Originally Posted By: Scott Patterson
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When you enter a courtroom, it is similar to the Twilight Zone. The presiding judge can ask you to leave his/her court because of the color of your shirt or tie. A few weeks ago, a judge in Illinois disallowed a home inspectors contract, and that voided all of the conditions on it. We had a case in my area that the judge did not like the home inspector and even told him that in front of the court.
A contract does not put more responsibility on the inspector, it tells the client what you are going to do. The responsibility comes in doing what the contract says you will do.
If you ask around you will find that most inspectors who have been involved in litigation have had a contract. The contract does not stop the law suit, it might decrease your exposure at that is about all.
With that said, get good E&O (FREA) and have a Inspection Agreement signed at every inspection.