We’re Taking Precautionary Steps to Minimize the Risks of COVID-19
Considering the current crisis, we are currently monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and are taking precautionary measures seriously to ensure the health and safety of our clients, employees, and everyone in our local communities.
We are following all guidelines as set forth by the state governor’s office and health officials. As well, our inspectors follow the protocols below when conducting home inspections:
- Wear protective equipment such as face masks, gloves, and shoe cover where appropriate
- Sanitize all inspection equipment prior to inspection
- Wash hands frequently before, during, and after the inspection
- All contact surfaces are sanitized as inspector moves through house
- Practice “social distancing” by keeping a minimum distance of 6 feet from any other parties at t
- No shaking of hands or fist bumps
We understand how much you want to be around during the inspection and learn about of your potential new home. We also want to provide you the best and safest service possible.
- However, due to the critical need for safety we are conducting virtual inspections only. We have conducted over 500 of virtual inspections thus far and the response has been five stars.
- The inspector will contact you at the end of the inspection and will virtually walk you through the house showing you any details or any concerns that were observed.
- As it is LIVE, you will be able to ask questions about the concerns or about the home while the inspector is at the property.
- We can also conduct a phone review after sending the inspection report to answer any other questions.
We are going to take every precaution while maintaining high quality and non-invasive inspection. Below are our suggestions on keeping your home as safe as possible before and after the home inspection.
- We will limit our contact with any of your personal items with your help as the homeowner. We request that you provide all access to all areas needing inspection, so we do not have to move any of your belongings. We need access to the attic, we normally would cover hanging clothes, however, to limit contact we ask that you please cover or remove if needed. Electrical panel -move all items that may prevent the inspector standing in front of panel and removing cover. The same with the HVAC system, water supply, water heater, and other main components and areas.
- We will sanitize all contact areas that our inspectors are likely to touch including doorknobs, light switches, faucets, knobs, shower controls, and the like.
- Inspector will wear Personal Protective equipment for your safety and protection you may have and practice social distancing.
- If you need or want to stay in the home during the home, the inspector will prepare a “Shelter” or “safe” room where you and your loved ones can remain safely during the inspection. AT NO TIME MAY YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH OR ACCOMPANY THE INSPECTOR. Our goal is to protect you and your family as well as our inspector and their Family.
The goal is to provide a complete and top-quality home inspection, providing information needed to make sound decisions, while maintaining a safe environment during this COVID-19 pandemic. We wish for everyone’s safety and good health.
“Our inspector Rob was incredible! Since we weren’t able to be there for the inspection, he did a video tour with me and showed me the areas that concerned him. He spoke with my dad on the phone too; which was really above and beyond (first time home buyer)! He spoke with me several more times after the inspection when I have questions or concerns. I cannot tell you how much he put my mind at ease and how thorough a job I thought he did. I would definitely use this company again and again.” – EmilyGetlan97
“It was a disappointment to not be at my home inspection in person, although completely understandable (COVID-19). That said, my inspector David Kemp made the most of the situation and managed to walk me through everything via video chat. He was thorough, kind, and quick to reply to any additional questions I had. Glad I went with this company – everyone I communicated with was pleasant and efficient. Thank you!” – Julia Stewart
How to protect yourself against COVID-19
How To Choose a Home Inspector?
You don’t want to wait until you have an accepted offer on your new home to shop for a home inspector. You’ll want to allow time to call at least three candidates to be sure to hire an experienced professional when purchasing one of the most expensive investments of your life.
A reliable way to find a reputable inspector is to ask friends and family whom they have used to purchase their home. Asking someone you know and trust for a referral is one of the best ways to find an Inspector that has been ‘pre-tested’.
Another source is through local online communities such as Patch, NextDoor, or Facebook where you can ask other’s for recommendations or look to see if they have posted about their experiences buying a home. Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor are home service sites that may also be helpful. Of course, your REALTOR might be the best resource to ask, though always do your due diligence in researching the companies they recommend.
Once you have found potential Inspection companies you can check out their reviews on Yelp and Google and go to their websites to see if they represent themselves as experienced and professional. You will also want to observe if they endeavor to educate their customers on what to expect from a home inspection and on their services offered.
Other resources to find inspectors include professional organizations such as the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNachi). Hiring someone who is certified by a professional organization can give you a bit more assurance, even so not all Inspectors operate with the same set of principles. Asking for a sample of the reports they provide is a great way to compare how thorough an inspector will be and how well they communicate the condition of the home. Reports should include findings on all major systems in the home with photographs and maintenance suggestions.
You don’t need to hire a home Inspector to purchase a home in Maryland, it is not a requirement or mandatory. Why take the chance though? Having an experienced, professional working to protect your family and finances may be one of the best, and most cost effective, investments that you will ever make.
4U Inspection Services is committed to being YOUR best choice Baltimore MD! Call Today at (443) 539-8012 or Schedule your Home Inspection Baltimore MD Today!