspect-tion of the general condition of the structure's systems and components as described in Paragraph 4 and production of a written inspection report, that because of the limited nature of this inspection the inspection cannot be expected to uncover all defects or deficiencies within the structure and that it is impracticable and extremely difficult to fix the actual damages, if any, which may result from a failure to perform such services. Thus, Client and company agree that in the event that Company breaches its obligation or duty to perform such service and Client is thereby damaged, then the liability of Company (including it's officers, agents and employees) shall be limited to a sum equal to the amount of the fee paid by the customer for inspection and report and this liability shall be exclusive.

11. This agreement forms a part of the inspection report: Client understands and agrees that if they are not present at the time of the inspection and/or do not sign this Agreement prior to the inspection that this agreement will form a part of the inspection report and acceptance of the inspection report by Client shall and payment therefore will constitute acceptance of the terms and conditions of this Agreement. If you were not present at the inspection and did not sign the Inspection Agreement you, by accepting, paying for, and/or using the inspection report you acknowledge and agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of the inspection agreement and further agree that the inspection agreement will form a part of the inspection report.

12. Invalidity:  If any portion of this Agreement is found to be invalid or unenforceable by any court or arbitrator the remaining terms shall remain in force between the parties.

13. Entire Agreement:  This Agreement represents the entire agreement between the parties. No oral agreements, understandings or representations shall change, modify or amend any part of this agreement. No change or  modification shall be enforceable against any party unless such changes or modification is in writing and signed by the parties. This agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the parties hereto and their spouses, heirs, executors, administrators, successors, assigns and representatives of any kind whatsoever.

The Client has read, understands and agrees to all the terms and conditions of this contract and to pay the fee for this inspection.