Home Inspections During Coronavirus Pandemic
We are in the midst of a declared pandemic. What we are seeing today is not likely what we will see tomorrow, or a month from now, for better or worse. I’ve been following the pandemic since it began in China and watched how it has spread. I have never been the type to panic or be directly fearful of this type of thing and zombie shows really don’t do it for me. I think what we are experiencing today can be viewed from many angles, but I believe two to be relevant to my business and performing your home inspection.
One angle is personal fear of contracting COVID-19. That is an ever-present and real fear for me. My wife and I both have asthma, each complicated or aggravated by different triggers. My wife struggles with allergies, scented candles, climbing hills, etc. I struggle with allergies and exercise. When my system gets taxed, my lungs stop working. Every time I get sick, I have a hard time breathing. We are both prone to bronchitis and I get sinus infections yearly. It might be devastating to acquire a respiratory illness for either one of us.
Facilitating spread of the virus is the second relevant angle. This worries me, perhaps more than getting sick myself. As a home inspector I go into complete strangers’ homes (with families now forced to stay home all day) and touch every potentially contaminated surface like toilets, sink faucets, door knobs, light switches, and handrails. I do all this while inputting information and taking photos with my phone. This action is generally repeated 65 – 150 times over the course of a single inspection. I normally do all this while my clients follow me around the house. Now, rinse and repeat 8 – 10 times per week.
On the surface it may seem to be overall low-risk, but from the inside it does not feel low risk. This is not like showing a home or viewing a home to purchase. This is 3 hours spent intimately inside the home.
After a couple weeks of piecing together “safe” inspections I have determined there simply is not enough “safe” work to continue to operate at this time. I believe the best way to get past this epidemic is to do my part and stay home. Rest assured I will return to service as soon as all government guidance and restrictions are withdrawn. I ask for your understanding and please don’t forget me in the future.