Q: Is there a difference between water quality inspection and a well inspection?
Trying to figure this out in a home contract... a realtor is trying to tell me there isn't, but I think there is. I just want to rectify the issue before any contract is signed and legal issues develop
A: When in doubt, include it twice, such as "water quality inspection including but not limited to well inspection".
A safe option could be to consult with Maryland real estate attorney to review the contract, its definitions, and evaluate the broker's words in light of standard industry practices in the area. As a general matter, the words can be seen as having different meanings, where a well is normally understood to be a structure or an excavation - and water inspection in an environmental context is generally understood to mean some sort of analytical lab test for certain parameters, e.g. petroleum compounds, pH, suspended solids, or whatever the client or a regulatory agency call for. But you want to be certain in the context of your house contract, so a real estate attorney in your area would likely be the most logical person to consult with. Good luck.
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