When searching for a home, there are a lot of things that go on the list of considerations: location, appearance, convenience, space, and more. But something that isn’t often considered and should be is potential mold! Mold isn’t only a problem for older homes or homes that appear worn down on the outside- brand new homes can have mold, too! All it takes for mold to quickly appear in a brand-new build is the right circumstances or even a simple construction era.
Mold removal can become costly, very quickly. It can also cause quite a few health issues, especially for those who are extra sensitive to mold. But what are the top reasons to get a professional mold inspection before moving forward with the purchase of a home?
Real estate agents cannot run a mold inspection
When showing a home, real estate agents should be aware of potential issues to disclose for potential buyers. However, they are relying on the honesty and disclosure of the seller to let them know what the problems might be. A buyer can be on the lookout for potential issues, but they may still be left in the dark.
Home inspectors aren’t mold experts!
You may think that you are covering all your bases by having a home inspection, but this isn’t the case. Home inspections are more about issues with foundations, wiring, plumbing, and other parts of the home’s structural integrity and safety. They aren’t trained to spot mold or conditions that could lead to it. So, a clean bill of health from a normal home inspection is no guarantee that your home doesn’t have mold- or the potential for mold! Remember, here are some of the questions you can ask an inspector, real estate agent, or simply investigate for yourself:
- Is the property in an area that’s prone to flooding or a known wetlands area?
- Has the home had issues with roof leaks or rot?
- Does the home have sump pump problems or dampness in the basement?
- Is the ground around the home sloped towards or away from it?
The cost of mold remediation
Finding out that you have mold to consider when purchasing a home doesn’t need to be an immediate “no.” However, it does leave you with things to consider. Mold remediation depends on several factors, including:
- How large are the area(s) of mold?
- Is the mold accessible for cleaning and remediation?
- What parts of the house and/or what types of material are affected?
Getting a proper mold inspection and a quote for what the remediation will cost gives you a starting point. With this, you can figure out what the ultimate cost of purchasing a home will be. You won’t know for sure until a professional inspector informs you, and then you can make an accurate decision.
The process of buying a home, and of dealing with mold, can both be stressful. If you have a lot on your plate, contact the Flood Medix! Our expertise will make the process as smooth as possible for you and leave you able to make the right decisions for you and your family.