Precautions to Take When Having an Appraisal Amidst the COVID-19 Outbreak.
- March 17th, 2020
- Matt Frentheway
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The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has made this a concerning and confusing time. Following Governor Herbert’s encouragement things have changed quite a bit within the last week here in Utah. With the closing of schools, bars, restaurants, churches, and workplaces, a lot more people will be in the homes that are being appraised. This can make things a little more complicated in doing the appraisals. I’m sure homeowners are wary of someone coming into their home, and the appraisers can be trepidatious to go into a home where someone might be quarantined or under the weather. We here at Aspen Appraisal Group feel like we’ve put some precautions together to help both parties feel more at ease.
Here are some necessary steps that we’ll be taking during our appraisals. We also have a few things that you can do while we’re at the property.
When one of our appraisers arrive they will knock on your door to notify you that they are on the property. They will then begin with the exterior of your home, measuring and photographing the property. We ask that you secure your pets and open your garage door. When the time has come to enter your home we will wear disposable gloves and be sure to not touch anything inside the house. It’s also a good idea that we keep the recommended six feet from each other during the appraisal. We request that all of the lights in the house be turned on so that our photos are of the best quality. This will prevent us from having to touch the switches while still being able to give you the best appraisal possible.
If you have already had a sketch done on the property we would ask that you please provide that to us if at all possible. You can email that to us at [email protected] prior to our visit, or you may provide it at the time of our appointment. Providing us with a prior sketch will help us both by limiting our appraiser’s time within the home. This sketch will, of course, be reviewed for accuracy at the appointment.
Finally, if anyone in the house is self-quarantined due to potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus or displaying any symptoms of the virus or even a fever, please be sure to inform us of the situation before our appraiser is meant to arrive. It would be in everyone’s best interest to reschedule the appraisal appointment. We want to ensure that if any of our appraisers have symptoms they will not be sent to your home.
We understand how important it is for you to be able to have an appraisal done at this time. We believe by following these preventative steps, we’ll be able to proceed with scheduling appraisals. We thank you in advance for taking the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our appraisers. We look forward to appraising your home.
If you have any other suggestions to ensure our health and safety, concerns, or questions please feel free to share in the comments below.