Home inspectors regulating visits amid COVID-19

Published: Jul. 3, 2020 at 11:24 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - You’ll need to get a thorough inspection whether you’re buying or selling your home, but how does that work amid the COVID-19 pandemic?

State licensed home inspector and trainer Michael Burroughs said they have reduced their visits into homes. Prior to the coronavirus, he said inspectors would make up to two to three visits.

Burroughs said they are also required to ask a list of health-related questions prior to entering the home. This includes symptoms of the homeowner and other residents.

“We meet with our clients a little less now than we used to,” he said.

During this time they’re still checking homes from top to bottom inspecting the roof, foundation, plumbing, heating and more.

He said he and others already wear safety gloves and hazmats suits, but now they’re adding masks to the uniform.

Additionally, they’re asking that homeowners not bring children or multiple guests.

“We don’t know whose been in the house or passed through the house. Since we can’t attest, we can’t test for it, we want to limit the exposure to as many people as we can,” he said.

They’re also sending reports electronically for clients to read following their visit.

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