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Jharperinspect
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Is there anyone not doing inspection agreements and if so what is the liability for not having one? Also if you are using them but you never meet the client how would they see it? Just put it in the inspection report?

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I use a modified version of the InterNACHI agreement and it is signed electronically through ISN before the inspection. They send a confirmation email to you with a signed copy for your records.

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I use the InterNACHI as well. But Nathan has a website which does the same thing. I logged into it once, but I can't remember the address. It pretty much does the same thing as InterNACHI. So if you're not a member there are other ways to do online agreements.

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I don't use InterNACHI's agreement system; just their agreement.

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Does it cost me on ISN to setup an agreement and get it signed?

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Jharperinspect wrote:Is there anyone not doing inspection agreements and if so what is the liability for not having one? Also if you are using them but you never meet the client how would they see it? Just put it in the inspection report?


Nobody is answering you. Interested in the answers also.

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Jharperinspect wrote:Does it cost me on ISN to setup an agreement and get it signed?


If you are not currently an ISN user, you should get 60 days free. After that it's $20 a month minimum and $4 per inspection. All services should be included.

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ISN is the best $4 per inspection you can spend. Yes, it costs money.

I would NEVER not have an inspection agreement. AND if you have E&O insurance they require it to cover you.

If you don't have an agreement or E&O insurance you are opening yourself up for possible losses in the thousands and even tens of thousands.

If you don't have an LLC or Corporation you are opening yourself up to lose your personal property including your house and cars.

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Sheehan do you think you can possibly send your agreement through a pm so I could take a look?

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Jharperinspect wrote:Sheehan do you think you can possibly send your agreement through a pm so I could take a look?


Done

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Jharperinspect wrote:Is there anyone not doing inspection agreements and if so what is the liability for not having one? Also if you are using them but you never meet the client how would they see it? Just put it in the inspection report?


No one in Illinois is going without, it's required by the inspector licensing law. I would guess most other licensing laws require a contract as well. Does Tennessee license inspectors?

I'm curious about your questions. Why do you think inspectors would never meet their client? Personally, that rarely happens, like once every 50 inspections. BTW, not having an agreement would be like standing outside a personal injury lawyer's office and kicking guys in the nuts as they walk by.

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Depends on where your at, i dont think i would use just a blanket agreement. Some states have some specific laws that you may need to address in an agreement. Here in Texas its not a big thing on the agreement due to the fact you cant be sued when you act in context of a professional. Meaning we have very strict SOP's and when you follow them to a T you are a professional and cannot be sued under DCTPA. This is the big one everyone trys to avoid due to the treble damages and pain and suffering which can hit hard. I dont worry so much about an agreement due to this fact. But with that said i wrote my own, i do try to get it signed but if i dont its not a big issue because of the protection and as well have written in a fashion that if i cant get it signed the report cant be used to purchase a home and basically is null and void if the client does not get me a signed agreement to my office within 14 days of the inspection. This puts the burden on the client instead of me and it affords me protection by a hold harmless agreement in the report.

If your outside of Texas i would check your states laws very well before just using a cookie cutter contract.

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J Harper:

Your state licensing laws requires a contract, see below from TN rules. Never ever do an inspection without one signed. Use ISN, or fax/email one and get is signed prior whether clients are there or not. Also your contract needs to be state specific, each state has its own unique laws. Maybe HITA or other TN organization can assist you with a contract that complies, or speak to a local attorney.

I agree with Cameron's comment, although if the guys being kicked were attorneys, is it okay?


TN Home inspectors shall:
1. Provide a written contract, signed by the client or the client’s legal representative
that shall:
(i) State that the home inspection will be in accordance with the Standards of
Practice promulgated by the commissioner;
(ii) Describe what services shall be provided and their cost;
(iii) State that the home inspection report will not address the items set forth in
parts (5)(a)4. and 5. of this rule; and
(iv) State, when an inspection is for only one or a limited number of systems or
components, that the inspection is limited to only those systems or
components.

Go here: http://www.tn.gov/sos/rules/0780/0780-05/0780-05.htm

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Thanks mike I read the majority and definitely states what I need for inspections. By the way I might see you at HITA Expo this year.

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