I have read multiple guarantees by inspectors. Most of them are not worth the paper they are printed on.
this type of advertising is a deceptive . It does however, sway some clients in their decision on which home inspector to hire:
You must notify us of the defect immediately upon discovery by telephone and in writing and give us a reasonable opportunity to re-inspect the property and repair the defect. This guarantee will not cover work done by you without notice to us. What does reasonable mean? When you say without notice what does that mean. Sometimes something has to be fixed immediately to stop further damage.
Our liability to you for any defect is limited to the lesser of the actual cost to repair or ten (10) times the home inspection portion of the fee you paid. Does this mean that each item is given a cost factor in the inspection. Most inspections say they cover hundreds of items. How do you determine what a roof is worth versus a water heater?
Disagreements concerning liability under this Guarantee may only be resolved by a certified arbitrator through the American Arbitration Association. I hope all who are advertising this get it signed by their clients. At that it probably still will not hold up in court.
This Guarantee excludes liability for:
Defects resulting from failure to perform maintenance or negligent misuse. Explain that one. Do they have to get every item in the home serviced as soon as they move in. What timeline do they have to get something serviced if it was listed in the report. Lets say, for instance the air handler coils were dirty and needed to be cleaned. Three days after moving in the AC system quits. Who is responsible?
Bodily injury, property damage or other conditions resulting from the defect. Do you really think this one will hold up in court?
Failure to comply with any local, state or national code. Does this apply to the item when it was inspected. Inspectors do not report to code. How an you expect a client to know what code is>