Home Inspectors Adapt to Corona Virus Needs

With the recent concerns of Covid-19 virus, known also as the Corona virus, business’ have needed to adapt to new ways to conduct business. One way to adapt is to add additional services in response to needs. Another is to adjust how things are done.

The concerns regarding spreading viruses and bacteria is a real concern and it has definitely been brought to the top of nearly everyone’s mind due to the global pandemic of the Corona virus. People are increasing the social distancing between themselves and some areas bars and restaurants have been closed down and people have are instructed to stay home to help prevent spread of the virus.

For real estate in most places the buying of homes and condos continues and as a result home inspections continue as well. For home inspections it is recommended that very few people attend the home inspection and of course stay at least 6 feet apart. No more hand shaking when the inspector meets the home buyer. Inspectors are washing hands more frequently and applying hand sanitizer frequently. Many are wearing gloves and face masks. Face masks are to be worn really only if one is sick or tending to someone who is known to be a carrier of the virus. If a buyer or home inspector is sick they should stay at their own home to help prevent spread. Usually home buyers are not right next to the inspector som there is low risk of transmission. So the change of how the home inspection is conducted has not varied much.

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The concern is largely from the home buyers having concerns about moving into a home that may somehow be infected. This naturally is concerning because the new home owner does not know who was in the home just prior to their moving in, This has sparked new services from home inspection companies.

One such new service is fogging or physically applying a disinfectant to the home to help kill bacteria and viruses. Application is done after the sellers have moved their stuff out and before the new owners put their stuff in. Habitation Investigation is offering the service at no charge to their home buying clients though a “sister company” Environmental Consultants of Ohio. This service helps home buyers feel better about not only looking at home, also with moving into a home where strangers recently occupied.

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Two roles of home inspections is to provide information to the home buyer so they can make an informed decision and to help remove many of the unknowns that exist when home buying. The disinfectant is another way to help reduce the concern of the unknown. Of course it does not prevent the home from getting “infected” after the treatment, it does provide some peace of mind.

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by Jim Troth