Michigan Home Inspections & COVID-19

Last update March 30, 2020.

Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services lists inspectors in the Bulletin 2020-11-BT_CF_CU_685132_7.pdf|attachment (114.0 KB)

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Are you sure home inspectors fall under that umbrella? The verbiage image I read yesterday was very clear about home inspections in Michigan not being critical. The information you’re pointing to is specific to contractors who repair homes.

Q: Are people who repair homes considered critical infrastructure employees for the purposes of Executive Order 2020-21?

In general, yes. Under the order, critical infrastructure workers include workers “who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.” To the extent your workers perform jobs that are necessary to the safety, sanitation, and operation of homes, they may be designated as critical infrastructure workers.

Essentially I still have bills and no one told me not to. Hehe…

Definitely came to quite a halt though since realtors have gone to “virtual” showings.

You saw this part of Ben’s post, right Vince?:

I would say there is room for not being sure. IMHO…YMMV

I mean, is leaking insulated glass (for instance)?:

We all have bills to pay. And, I’d like to see us all be live to pay those bills.

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Update. March 30, 2020. Michigan Home Inspectors COVID-19 Bulletin_2020-11-BT_CF_CU_685132_7.pdf (114.0 KB) .

Realtors are not permitted to show homes. Without that it’s having a huge impact on offers being made. I’ve talked to a few agents today and they’re trying to do virtual showings but running into the same issue of not being allowed to go to the home to even take photos.

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Thanks for the information, Vince.

Update April 9th

Home Inspector’s are no longer listed as critical workers as of tonight up until April 30th.

Thanks, Vince.

Michigan, being 3rd in the nation for infected people, staying at home, with some safe exceptions, is reasonable. IMHO

Update received:

From: <julier@grar.com>
Date: Sat, Apr 11, 2020 at 10:29 AM
Subject: Update re: Buyers Attending Home Inspections
To: <grar_members@listserv.grar.com>

TO: All Members

Michigan Realtors has interpreted the Executive Order to clarify that a buyer can attend the home inspection (with the inspector, not independently) of a home they are purchasing. However, the seller or the inspector can preclude this since it needs authorization from both. Permission must first be granted to the buyer (i.e. the patron) by the inspector who has liability for ensuring that s/he is using appropriate mitigation measures to protect their patrons. It also requires consent by the seller. We would suggest this consent be in writing. Keep in mind, this does not give the agent permission to attend the inspection.

Take care, everyone.


Julie Rietberg, CEO

Greater Regional Alliance of REALTORS


PH 616.940.8200


Glad to see you posted this already, @gromicko. I am an affiliate member of the association which posted this update.

My only concern is the implication that I will be somehow responsible for the buyer’s actions within the home. Also the encouragement of written consent gives momentary pause. Your thoughts?

It is nice to see you on our forum again, Grant! Hope to see you more often!..Enjoy! :smile:

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I just logged in to see if I had received a reply. Also took the time (today, not yesterday) to look further into written consent language, etc. which might have been already created by my excellent association.

I found it here: Occupant Virus Release

Thanks to all involved who do what they can to spearhead our member’s success in all business environments, whether fair or foul. :clap: :grinning:

The verbiage is clearly intended to be included in the buyer’s inspection contract. What about verbiage to be used for the seller of the home? If you inspect an occupied property does that increase liability and what do you do about that?

Interesting. That’s exactly how I read it the first time through also, Vince.

However, the “occupant” release has as its signer the “Seller/Tenant” rather than the buyer. This would add a bit of complication since I don’t often contact or see sellers during the inspection process.

I don’t think someone could prove where they may have contracted the disease anyway.


I’m inspecting two this week. Esseciential or not I’m working when allowed. SW MICHIGAN


Michigan Inspectors cannot legally perform inspections until further notice

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Thanks, Mike. That’s what I understand, too.

I hope you and yours are staying well and safe down there, my friend.

I heard that the state police are not stopping people just to check if they are supposed to be out, or not. But, if someone gets stepped for some other infraction, it is in their purview to investigate further. And the fines, last I heard, were $500/ 1st and $1,000/ 2nd time offense.

Here’s a link to Michigan Realtors COVID-19 FAQs sheet which seems to contradict your understanding, @mbazzo. It was last revised April 17.

Of course, Michigan Realtors is only providing commentary, not being a government agency. Our local Realtors association continues to state home inspectors are allowed to work.