Groundwork requires certain documents to be completed an uploaded to our secure server in order to have you active in our system and available to take orders.
IRS form W-9
First is a completed and signed w-9 form. You can download and fill out the IRS W-9 form from by clicking HERE. After completing the document you can print it out then sign and date on the signature line. If you have the ability to Scan documents, just scan it, save it and upload to our system below. If you do not have the ability to scan, you can fax it to us at 847-498-9217 and we will upload it for you. If you choose this method please include a cover sheet with your full name and contact information.
If you have a recent W-9 saved already in electronic format, simply upload it below.
If you are a Realtor, Appraiser, or Home inspector we also require an electronic image of your license be uploaded to our system. Please upload the electronic copy of the license below where indicated. If you are licensed in more than one state and will complete orders for us in multiple states, please upload all applicable licenses.
How to upload the file
When saving the scanned document please be sure to note the name and location where the file was saved.
To upload, Click the Browse button next to the document you want to upload. Locate the file to upload using the name and location where it was saved. Click the file name so it is highlighted in Blue then click the Open button in the bottom right of the box where you selected the file. The upload will take just a second and you are ready to upload the next document.
Terms and Conditions
Consultant acknowledges that it is providing the aforementioned information to Groundwork Inspections (GI), a division of Preferred Appraisal, Inc., for the purposes of determining if Consultant is a viable resource for providing home inspection services to GI. The submission of the aforementioned information shall not create any type of employment relationship. If GI and Consultant agree to enter into a written agreement for inspection services at a later date, Consultant hereby acknowledges that the following terms and conditions shall be made a part of such written agreement:
Privacy. Consultant agrees that any nonpublic personal information received from GI, its customer(s) and/or client(s) is to be used solely for GI’s business purpose. Relative thereto, Consultant shall comply with all applicable Federal and State laws which govern the dissemination of nonpublic personal information. Consultant acknowledges that any unauthorized dissemination of nonpublic personal information may subject Consultant to disciplinary action from applicable authorities, as well as termination of Consultant’s engagement with GI.
Independent Contracting Relationship. The Parties agree that based upon Internal Revenue Service guidelines, the working relationship between the Parties would be that of a contractor and independent contractor and not employer and employee. Consultant, as an independent contractor, shall be solely responsible for complying with all Federal and State income and withholding tax obligations. GI shall not be responsible for paying any employment taxes, worker compensation, disability or unemployment insurance premiums or payments under such engagement.
Licensing Requirements. Consultant shall maintain in good standing, during the engagement, Consultant’s professional license and shall comply with all laws, rules and regulations related thereto. In the event that Consultant’s license is suspended or terminated prior to, or during the engagement, Consultant shall immediately provide written notice to GI.
Photo Requirements. Consultant will need to take all photographs at the time the home inspection occurs. MLS photos, prior photos, images from internet mapping systems, et.. al. are not acceptable for use.