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 Rest assured I will return to service as soon as all government guidance and restrictions are withdrawn.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.
You will sign your agreement digitally through link sent via email and text.
You will receive an invoice from Square the morning of the inspection. Your report will be delivered later in the evening (9pm – 10pm)
The day following the inspection, we will review the report in total on the phone. This will occur as we are both available between 5pm and 10pm.