Home inspections, like the real estate market have changed dramatically in the past 20 years. As technology advances and consumers become more web-savvy, there is a greater need for products and services that can keep pace.
Social distancing may last much longer than we imagined, and even if stay-at-home orders are gradually lifted, we need to learn how to work and how to operate our businesses from home. By making good use of the internet, including social media platforms like LinkedIn we can not only survive this crisis, but also set ourselves up for success in the future.
More reasons to look at pre-list home inspections:
Pointing a finger at the house or the home inspector is a typical reaction to a buyer walking away after the inspection, but let’s look at the bigger picture. Deals can go south for a lot of reasons, including financing, conditional sales, buyer remorse – you name it.
The current situation is severely curbing our everyday marketing, sales and processing of real estate transactions. Buyers, sellers, lenders and everyone in the real estate community is affected.
Fortunately, we have electronic solutions which facilitate a safer environment for everyone involved. The internet is in fact, tailor-made for the pandemic world we’re in right now.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it might be more a question of "should I" rather than "can I attend the home inspection."
Beyond the obvious need for sanitary practices, the biggest change is limiting the number of attendees at the home inspection. It is more a question of "should I" rather than "can I attend the home inspection."
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, protocols are changing daily.
It was Brighton, UK in the summer of 1987. The framed needlepoint notice above the seaside B&B throne read "And now, wash your hands!" Fast-forward thirty-three years and the illuminated signs on Hwy 401 in southern Ontario say the same thing. "Wash your hands."
There is no question that if you've been infected by the novel coronavirus or have symptoms of the COVID-19 illness, you should not leave your home unless directed otherwise. If you have no symptoms or reason to believe you’ve been exposed, you don’t have to lock yourself in your home... however health authorities are advising us to practice “social distancing” to contain the spread of the virus, primarily by avoiding contact and working from home if we can.
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.