To effectively complete a commercial appraisal or multifamily housing rent comparability study we are required to conduct a thorough exterior and interior inspection of subject properties. COVID-19 has presented challenges but has not stopped the FRG team from completing comprehensive site inspections.
In the late Spring, as the country began to slowly re-open our client requests increased. FRG team members often take multi-day trips many times via air travel to complete site inspections. In early June, FRG had a client commitment requiring an inspection of a property on the border of the states of Wisconsin and Michigan. Having previously completed projects in the same area, I knew the fastest route to the site was via a one-hour direct flight from Cleveland to Milwaukee and 2.5-hour car drive north of Mitchell Airport to the site.
As I explored this travel option, I found direct flights were no longer available. As well, my preferred airline only had two flights leaving each day with Milwaukee as the destination. And the available flights had a total travel time of almost six hours. Further, both flights would require an overnight stay in Milwaukee.
I needed to find another travel option.
I considered driving and discovered a one-way trip to the site from Cleveland would be a ten-hour drive. Further, this option would require an overnight hotel stay. At that time, many hotels, especially those in rural areas were struggling with remaining open and offered few amenities. Thus, I did not see a hotel stay as a viable option.