Closure due to the COVID-19 Pandemicadmin
We apologize for being yet another company delivering a message about “what we are doing” but we feel as though it is prudent to update our clients and partners of our current status.
Based on the “stay at home” press release from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan yesterday (March 23, 2020), real estate has not been specifically listed as an essential service that can remain open. Additional guidance from the Maryland Realtors and several brokerages today provided vague and twisted interpretations that attempt to connect residential real estate showings and sales to the commercial facility and financial sectors of what the federal government deems to be critical infrastructure. This is the opposite of what several other states have publicized.
The measures taken by the federal, state, and local governments over the past few weeks are designed to limit unnecessary interaction to stop or slow the spread of the virus while allowing vital businesses to continue to function. The health and safety of our staff and their young families, our clients and their families, the occupants of the homes we inspect, and the community as a whole are paramount to us.
Although we have always used masks, antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, shoe covers, and other personal protective equipment during inspection work, we also believe it is irresponsible to continue to consume these precious commodities when there are fellow emergency responders and other healthcare providers who are currently without them while they are working to save lives.
We initially sat down earlier today to formalize a policy to continue working while limiting in-person interactions to minimize the impact on our clients and partners. As that policy was being written, we quickly realized that just one asymptomatic inspector going through 10-15 properties in one week has the possibility of touching objects shared by 50-100 people even if the homes were empty at the time of the inspection. We came to the conclusion that continuing our inspection work during this pandemic is both selfish and foolish. We have decided to choose the greater good over greed.
Effective immediately, we are ending the scheduling of new inspections and we urge others involved in real estate to do the same. We will re-evaluate on Monday April 6th and may begin booking appointments beginning on Monday April 13th. We are still available to answer any questions or provide other assistance as needed.
Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to sharing a successful year with you after this unprecedented event ends.