Home Inspections During Coronavirus Pandemic
New Inspection Criteria:
- Home Should Be Vacant – Vacant homes will get priority scheduling with rapid report delivery (sometimes within 48 hours of contact). Occupied homes will be considered on a case-by-case basis (report delivery may be up to 1 week).
- Only 1 Client Can Attend – I can not allowing more than 1 client to attend the inspection. Please do not plan to bring friends, family, agents, children, or any other persons to the inspection.
- Client Must Wear PPE At All Times – You will be required to wear PPE (mask & gloves) at all times when inside the home. Certain sellers may place additional requests that will need to be honored, such as wearing shoe coverings.
- Sign Covid-19 Agreement – If you wish to attend you will need to answer screening questions and sign a separate agreement relating to Covid-19. For example, if you have recently traveled anywhere in the last 21 days, including planning to travel in for the sole purpose of attending the inspection, you will not be able to attend the inspection.
We are in the midst of a declared pandemic. 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.
I have made some significant adjustments to my inspection process. I understand these adjustments may not be for everyone, and that is ok. This is how I feel I can provide a top-quality service while maintaining my personal safety and sanity.