Buying A New Home?
Why Should I Have A Mold Inspection?
Mold naturally occurs in the outdoor environment, serving a vital role in nature by breaking down dead organic matter from plants and animals. As humans, we encounter and even inhale mold spores every day. In most cases people would not even realize they have been exposed, yet some experience allergenic symptoms.
However, when mold occurs in an indoor environment, things change. Not only do we encounter spores in a contained area, but in some cases, depending on the type of mold you may be exposing yourself to mycotoxins, which may cause severe effects on one’s health.
When you consider that mold loves organic matter and the fact that mold’s job in nature is to break this organic matter down, you realize very quickly not only can indoor mold be destructive to our health, but also to the structure of our home as well.
Mold is always in need of a perfect environment to grow. Once spores are released, if they land in an area of organic dead material (such as wood, drywall, fabric, paper etc.), and moisture levels are correct, it creates the prefect environment for growth. Even if mold spores land on organic material it cannot grow without moisture or water. So obviously, the key to controlling indoor mold is controlling the moisture and humidity in our homes.
Now we understand why Mold is a serious issue to our homes and health, let’s talk about why you should have a Licensed Mold Inspector (Assessor) inspect your new home or investment property prior to buying it.
#1: A HOME INSPECTOR IS NOT A MOLD INSPECTOR OR MOLD EXPERT!
Mold is a sneaky villain, often hiding under baseboards, beneath carpet, and even under a new paint job. A Home Inspector will look for a visual problems with the home, but in most cases, they have not been trained to identify a mold issue or warning signs that conditions are ripe for potential mold growth.
It is not uncommon for homeowners to do cosmetic touch ups before they list the home on the market. With advice from Real Estate experts and an internet full of DIYers, they will go through their home using simple “quick” fixes to temporarily hide the evidence of a mold or water damage issue, whether the issue is current or past.
We commonly find some of these “Trade Tricks” used to temporarily hide the evidence that a mold or water damage exists or existed in the home:
Homeowners want to hide the fact that there is or was a problem. Why? Because they know that it will drop the value of the home and their ability to sell it at market value.
In addition, a Home Inspector cannot legally verify the existence of mold and may not specify this in their report, as the State of Florida is very specific about how mold can be truly identified in a home and whom can identify it. State of Florida law has specific licensing for Mold Assessors and Mold Remediators. A Home Inspector in the eyes of the law is not a Mold Expert. Don’t be fooled. Ask your home inspector for proof that they are a Licensed Mold Assessor.
#2: MOLD REMEDIATION CAN GET VERY COSTLY!
When mold is present in a home, the only way to truly restore the home to a safe indoor air quality environment again, is to remove all mold damaged materials that have been contaminated, scrub the air of all free floating spores and particles, specialized targeted cleaning and debriding, and then treat the entire area with a specialized anti-microbial treatment. Remediation is a multistep process and must be done correctly in order to not spread the infestation to other areas of the home.
Contrary to some fly-by night mold remediation companies, you CANNOT just spray mold with bleach, chemicals, or specialized proprietary sprays. The cost of remediation depends upon the size of the area that is affected and the kind of material affected.
True Licensed Remediators have taken specialized training and follow specific procedures to prevent mold from spreading, they not only remove the mold, but they properly contain the mold and the spores released from spreading thru the remaining areas of the home.
If you discover that you have a mold issue after you buy a home or rental property, it could cost thousands of dollars in extra expense, as well as additional emotional stress, which could all have been avoided by simply hiring the right person for the job before you closed the deal.
#3: BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE!
A homeowner knows that if mold is found in their home, it could kill a deal dead in its tracks. They will do everything they can to hide the evidence and unless they disclose it, the buyer may never know.
Real Estate agents don’t always encourage potential buyers to get a Mold Inspection, in addition to a home inspection, because they know that if mold is found, the deal is most likely off the table, thus decreasing their commission checks.
Hopefully you are lucky enough to have found a real estate agent that is honest and has integrity, but the agent themselves could still be a victim of a homeowner who is choosing to be dishonest.
Because of this, Home Buyers need to be their own advocate.
Don’t be afraid to ask the history of the home. Here are some great questions:
Some signs for potential buyers to look for that would suggest a problem is trying to be hidden would be:
Investing the small inspection fee to have a Licensed Mold Assessor (Inspector) complete a comprehensive mold inspection before you buy could save you thousands of dollars in the end.
We offer a New Home Buyers Package that will assess a home that you are looking to make an offer on, if that home fails to meet the buyer’s expectations, then we will inspect the next home you find for *free. To take advantage of this great offer, give us a call today.
*Second inspection does not include the cost of any samples taken. The buyer would be responsible to pay the cost of samples. Limit one time free follow up inspection per a home buyer.