COVID-19 PROTOCOLS AT RED RIVER GROUP

 

We have implemented new protocols regarding interior site-visits. Exterior site-visits will continue to take place. The following protocols are effective June 6, 2020 until further notice.

 

The Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC) has recommended that all its members enhance their COVID-19 response related to property inspections for all residential, commercial and agricultural appraisals. These enhanced protocols, out of an abundance of caution, make interior site inspections of properties challenging. As such, we are changing the way in which we conduct inspections. For a full list of inspection options, click here.

We continue to monitor provincial and federal health orders, along with recommendations from AIC as we update our protocols.

Interior inspections, under most circumstances, will continue for all residential, commercial and agricultural appraisals where buildings are:

  • Vacant (no owners/occupants present)
  • Under construction (including for progress inspections)
  • Limited contact of surfaces by the appraiser – requesting owner/occupants to turn on all lights and open doors
  • Appraiser required to employ appropriate personal protection equipment
  • Phone and/or email interview with owner following interior inspection or if owner at site an interview outside at least two metres apart

When requested by the owner, and deemed reasonable by the appraiser, an interior inspection with occupants present in the building may be conducted with enhanced COVID-19 protocols such as, but not limited to:

  • Both appraiser and occupants of the building pass the Provincial COVID-19 pre-screening tool
  • Occupants being in a separate area of the building than appraiser during inspection that exceeds two meters
  • Limited contact of surfaces by the appraiser
  • Appraiser required to employ appropriate personal protection equipment
  • Phone and/or email interview with owner following interior inspection or if owner at site an interview outside at least two metres apart

When requested by the owner, and deemed reasonable by the appraiser, a virtual interior inspection will be completed by:

  • Exterior window viewing at time of exterior inspection of property where practical
  • Phone and/or email interview with owner and owner supplied pictures as of the appraisal effective date
  • In most cases, virtual tours of the interior facilitated by the appraiser utilizing technology platforms approved by Red River Group (such as video calling through Zoom or What’s App)

Site visits will continue for all residential, commercial and agricultural appraisals for exterior inspection purposes. No personal interactions with owners/occupants will be initiated.

Inspections will include:

  • Measurements of all site improvements
  • Full inspection of the exterior of site improvements
  • Exterior pictures of site improvements

Should any of your clients/members have any questions or concerns related to site visits please encourage them to ask the appraiser assigned to their file and we will do what we can, within our professional practice standards, to accommodate.

General questions about our protocols and turn-around times can be directed to Gordon Daman:

Gordon Daman
Red River Group President
855-371-5833 ext. 200
gordon.daman@redrivergroup.ca