During the COVID-19 pandemic, it might be more a question of "should I" rather than "can I attend the home inspection."
For everyone’s health and safety…
Beyond the obvious need for disinfection, the biggest change is strictly limiting the number of attendees at the home inspection. Along with the use of appropriate PPE and disinfection practices, this is how we endeavour to protect you, the seller and their home.
Although a home inspector cannot work remotely, your home inspection report can be fetched remotely, your payment made by e-transfer or credit card, and a telephone consultation held with your home inspector after you receive your inspection report.
How it works...
After the inspection, photos and relevant notes are reviewed by the inspector. An elegant report is published and posted on the web within just a few hours.
A download link to the report is delivered to you by email. The report includes fantastic benefits such as colour photos and illustrations, and links to relevant reference materials. The Home Reference Book is still available for free download, as part of your home inspection report!
The Bottom Line:
If you feel you must attend the inspection and if the Seller, their Realtor and your Realtor have no objections, limit attendance to one adult purchaser - and leave your kids at home, in the care of your partner or another family member.
* Keep in mind, it can be difficult to maintain 2 metres separation, between individuals inside a home - so avoiding attendance is the single best way to avoid contracting and spreading the coronavirus.
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Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.