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    Default Disclaimers & Home Maintenance Tips

    Hey everybody,

    I'm new to the home inspection business and am working on my disclaimers & home maintenance verbiage for in my reports. Like most of us, I'm no lawyer. I really don't know exactly what should be disclaimed and how those disclaimers should be written, but know that I need to protect myself and my business and that most every other inspection company puts pages and pages of disclaimers and home maintenance info in their reports.

    What is a good starting place to get good, thorough disclaimers and home maintenance info? Is it illegal or unethical to literally "copy and paste" another inspection company's verbiage straight into my reports? And do any of you know a good lawyer or attorney that can look these over to make sure everything is fool-proof?

    I appreciate the feedback guys and gals! Thank you!

    Kurt

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    Default Re: Disclaimers & Home Maintenance Tips

    Join a HI Association somewhere nearby, and attend meetings, get SOP, contracts, etc, plus learn from local pros.

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    Default Re: Disclaimers & Home Maintenance Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurt Stein View Post
    Hey everybody,

    I'm new to the home inspection business and am working on my disclaimers & home maintenance verbiage for in my reports. Like most of us, I'm no lawyer. I really don't know exactly what should be disclaimed and how those disclaimers should be written, but know that I need to protect myself and my business and that most every other inspection company puts pages and pages of disclaimers and home maintenance info in their reports.

    What is a good starting place to get good, thorough disclaimers and home maintenance info? Is it illegal or unethical to literally "copy and paste" another inspection company's verbiage straight into my reports? And do any of you know a good lawyer or attorney that can look these over to make sure everything is fool-proof?

    I appreciate the feedback guys and gals! Thank you!

    Kurt
    First, get a good contract. Most contracts specifically define what a home inspection is and is not. CREIA has a contract in CA, but your local association may have one for Florida.

    Know your standards of practice (or whatever you call them). Some inspectors include them in the report. I know of one who includes the specific standard for each section/part in that particular section of the report (plumbing limitations in the plumbing section, etc.)

    Copy/paste of disclaimers from other inspectors can speed things up, but you might just be using bad verbiage which can get you into trouble down the road. Best bet would be to get permission, so there are no hard feelings down the road.

    Notify your client of ANYTHING you cannot see. If the garage is full of stored items, take a pic and state that review of the garage was limited due to the stored items. Insulation in attics limits review of wiring, framing, etc. An insulation blanket might limit review of the water heater.

    As JK said, join an association and attend meetings. Show interest, input, a desire to learn/improve and willingness to share. Many will be willing to share if you don't come off as a sponge. Some won't, but that's ok too. In my chapter, we refer each other work when we get too busy because we are not threatened by competition and know each other well enough to feel comfortable with their level of knowledge.

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    Default Re: Disclaimers & Home Maintenance Tips

    Good advice given. To me, its bad form to use another inspectors wording without asking / getting permission to copy it.


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    Default Re: Disclaimers & Home Maintenance Tips

    I agree with all the aforementioned.

    Note: John K., as well as myself, enjoy a mutual association/organization.
    Its active members, active being the keyword, are what truly makes it, the organization,association, what it is today. The world's largest gathering, of home inspectors, building inspection professionals, under one umbrella. The organization's founder gives us sharing power by investing in us.

    Although some may agree and others not, we are undoubtedly a
    Formidable, and some may say foamable, gathering and collective helping one another succeed.

    As with any home inspector you require a;
    1: A SoP. Standard of Practice. This limits your liability.
    2: COE: Code of Ethic to live and run your business by.
    3: PIA: Property Inspection Agreement, or contract by any other terms.

    Then you decide to work alone or for someone.
    Working for yourself take MUCH EFFORT.
    Now its your turn up at bat.


    Last edited by ROBERT YOUNG; 08-28-2017 at 09:02 AM.
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    Default Re: Disclaimers & Home Maintenance Tips

    Quote Originally Posted by ROBERT YOUNG View Post
    we are undoubtedly a foamable gathering and collective helping one another succeed.
    "Foamable"? According to an online dictionary, that means "able to turn into foam"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunnar Alquist View Post
    "Foamable"? According to an online dictionary, that means "able to turn into foam"...
    Ops, Typo. Thanks Gunner.

    I meant to say, (Formidable: (inspiring fear or respect through being impressively large, powerful, intense, or capable).

    Come to think of it, as I do typo now & then, although some may agree, not many, while others may not of course, and who am I to argue, "Foamable" maybe a narrative some can say as somewhat accurate.
    (Foamable (capable of foaming during MB discussions that lead to arguments)

    Best.
    Robert

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