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As the pandemic continues, people are trying to find ways to continue with their regular business that will still keep them as safe as possible. Some activities may not be essential, but people are still going to need to move, sell their homes, and buy their next home. In order to do that, they need home inspections, but social distancing means that the inspections need to change. One option that has quickly gained ground is the virtual home inspection. If you're buying a house, you and the seller will need to work with the inspector to complete the process.
The Homeowner and Inspector Work Together
If an inspection is going to be virtual, that means the inspector won't be in the house doing the inspecting. Instead, the homeowner, buyer, or another person will take a laptop, tablet, or smartphone around the house and use a videoconferencing platform to show the inspector what he or she wants to see. (The inspector should have plans to the house or some sort of record so that the inspection is a true inspection, and the homeowner can't selectively omit rooms that might have problems.)
The homeowner or buyer who commissioned the inspection will receive any tools necessary to help the inspector fully investigate everything in the house. If there's anything that needs to be switched on or used in order to complete the inspection, the person in the house can do that for the inspector.
It Could Lead to a More Detailed Onsite Inspection
If there are issues that can't be resolved remotely, such as switches that didn't appear to work or areas the person at the home couldn't access, then the home inspector may need to arrange to see those areas in person. However, that in-person inspection will be short and very targeted in terms of what the inspector needs to see. You should not have to repeat the entire inspection.
It Can Take Longer Than an In-person Inspection
If you want to schedule a virtual inspection, you should block off a good amount of time. Because you (or the person helping with the inspection in the home) likely don't have a lot of experience with these inspections, it's going to take longer to complete the whole thing as the inspector has to tell you where to go, what to do, and what to look for.
Each inspector has their own preferences for doing and completing virtual inspections, so speak with a few and find one whose style matches your needs. The industry is still adjusting to distancing requirements, but virtual home inspections have weathered the change rather well.
To learn more about virtual home inspections, contact a company near you.