SCOPE OF THE GENERAL INSPECTION: Client understands the property inspection is a non-invasive inspection/physical examination of the structure as it appeared on the day of the inspection. No representation is made as to any condition that may change after the date of the inspection. It is acknowledged and understood that the inspector is not to open, move, lift or change any condition within the structure on the day of inspection. It is further understood that
the inspection is performed to identify material defects in the systems, structures, and components of the above referenced property and its associated primary structure. A material defect is a condition that significantly affects the value, desirability, habitability, or safety of the building. Style or aesthetics shall not be considered in determining whether a specific system, structure, or component is defective.
LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS: There are limitations, exceptions and exclusions to the inspection described within the DOL Standards of Practice. These limitations, exceptions and exclusions may include any system, structure or
component of the building which is inaccessible, concealed from view, or cannot be inspected due to circumstances beyond the control of the inspector, or which the Client has agreed is not to be inspected. Where components are identical and numerous, a representative sample will be assessed. The inspector will be limited in his ability to identify issues and/or conditions should the effects of weather, inoperable systems and/or barriers presented by an occupied
structure, such as: furniture; throw rugs; computers; personal items; inaccessibility due to personal items; etc., prevent full discovery. Some problems or conditions may only become apparent after the structure has been occupied by a new owner and in use for a length of time. Further, there will be defects in the structure which are not visible during the inspection and thus not reported on, particularly with older structures. Therefore, it is not reasonable to expect all problems or conditions to be identified during a one-time inspection, no matter how thorough or deliberate the inspection
may be. Cameo will not purchase insurance on your behalf. The following are excluded from the scope of the inspection unless specifically agreed upon in writing between inspector and client and for an additional fee which shall also be set forth in writing:
a. Formulating an opinion as to compliance with manufacturer’s specifications and/or installation guidelines, building codes, ordinances, regulations, covenants, or any and all restrictions running with the land;
b. Obtaining, reviewing or formulating an opinion as to permits, governmental limitations, building and safety (documents, conditions or controlled area), districts specifically designated for its geologic properties (examples including but not
limited to flood control, gas-methane district, etc.), contractor’s plans/drawings, legal or Real Estate documents/limitations, etc.;
c. Geotechnical, engineering, structural, architectural, geological, hydrological, land surveying geological, or regionally specified zones or soils related examinations;
d. Examination of conditions related to animals, rodents, non-wood destroying insects, mold, mildew, fungus, water intrusion (or its origin), toxic substances (lead, asbestos, etc), environmental hazards/conditions, floods or damage related there from. (Note that a Complete Wood Destroying Organism report accompanies the home inspection report);
e. Adequacy, efficiency, durability, or remaining useful life, costs to repair, replace or operate, fair market value, marketability, quality, or advisability of purchase of the property or any component therein;
f. Dismantling of any system or component to perform any intrusive or destructive test or analysis;
g. Examining or evaluating fire resistive qualities of any system, structure or component of the building or security systems/protection;
h. Security systems, structures or components of the building which may or may not be permanently installed including security bars, locks, security devices, alarms, or related security devices, etc.;
i. Systems, structures or components not specifically identified in the written inspection report;
j. Common areas or systems, structures, or components thereof, including, but not limited to, those of a common interest
development as defined under the laws of Washington State;
k. Examining or evaluating the acoustical or other nuisance characteristics of any system, structure, or component of the
building, complex, adjoining properties, or neighborhood;
l. Operating or evaluating low voltage electrical systems, antennas, security systems, cable or satellite television, telephone, remote controls, radio controls, timers, intercoms, computers, photo-electric, motion sensing, garden/outdoor lighting, or other such similar non-primary electrical power devices, components or systems.
m. Fountains, water features and systems, sprinkler systems of all designs and structure are not included in this report;
n. The inspector will not determine or inspect property lines, boundaries, fences, hedges, walls, and other natural or constructed barriers for their accuracy or correctness. If the client should have any concerns as to property boundaries, a licensed surveyor should be retained by the client to investigate further;
o. Defining the manufacturer or issues directly or indirectly related to drywall from the Peoples Republic of China.
EXHAUSTIVE INSPECTION: The Client understands that instead of having a general home inspection, they could have a thorough, technically detailed and “exhaustive inspection” of the property. An “exhaustive inspection” covers all issues related to the property which are excluded by a general home inspection. For instance, an “exhaustive inspection” of the
home includes; permit history, construction, in depth analysis of all systems with demonstrative testing by use of outside experts from all specialized trades including, but not limited to electrical, construction, plumbing, soils, geological, building and safety, oil and gas, architectures, etc. Such additional expert examinations/inspections would be in addition to the cost of this inspector alone which, for an “exhaustive inspection”, would be $150.00 per hour. Total expenses for such an “exhaustive inspection”, even for the most straightforward property, and without the additional expense of other experts, will range between $1,000.00 and $5,000.00, depending on the size of the home, appurtenances thereto and other related
issues. I/we understand that I/we may request the inspector to schedule and perform an “exhaustive inspection” of the property instead of a general home inspection.