COVID-19 & Home Inspections:  Quick Guide

What you need to know as a Home Buyer, Seller or Realtor

For Sellers/Homeowners:  

We will treat your home with respect and our inspectors will wear gloves, masks, and use sanitizer and wipes (as needed) to ensure your safety.  We will try to touch as little as possible while in your home - to help us in that effort,​ we ask that you move your personal items away from areas we need to access​ including:

  • Water heater

  • Heater/AC units

  • Breaker Panel

  • Outlets and light switches

  • Main water shut off valve

  • Appliances

  • Faucets and drains

  • Windows and doors

  • Foundation walls in basement and crawlspaces 

We request that you vacate the home during the inspection, but if Stay Home restrictions mean that you will be home during the inspection, our inspectors will also follow recommended distancing (6 feet) and request that you also ​maintain safe distances or rotate rooms with our inspectors to minimize contact​.  

For Realtors:

New guidelines from the State for Realtors indicate that no more than 3 persons may be in the home at any time. You are welcome to attend the inspection with a buyer, but we understand if you choose not to and will accommodate with additional information and photos in the reports, as well as follow up phone calls, as needed/desired.


For Buyers:  

We are offering 2 options:

1.  A buyer may attend the inspection, but no more than 1 person may be present in the home with the inspector.  This is to reduce contact and limit people from wandering the home.   ATTENDEES MUST WEAR A MASK COVERING THEIR NOSE AND MOUTH FOR THE DURATION OF THE INSPECTION, AND MAINTAIN PROPER DISTANCING (6 FEET) FROM INSPECTORS.  We request that you keep questions and conversations as brief as possible to help move the inspection along.  Buyers are requested NOT TO TOUCH ANYTHING IN THE HOME (faucets, doorknobs, light switches, etc) unless wearing gloves. 

2. Buyers do not attend the inspection. This is still the preferred option.  You are welcome to email or text us prior to the inspection to identify specific concerns you would like us to pay extra attention to.  We will make every effort to answer any and all questions, add additional photos and descriptions (and video where needed), and follow up with clients as much as possible to make the inspection as helpful and informative as possible.  Our goal is to make it as if you were there in person.


Our Inspectors:

While on-site, our inspectors will take the following steps to help maintain a sanitary environment in people’s homes:

  • We will wear gloves during the course of the inspection

  • We will keep hand sanitizer nearby and use it as needed (if available)

  • We will use disinfectant wipes on faucets and door handles (if available)

  • We will not shake hands or bump fists

  • We will avoid touching our faces

  • If any of our inspectors have a fever or cough, we will reschedule the inspection

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