Adhering to COVID-19 Safety Guidelines During Home Inspections
Minnesota's COVID-19 Stay-at-Home order took effect March 27th, 2020. The order directs Minnesotan's to limit movement outside of their homes beyond essential needs in order to decrease the chance of transmitting the COVID-19 virus. The order also calls out several services which are deemed critical and are therefore exempt from the order, for which home inspectors qualify.
That being said, it's far from business as usual for us. We have enhanced our policies and are taking increased measures of caution to ensure the health and safety of all parties involved during our home inspections. Here is what you can expect for home inspections until further notice:
- Virtual Communications with Clients & Agents: While the side-by-side walk-thru of the home is probably our favorite part of any inspection, it also presents the most vulnerable time for a virus to be transmitted between parties. As such, we will be offering two options in place of an in-person walk-thru.
The first option, and our preferred method, would be to conduct a virtual recap with the client and agent (if applicable) via Zoom (or similar technology) following delivery of the finalized home inspection report. The thoroughness of our inspection reports, coupled with hi-resolution images make conveying any items of concern or note very easy to do in this format. It also allows all parties to operate from the safety of their homes, and is not constrained by poor cell reception or our onsite inspection time window.
The second option would be to perform the walk-thru virtually via FaceTime or Facebook Messenger. We state this as the second option as there are constraints and elements outside of our control that can impact the quality of this experience for the client. Poor cell reception, a fixed window of time onsite, and not having the finalized inspection report to reference make this a lower quality experience. We recommend this option for situations where a known concern of significance exists, and it would benefit parties to have the inspector onsite while having a video conversation about our findings.
- The Property Must Be Unoccupied During the Inspection: Occasionally, we have a seller / owner that requests to remain at the property during all or a portion of the inspection. While we like to be as flexible as possible with all parties, for the health and safety of our inspectors, we need to require the the property be unoccupied for the entire span of our home inspection window.
- Enhanced Precautions During the Inspection: For the health and safety of both the home owner and our inspectors, Due North inspectors will wear Nitrile gloves and a basic respirator mask during all portions of the interior inspection. We will also ensure that inspectors are in good health the day of, and leading up to the day of your inspection. If needed, we reserve the right to reschedule the inspection to ensure the health and safety of everyone.
We take the heath and well being of our team, our clients, agent partners, and homeowners / sellers seriously, and are happy to do our part to decrease the opportunity for the transmission of the COVID-19 virus while still providing the exceptional home inspection services that you expect from Due North Property Inspection.
To Our Health & Well Being - We Will Get Through This!