HIABC Inspection Guidelines during COVID-19 Epidemic – updated July 2020 for Phase 3
 

This protocol is designed to reduce the risk of HIABC home inspectors bringing the Covid-19 into the home or carrying it from one inspection to another. This provides the best possible protection for the occupants of the inspected home and
future homes, the home inspector, and the community at large.
This July 2020 version has been updated to reflect changes in Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan. HIABC recommends you follow this protocol as the minimum requirement for all inspections. In addition to this protocol, it is important that Protective Measures published by BCCDC are followed. After booking the inspection send the Covid-19 inspection protocol to all parties involved in the home inspection to avoid possible confusion and complications on the day of the inspection.


Buyers
1. HIABC recommends that no one attend during the home inspection.
2. Buyers (clients) are asked to attend at the end of the inspection.
3. Access into the house is now permitted for clients and their realtor for the summary review, provided that is acceptable to the occupants. Please do not bring additional family members and friends. Bring a mask if you wish to
enter the house and follow safe distancing practices.
4. Do NOT attend if you feel sick or have, in the last 14 days, been in contact with someone who is sick.


Home Inspectors
1. If the home inspector becomes sick or was in contact with someone who has corona virus, the inspection should be rescheduled or cancelled.
2. Inspectors should wear personal protection equipment. Minimal PPE would be a mask and shoe covers (or inside shoes that can be sanitized). Gloves may offer a false sense of protection and their use will be decided on by the inspector. Hand sanitizer should be used on entry to the home.
3. Have a plastic bag with you to collect used wipes, gloves and any other disposable items used during the inspection. Take this bag with you and dispose of it at home with other household waste.
4. Sanitize all tools used during the inspection including phone, inside footwear if used, any other items used. Sanitize the key and lock box.


Sellers’ Realtor
1. If, in the last 14 days, any of the occupants of the home were sick or were in contact with someone who has corona virus or has been in quarantine, HIABC recommends rescheduling the inspection to a later date.
2. Ask the sellers to provide clear and unobstructed access to the heating equipment, water heater, electrical panel, main water shutoff, and attic access hatch. This will ensure the inspector does not handle any of the seller’s contents more than necessary.
3. Ask the sellers to raise/open all window coverings so the inspector can open and close the windows as is required by our Scope of Inspection. This limits the items the inspector must handle in the seller’s home.
*Anyone who has traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days should not attend the home inspection. If there has been anyone in the house who has been out of the country in the last 14 days, the inspection should be rescheduled.

HOME INSPECTORS ASSOCIATION BC INSPECTION PROTOCOL DURING COVID-19 April 2020

 

HIABC Inspection Guidelines during COVID-19 Epidemic

 

This protocol is designed to reduce the risk of HIABC home inspectors bringing the Covid-19 into the home or carrying it from one inspection to another. This provides the best possible protection for the occupants of the inspected home and future homes, the home inspector and the community at large.  The general environment that home inspectors work in guided the development of this protocol along with guidance from Provincial and Canadian health authorities and other reliable sources. HIABC recommends you follow this protocol as the minimum requirement for all inspections. In addition to this protocol, it is

important that Protective measures published BCCDC are followed.

 

1. After booking the inspection, send the Covid-19 inspection protocol to all parties involved in the home inspection to avoid possible confusion and complications on the day of the inspection.

 

2. HIABC recommends that no one attend the inspection. Even when the two-meter social distancing practices are followed, if anyone in attendance developed symptoms within 48 hours, this could be considered a medium risk exposure that could trigger the need for 14 days of self monitoring by all in attendance.

 

3. To ensure the inspection will be at the lowest possible exposure risk, ask if in the last 14 days the occupants:

 have been in isolation or quarantine,

 are sick or have shown any symptoms of sickness,

 are aware of contact with anyone exposed to the coronavirus.

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, consider this a medium or high exposure risk inspection, even if no one was attending the inspection. We recommend rescheduling medium or high-risk inspections to a more favourable date.

 

4. If the home inspector or anyone scheduled to attend the inspection becomes sick, the inspection should be rescheduled or cancelled.

 

5. Inspectors should wear personal protection equipment. Minimal PPE would be a mask and shoe covers (or inside shoes that can be sanitized). Gloves are not recommended as they can create a false sense of protection that can do more harm

than good.

 

6. Use a plastic bag to collect used wipes, gloves and any other disposable items used during the inspection. Take this bag with you and dispose of it with other household waste.

 

7. Deliver the post inspection summary review using email, phone and/or video chat rather than in-person meetings. This will ensure the inspection is completed with the lowest possible exposure risk.

 

8. Sanitize all tools used during the inspection, phone, inside footwear if used, any other items used. Sanitize the key and lockbox which are not likely going to be sanitized by anyone else.

 

9. Ask the sellers to provide clear and unobstructed access to the heating equipment; water heater; electrical panel and attic access hatch. This will ensure the inspector does not handle any of the seller’s contents more than necessary.

 

10. Ask the sellers to raise/open all window coverings so the inspector can open and close the windows as is required by our Standards. This limits the items the inspector must handle in the seller’s home.