COVID-19 and the new standard of care for home inspection attendance
We have been in contact with several other large home inspection companies throughout the country as well as here in New Jersey, and we’re all in agreement; the new COVID-19 standard of care is to have the home inspector perform the home inspection alone.
We will typically call or speak with our client outdoors immediately after the inspection to discuss our findings, and we’ll conduct another review with our clients after we’ve sent out our report.
Arch Inspections implemented this new policy on March 20, 2020 and all of our clients and their agents have been very understanding of the situation. It shows great compassion by everyone to know that people are so willing to adapt.
While on-site, Arch inspectors will continue to take the following steps to help maintain a sanitary environment in people’s homes:
- Wear protective gloves and a N95 mask during the inspection
- Wash hands multiple times before every inspection.
- If available, use hand towels or paper towels for drying our hands.
- If available, we’ll keep hand sanitizer nearby and use it when needed.
- If available, use disinfectant wipes or the equivalent on faucets and door handles.
- If any of our inspectors have a fever or cough, we will not conduct the inspection.
With schools closed and kids potentially being left home alone, it’s also important to note that our policy is, and always has been, that we will not enter a home with minors present unless a second adult is present.
We will continue to monitor things on a daily basis, and we’ll adjust any of our home inspection policies as needed or recommended to help ensure everyone’s safety.