During this period of "sheltering-in-place" to COVID-19, each state’s orders regarding real estate appraisals have varied. Indeed, local jurisdictions including cities and counties have often had their own guidelines and regulations regarding whether or not appraisals are considered "essential" and whether interior as well as exterior inspections can be performed.
Some states are beginning to ease restrictions, so we will keep this page updated with the latest information that we can get our hands on. Be sure to check with your local government entities to ensure that you’ve got the most current information.
As of May 19, every county in Pennsylvania is now open for business. Here's Governor Tom Wolf's Executive Order, which includes guidelines to ensure the safety and health of employees and the public.
On March 24, Vermont released Addendum 6 to Executive Order 01-20 (Stay Home/Stay Safe) which directed all Vermonters to stay at home, and it stated that real estate services, includings appraisals, are not deemed "critical," and are therefore subject to the same restrictions as other businesses.
However, by April 17, Vermont revised their guidance and began allowing interior inspections again, so Vermont is now a “business as usual” state.
For other states, the Appraisal Institute has done an excellent job of summarizing stay-at-home and non-essential business closure orders. Click here to access a complete guide to every state.
For more resources on maintaining appraiser continuity during this time, please click here.
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