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Why Mold Inspection Is Important When Buying A Home

The basic problem with mold is that it can be hidden. Home inspectors are not mold remediation specialists and do not have the expertise required to identify potential mold issues. Home buyers are well advised to invest in both a home inspection and mold inspection before purchasing a home, particularly if there is any indication that there are potential moisture issues. Mold occurs normally in outdoor environments, serving as nature’s recycling center and breaking down the dead organic matter from animals or plants. Humans encounter mold and even inhale mold spores every day with no ill effects whatsoever. When mold occurs in an indoor environment, however, things change. Suddenly, mold and its accompanying spores (through which it reproduces) are encountered (and inhaled) in large concentrations. In addition to the many health concerns caused by mold, it is also important to understand that mold essentially eats the material that your home is made of meaning this will cause structural damage.4041_Mold_Testing_Inspection

Home Inspectors Are NOT Mold Experts

The problem with mold is that it can be hidden under baseboards, beneath carpet, and under a new paint job. Home inspectors will look for visual problems with the home, but may not necessarily be able to identify a mold problem. A credible home inspector may provide you with some warning signs that conditions exist to encourage mold growth:

1. Water stains

2. Smelly basement

3. Water seepage

4. Leaky roof

That being said, a home inspector will not verify the existence of mold and may not specify this in their report. It is also important to understand that many home inspectors rely on referrals from real estate agents, which could cause potential conflict of interest issues. Since extensive mold in a home can make it virtually unlivable, paying for a specialized mold inspection can potentially save you thousands of dollars and your health.

Real Estate Agents Do NOT Like Moldmold_inspectors2-1024x682

Real estate agents know that the presence of mold can end a real estate transaction. Since legal requirements for disclosing mold problems is not universally mandatory, then it really is up to the seller to disclose such information. If this is not done, the buyer may never know a problem even exists.

In addition, even if you are dealing with ethical real estate agents, this does not necessarily mean that the seller of the home is honest. If the seller has a mold problem and knows that it might hinder the sale of their property, they may try to hide mold issues by painting or spackling where mold is present and/or replacing sheet rock to hide moldy wood framing.

Mold Remediation Is CostlyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Mold remediation is the removal of mold from a home to make it safe and livable. This process is costly because the materials contaminated with mold need to be removed. You can not simply spray mold with chemicals. The cost of remediation will depend on the area that is affected and the kind of materials. In addition, mold remediation specialists take special training and follow specific procedures to prevent mold from spreading. Their goal is not only to remove the mold, but to contain it and clean it. Mold will not grow unless there is moisture and water. The success of any mold remediation project will only be long lasting if the moisture issues are properly addressed.

The basic problem with mold is that it can be hidden. Home inspectors are not mold remediation specialists and do not have the expertise required to identify potential mold issues. Home buyers are well advised to invest in both a home inspection and mold inspection before purchasing a home, particularly if there is any indication that there are potential moisture issues.

If you are considering buying a new home, call P.R.S. of Tampa Bay, Inc. at 727-NO-WATER for your mold inspection!

 

http://www.gotmold.ca/2013/03/top-3-reasons-to-have-a-mold-inspection-before-buying-a-home/

http://www.gotmold.ca/2012/06/buyer-beware-how-reliable-is-your-home-inspection/

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