Businesses all around the world are being impacted by the recent Covid-19 outbreak. Out of an abundance of caution, and 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.
- Clients should not attend the home inspection. The inspector will be available after the inspection 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.
- In accordance with Governor Inslee’s directive, homes being inspected in Washington cannot include more than 2 people during the inspection (i.e. the inspector and 1 other person). This must be strictly enforced.
- If the home is in Oregon and the 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.