Home Inspection During the Covid 19 Pandemic

It’s safe to say that the Covid 19 Pandemic has complicated all of our lives in one way or another. This pandemic complication includes home inspections. Some agencies are advocating for no home inspections to be done at all during the pandemic, but that isn’t really feasible. Not doing a home inspection leaves you open for liability for repairs, whether you are the buyer or the seller of a home. If you need to have a home inspection done, what should you do? What has changed because of the pandemic? We’ve got some information on home inspections in the wake of Covid 19.

What Is A Home Inspection?

Home inspections are required by many real estate companies. In addition, there are many lenders who will not discuss loan options on a home unless it has had a home inspection. Home inspections are done so that the new owners of a house know the exact condition of the home they’re buying. Depending on the state, a home inspection may also mean the owner needs to do repairs on the home before it can be sold. When you have a home inspector come into your home, he or she will look at plumbing, electrical system, foundation, the roof and other areas of your home that would be expensive to repair.

Doing A Home Inspection Before It Is Listed

Many home inspection companies are doing the home inspection prior to the house being put on the market. Home inspection companies are asking that the homeowners not be home during the inspection, or that they wait out in the yard. Some home inspection companies are also asking homeowners to make sure all of their surfaces are clean. Home inspectors who are doing a home inspection pre-listing are following Covid 19 protocols for masks and gloves. Doing a home inspection pre-listing means that there will not be additional people in your house at the time the home is listed.

Doing Multiple Inspections at the Same Time

If you are trying to limit the number of people in your home because of Covid 19, you may want to get multiple inspections done at the same time. Many states require a termite inspection certificate, for example. If you have to get multiple inspections done, why not get them done at the same time, and clean up after the inspections are done? That way, you are able to minimize your exposure for your family. You can then do a thorough sanitizing of your home when they leave.

Ask Your Home Inspector What Surfaces They’ll Be Touching

In some cases, homeowners have specified that home inspectors not touch anything that isn’t necessary. Homeowners can also specify a hand washing station for inspectors to use. They can also require a temperature check of the inspector before entering the house. All of these are precautions to keep your family safe in the middle of a pandemic.

When you’re ready to get your home inspected, you’ll want someone who knows what they’re doing, and is ready to take the maximum precautions when they enter your home. Why not give us a call and let us help alleviate your fears by telling you all of the precautions we’re taking during the pandemic. Contact us today.

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