The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly altered the way people are currently buying and selling homes. The use of masks, disinfectants, medical disclosures, virtual tours and showings are all commonplace. Showings are taking place with no touch policies and groups viewing homes are not to overlap their viewing times, to ensure social distancing.
One of the more concerning trends, in my opinion, is the growing acceptance of some people buying homes or properties, without in-person viewings or inspections. They may be relying solely on live or recorded video presentations and/or professional photography. In fact, some homebuyers are foregoing having professional home inspections conducted, to reveal potential problems with a house, townhome or condo. This is highly risky!
Buying a home or property is typically the largest single purchase in a person or family's lifetime. Just because we are in the midst of a pandemic, doesn't mean one should not conduct their full due diligence. Failing to have a property thorughly viewed and inspected is opening yourself up for costly oversights later own, potentially.
As a buyers agent, I would have no problem helping you arrange a professional property inspection by a qualified property inspector. As well, I would take all necessary precautions to help you safely view a home in-person, to the best extent possible.
In an active housing market, like the one we are currently experiencing in the Fraser Valley, it's important to not let one's anxiousness overtake or abandon a buyer's need to be dilligent in carefully reviewing all aspects of a home or property. That is one of the greatest benefits of working with a buyer's agent, like me.