New Construction Phase Inspection Agreement
This is an Agreement between you, the undersigned Client, and us, the
Inspector, pertaining to our inspection of the construction of a
residence at: (address)
__________________________________________________ ___________. The
terms below govern this Agreement.
1. You will pay us a total of $__________ for our inspection. You will
pay us in three equal installments. This first payment is due when you
sign this Agreement. You will make the second payment when we complete
our second inspection. You will make the final payment when we provide
you with our final report.
2. We will perform a visual inspection of the construction and residence
in three phases. The first two inspections will take place during the
post pour / pre drywall phase, and we will provide a written report
after each inspection. The final inspection will take place when
construction is complete. We will provide you with a final written
report identifying the defects that we (1) observed and (2) deemed
material. These reports are only supplementary to the seller’s
disclosure. You understand that InterNACHI is not a party to this Agreement, has no control over us, and does not supervise us.
3. Unless otherwise indicated in writing, we will NOT test for the
presence of radon – a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that may be
harmful to humans. Unless otherwise indicated in writing, we will not
test for mold. Unless otherwise indicated in writing, we will not test
for compliance with applicable building codes or for the presence of or
for any potential dangers arising from the presence of asbestos, lead
paint, formaldehyde, soil contamination, and other environmental hazards
or violations. If any structure or portion of any structure that is to
be inspected is a log home, log structure or includes similar log
construction, you understand that such structures have unique
characteristics that may make it impossible for us to inspect and
evaluate them. Therefore, the scope of our inspection will not include
decay of the interior of logs in log walls, log foundations or roofs, or
4. Our inspection and report are for your use only. You give us
permission to discuss observations with real estate agents, owners,
repair persons, or other interested parties. You will be the sole owner
of the report and all rights to it. We are not responsible for use or
misinterpretation by third parties, and third parties who rely on it in
any way do so at their own risk and release us (including employees and
business entities) from any liability whatsoever. If you or any person
acting on your behalf provide the report to a third party who then sues
you and/or us, you release us for any liability agree to pay our costs
and legal fees in defending any action naming us. Our report is in no
way a guarantee or warranty, express or implied, regarding the future
use, operability, habitability or suitability of the home/building or
its components. We disclaim all warranties, express or implied, to the
fullest extent the law allows.
5. We assume no liability for the cost of repair or replacement of
unreported defects or deficiencies either current or arising in the
future. You agree that in all cases our liability shall be limited to
liquidated damages in an amount not greater than the fee you paid us.
You waive any claim for consequential, exemplary, special or incidental
damages or for the loss of the use of the home/building. You
acknowledge that the liquidated damages are not a penalty, but that we
intend them to (i) reflect the fact that actual damages may be difficult
and impractical to ascertain; (ii) allocate risk between us; and (iii)
enable us to perform the inspection for the agreed upon fee.
6. We do not perform engineering, architectural, plumbing, or any other
job function requiring an occupational license in the jurisdiction where
the property is located. If we hold a valid occupational license, we
may inform you of this and you may hire us to perform additional
functions. Any agreement for such additional services shall be in
7. If you believe you have a claim against us, you agree to provide us
with the following: (1) written notification of adverse conditions
within seven days of discovery; and (2) immediate access to the
premises. Failure to comply with these conditions releases us from
8. You agree that any litigation arising out of this Agreement shall be
filed only in the Court having jurisdiction in the County where we have
our principal place of business. If you fail to prove any claim against
us, you agree to pay all our legal costs, expenses and fees incurred in
defending that claim. You agree that any legal action against InterNACHI itself, allegedly arising out of this Agreement or our membership in InterNACHI, must be brought only in the District Court of Boulder County, Colorado. Before bringing any such action, you must provide InterNACHI with 30 days’ written notice of the nature of the claim. In any action against us or InterNACHI, you waive trial by jury.
9 If a court declares any provision of this Agreement invalid, the
remaining provisions remain in effect. This Agreement represents our
entire agreement; there are no terms or promises other than those set
forth herein. No statement or promise by us shall be binding unless
reduced to writing and signed by one of our authorized officers. Any
modification of this Agreement must be in writing and signed by you and
by one of our authorized officers. This Agreement shall be binding upon
and enforceable by the parties and those that acquire their interests in
this Agreement. You will have no cause of action against us after one
year from the date of the inspection.
10. You agree to pay all costs and attorney’s fees incurred in
collecting the fee owed to us. If the Client is a corporation, LLC, or
similar entity, you personally guarantee payment of the fee.
11. If you request a re-inspection, the re-inspection is subject to the terms of this Agreement.
12. You may not assign this Agreement.
13. If a court finds any term of this Agreement ambiguous or that it
otherwise requires judicial interpretation, the court shall not construe
that term against us by reason of the rule that any ambiguity in a
document is construed against the party drafting it. You had the
opportunity to consult qualified counsel before signing this Agreement.
14. If there is more than one Client, you are signing on behalf of all
of them, and you represent that you are authorized to do so.
I HAVE CAREFULLY READ THIS AGREEMENT. I AGREE TO IT AND ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIVING A COPY OF IT.
__________________________________________________ _______ __________________________________________________ _________
CLIENT (Date) CLIENT (Date)
Note: You can modify the language of the agreement for projects that require more than three inspections.