Will the home inspector be given access to the house? If there is a septic system, will a septic inspector be permitted to do the inspection?
Even if inspections are permitted, you might not be permitted to be present, which means that you will not have the benefit on asking questions and actually seeing the inspector point out items, which is much more informative than simply reading a formal, written report. In such a case, find out if the inspector can take a lot of photos, or better yet, live-stream the inspection.
Will the appraiser be permitted to make a site visit? If not, will the lender be able to accept a drive-by appraisal?
Will your lawyer have access to public documents for the title search?
To accommodate Stay-Home orders, your lawyer can probably arrange for a remote closing.
I should mention one more thing: These days I have been including the following language in purchase contracts:
“In case of delays or cancellation due to the covid-19 pandemic (such as appraiser or inspectors becoming ill or subject to stay home orders; or closed lab; or other unusual problems caused by the pandemic) Buyer shall not be in default or denied right to inspect because of missed deadlines. In such circumstance, both parties and their agents will work cooperatively to find workable solutions.”
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(If you are currently party to a buyer agency agreement, then you should ask your agent for advice.)
Steven K-Brooks, Principal Broker
Brattleboro Buyer Brokerage Real Estate
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