In accordance with guidance from the Governors of both Oregon and Washington, CDC Guidelines and OSHA requirements, Nonprofit Home Inspections is taking the following precautions in order to better protect our clients, employees, real estate agents and the home’s occupants. By scheduling an appointment with us, clients and real estate agents agree to abide by the following safety requirements.
- Clients cannot be inside the home while the home inspection is taking place. The inspector can meet with clients outside the home at the end of the inspection if requested in advance. The inspector can also be available for a video chat or phone call to answer any questions and to review the report’s findings. If the client would like to look at the home again, they should coordinate that at a different time with their real estate agent.
- Real estate agents are encouraged to send the inspector a contractor’s code for access to a vacant home. If that’s not an option, the agent can let the inspector into the home and then maintain at least a 6 foot distance from the inspector at all times.
- Inspectors may wear a combination of personal protective equipment (including respirators, gloves, masks, etc.).
- Inspectors will use company supplied hand sanitizer and will wash their hands frequently using their own towel.
- Inspectors will not shake hands, fist bump or elbow bump.
- Inspectors will avoid touching their own faces.
- None of our inspectors or employees will work when they have a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
- Real estate agents and our clients should ask the home’s occupants if anyone in the house to be inspected has flu-like symptoms including a fever, cough or shortness of breath. If so, we’ll help coordinate an inspection at a different time.
- If anyone nearby is coughing or visibly sick, the inspection will be stopped and rescheduled.
- If the home’s current occupants must be home, the occupants must stay in a centralized location during the inspection and should not follow the inspector around. Under no circumstance should the occupants be within 6 feet of the inspector.
All inspectors are available by phone or video conference after the inspection for follow up questions. By working together, we can continue providing outstanding home inspections while better protecting our clients, employees, real estate agents and the home’s occupants.
Please note that these requirements are very important safety precautions. Because we are regulated by multiple government agencies (and because we want to keep everyone safe), these requirements may be more stringent than those required by any one jurisdiction. However, these requirements cannot be modified by the home inspectors, real estate agents, the home’s owners or any other entity. If you do not want to follow these requirements, please let your home inspector know immediately and we will cancel the appointment. If these requirements are not followed on site, the inspector is required by company policy to cancel the appointment and to leave. Appointments cancelled with less than 48 hours notice are subject to the $200 late cancellation fee.
Nonprofit Home Inspections’ efforts to combat Covid-19 for the safety of our clients, real estate agents, home occupants and inspectors was recently featured in the Oregonian here: https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/04/how-to-safely-buy-and-sell-portland-real-estate-from-touring-a-house-to-signing-deeds-and-moving-in-during-the-coronavirus-crisis.html