Appraisers Considered an Essential Business
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Illinois Governor Issues Stay-at-Home Order. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker today issued a “stay at home” order for the entire state starting Saturday March 21, 2020, at 5 p.m. through April 7.
The order encourages all “essential businesses and operations” to remain open.
Appraisers are considered an essential business
The order encourages all “essential businesses and operations” to remain open, but directs them to enforce six-foot social distancing for both employees and customers.
Under the order, “essential businesses” cover a wide variety of workers, including the health care, public health, and human services professionals at the front lines of the state’s COVID-19 response. In addition, those providing essential government and infrastructure needs – such as waste collection, airport operations, law enforcement officers, and child welfare personnel – are exempt from the order.
Other exempt businesses include stores that sell groceries and medicine; producers of food, beverages, and cannabis; outlets, such as newspapers, radio, and television; gas stations; laundromats; banks, and other financial institutions as well as appraisers.
ICAP reminds all of its members to make their own decisions about what they are comfortable with and to take special precautions but also informs them that according to the governor’s executive order appraisal activities are permitted.
Read the Governor’s executive order here or below.
Helpful Tips For Real Estate Appraisers
Talk with your Clients, Lenders, and AMC’s about any safety policies or protocols that they may have put in place when performing inspections – what are their expectations.
Implement some common sense practices of your own, such as carrying disinfectant wipes to appointments, keeping gloves and face masks in your bag, have a thermometer on hand, and cleaning your tablet, I-pad, laptop and phone before and after appointments. Wash your hands before and after appointments with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Let the borrower know if you are planning on wearing a face mask, gloves, or avoiding physical contact such as a handshake. If you are concerned about touching surfaces, you may ask them to open and close all doors and have the light switches on during the appointment.
As with any other real estate professionals, appraisers must be mindful of the Fair Housing Act and not discriminate against any particular segment of the population.
Finally, use common sense and your best judgement. Most of all – don’t panic and keep your clients informed.