Update to Real Estate Services in Regards to Colorado Stay-at-Home Order
Official Message from Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Division of Real Estate
Guidance: Practicing Real Estate During a Pandemic
Last Updated April 9, 2020
“Executive Order D 2020 017, amended by Executive Order D 2020 024, requires all Coloradans to stay at home and all businesses to close due to the presence of COVID-19 in the State, unless the business is designated as a “critical business.” This Executive Order went into effect on March 26, 2020 and expires on April 26, 2020 unless further extended by the Governor.
Public Health Order 20-24, issued pursuant to Executive Order D 2020 017, and amended by Executive Order D 2020 024, does not authorize real estate marketing services such as in-person showings or open houses.
Real estate appraisals and closings are considered critical services to complete real estate transactions. Further, home inspections and final walkthroughs after a buyer has signed a purchase contract, and is therefore a condition precedent to the actual transfer of property, is also considered to be an essential part of the real estate transaction.
Elements that are fundamental to the real estate transaction are deemed essential to support market activity. However, showing a property or conducting an open house in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic shall be avoided as it violates the specific mandates of recently issued executive and public health orders.
Further, encouraging members of the public to engage in non-essential travel and/or requiring residents to leave their residences for the purpose of viewing real property unnecessarily compromises public health by expanding public exposure.
We recognize this is a difficult time, but we are asking for compliance so that the spread of virus and the risk to our population is mitigated whenever and wherever possible. Thank you.”
The official announcement may be seen here
The CDC has published guidelines on how to protect yourself and others which our organization will be following. Details of those guidelines can be found on the CDC’s website.
Axium's Commitment to the Community
Axium Inspections is putting the community’s health and safety first in regards to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our team is making every effort to help prevent the spread of the virus, and we understand that our employees and company policies can play a vital part in achieving that goal.
We have had close communications with our staff on how we can best implement these policies. Additional cleaning of our offices, tools, workstations, vehicles, and diligently washing our hands between stops may not be seen by you, but please know that proper sanitation is our first priority. You may notice our inspectors are not shaking hands, are staying a distance, and are wiping down surfaces both before and after our observations. We realize how important it is for our customers to be able to attend inspections, ask questions, and get clarity on the important investment they are making. At this time we are offering phone and video conferences to ensure we leave the smallest footprint at the home possible.
Our team takes pride in the work that we do and always going the extra mile, however during this time, we are asking everyone to be extra diligent using safety measures, not to work if they are feeling ill, and to self-quarantine if they or any of their family members have been exposed to COVID-19. In turn, we are asking all buyers and agents who are not feeling well to stay home and not attend inspections. If you cannot attend the inspection, our Home Inspector will be available by phone, video, or email after the inspection to discuss findings and address all of your questions and concerns. Also, to limit exposure to the virus, we are asking that only direct buyers and the Real Estate Agent attend the inspection. If you are a seller of a house and you are not feeling well, then please let us know as soon as possible and we will reschedule the inspection with all parties involved.
Working remotely can also be a challenge, especially with kids at home. As more people are complying with local stay-at-home orders, we are also providing a home health and safety inspection. Given the financial impact of this crisis, we have priced this inspection (and are discounting other services) with that consideration in mind. You can schedule inspections online or give us a call us at 303-797-6900.
Obviously, the spread of the virus has everyone on high alert, but if we all work together, at a distance, we have confidence we will all make it through this as stronger, smarter contributors to the community.
If you have any questions, or suggestions on how we can effectively support you, please feel free to call us at 303-831-1202 and ask to speak with a member of our management team.
Click here to watch a brief video outlining safety tips from Axium’s InterNACHI Certified Master Inspector, Dirck Parsons.