Communication is your key to preventing accidental interference and setting up the seller/owner/occupant for a realistic expectation of living under CBCs and/or the need for a 96-hour test should severe weather enter the picture. A pre-inspection consultation is required in Illinois.
- A signed non-interference agreement and/or verbal authorization prevents you from working for free if a retest is required due to a violation of CBCs during the test. No authorization to comply or ensure compliance means retesting is on your dime.
- Communicating CBCs upon scheduling of the appointment can save you money as you can retrieve the monitor sooner if you don’t have to delay-start your monitor.
A simple conversation is the best tamper/interference detection.
- TALK to the owner/occupant AND Realtor.
- EDUCATE the occupants.
- PREVENT/DETECT by using proper placement and retrieval protocol.
You can’t complain that compliance isn’t met if you pass your responsibility to the Realtor. Ask the following questions:
- Is the property vacant or occupied?
- Is staging furniture present?
- Will they need to remove the furniture during the measurement?
- When are the sellers moving?
- Will there be contractors doing work?