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Terms of and information for your Custom Structural

and Mechanical Home Inspection


The State of Arkansas Standards of Practice and code of ethics are available at www.ahib.org
This report complies with the Arkansas Standards of Practice and code of ethics.


The job of the inspector is to Observe and Report.


This inspection and report is not a guarantee or warrantee concerning the home and equipment or its usefulness.


The scope of the inspection and report is a limited visual inspection of the readily accessible, visually observable, installed systems and components and the conditions existing at the time of and on the day of the inspection. Conditions may change between the inspection and closing/moving date.


A home inspector cannot predict when a mechanical, electrical, plumbing or structural item will fail. The inspection should report (in the professional judgment of the inspector) those systems that are not functioning properly, significantly deficient, unsafe or are near the end of their service lives. The report should make suggestions to correct, or monitor for future correction, the deficiencies reported or items needing further evaluation. The report does not report methods, materials, or costs of corrections.


Repairs and maintenance suggestions are not a comprehensive list but a guide for you to use in making decisions.


While your inspection is very detailed, it is not possible to report every small repair item or potential repair.


The items under suggested repairs and maintenance are the inspector's opinions only and are not binding to the parties of the transaction.


The inspector is acting as a generalist and not as a licensed specialist in any specific area.


*The inspector is not a foundation, structural or roofing professional; does not have technical licenses in heating, cooling, plumbing or any other technical area other than electrical. It is suggested you obtain opinions from State licensed professional technicians within each specific field.


The inspector, by law, must refer all technical questions concerning proper installations or repairs to qualified, State licensed professional companies within each field.


All utilities must be on at the time of the inspection in order to complete a full inspection.


Return inspections will not be made due to a lack of utilities, coordination or to review repairs.
Return inspection fees are a minimum of 50% of the original fee. Billable time includes coordination, one way travel, on-site re-inspection and report preparation.


Claims for failure to accurately report: Client understands and agrees that any claim for failure to accurately report the visually discernible conditions at the inspected property on the day of inspection shall be reported to the inspector within ten (10) business days of discovery. The client or persons representing the client will make no repairs to the claimed discrepancy prior to a re-inspection by the inspector. Failure to notify the inspector as stated above shall constitute a waiver of any and all claims. In any case, the liability of the inspector shall be limited to a sum equal to the amount of the inspection fee.


As applicable, the systems and conditions which

are not within the scope of the inspection include:


‣  Underground or inaccessible utilities including gas, water, private wells, waste or sewer (including interior corrosion of water or sewer lines), electrical or sprinkler pipes or systems.

‣  Foundations or underground drainage; other than indicators listed under the foundation heading. Slab Foundations and underground drainage are generally not visible or accessible.

‣  Hot and cold washer connections, clothes washers, dryers, freezers, refrigerators and water connections.

‣  The presence or absence of mold, asbestos, and radon, lead based paint and termite/pest infestation.

‣  Concealed defects or deficiencies, piping, wiring or other parts of the structure that cannot be readily accessed. Furnishings or equipment will not be moved or dismantled.

‣  Detached buildings other than garages and carports.

‣  Toxic materials, illegal drugs or the manufacture of drugs within the home or detached buildings

‣  Stucco, EIFS or false stucco (Exterior Insulated Finish Systems).

‣  Cosmetic deficiencies, door/window locks/latches, or central vacuum systems.

‣  Hot tubs, spas, swimming pools, solar panels, elevators, intercoms, sound or security/fire alarm systems.

‣  Back-up generators of any type.

‣  Cooling units if the exterior temperature is or has been below 60 degree prior to the day of inspection.

‣  The roof, if the pitch (6-12 or greater) is too steep or high to safely access or there are other seasonal impediments. Shake, wood or tile roofing cannot be walked for fear of damaging the shingles or tiles.