At the time of writing this Blog the Government has eased the Lockdown in many sectors, but clouds are gathering in Europe for a possible return. The easing of the restrictions varies in the workplace because the risk of contagion differs at so many levels. To reassure members of the public who are opening their doors to Woodward Chartered Surveyors, we can confirm our adherence to the Government’s guidance of “people working in, visiting […] other people’s homes.”
Although Government guidance is changing regularly, there remains two essential requirements when inspecting occupied properties: first, our surveyors are knowledgeable on working safely in people’s homes; second, communicating with households prior to arrival , and on arrival, to ensure that the household understands the current social distancing and hygiene measures that should be followed once the inspection has commenced. Our surveyors are subject to a strict health monitoring regime and meticulous preparations are made in advance of our inspections, including obtaining assurances and information from property owners on the following: that neither they or anyone in their household have been in contact with a person with virus symptoms within the preceding 7 days ; that none of the occupiers are self-isolating or are shielding; the number of occupiers who will be in the property; that no one else will visit the property during the inspection; and assurances that the occupiers will maintain the current social distancing during the inspection.
Our regulating body RICS has also published guidance for Building Surveyors.
Our surveyor will not carry out/continue with the inspection unless positive responses/actions are received from the owner/occupiers. We will contact the owner/occupiers when he/she arrives outside the property to seek assurances that the above information given by the owner has not changed and to confirm that the surveyor will be dressed in full PPE before entering the property.
These efforts have meant Woodward Chartered Surveyors have contiuously carried out Building Surveys, surveys for home buyers and valuations in London, Harrow, Rickmansworth areas throughour the Coroavirus pandemic. For further information, please contact our highly trained team