As appropriate, Highgate Home Inspections has implemented good hygiene and infection control practices for inspectors and employees, including:
- Encouraging people to stay home if they are sick. This includes:
- all employees;
- home sellers;
- family members who desire to attend an inspection;
- neighbors visiting the house being inspected;
- real estate agents (seller's agent, buyer's agent, broker, or other representatives); and
- If a home inspector is feeling sick (cough, fever, difficulty breathing), the inspector will stay home. It is recommended that employees or inspectors who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness stay home and not work and do not perform home inspections until they are free of fever (100.4°F [38.0°C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).
- Employees and inspectors are advised to monitor themselves for symptoms of acute respiratory illness before starting their workday.
- We encourage everyone to practice respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes. Turn your head downward. Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
- Inspectors will inspect alone. They will not inspect a house with another inspector, if at all possible. If more than one inspector is necessary to inspect the same house, inspectors will:
- Drive separately and inspect separately.
- Travel in separate vehicles to and from the inspection site.
- Inspect separated; different floors, different systems, and not in the same room at the same time.
- We ask that the homeowner and occupants leave the home prior to the inspection.
- We ask that real estate agents not enter the home during the inspection.
- A home inspector may wipe down certain surfaces prior to inspecting or using them. For example, a wiped and cleaned kitchen counter may be safely used for an inspector's computer equipment.
General Safety Precautions
Highgate Home Inspections is taking the following safety precautions:
- Restrict the number of people at the property and house being inspected.
- Ask everyone to leave the house being inspected. If someone feels compelled to be at the house, ask them to stay outside or in their vehicle.
- Ask the homeowner, seller, occupant to leave the house before you arrive to inspect the house.
- Ask the real estate agents to not attend the inspection.
Keep your distance. Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.