The beginning of the year is one of the best times to buy a home, especially now. The market has shifted to a buyers market, making buying a home easier than it previously was. However there is a lot of responsibility that comes with buying a home, including repair and keeping up appearances. Something all homeowners must be conscious of is mold. Mold growth can be harmful to humans and homes. If left untreated, it can eat away your home and cause a myriad of health problems for anyone living inside of it. However, mold can be tricky to detect. It can grow under floor boards, inside walls, and in places normally hidden from view. If you are planning on investing in real estate, or if you have already invested in a home, these are some good reasons to schedule a mold inspection to help ensure your home is in tip-top shape.
Should You Get A Mold Inspection?
Mold is an unwelcome visitor at any property, especially if it is newly acquired. Not to mention, removing mold is not a cheap endeavor, and can include costs that were not originally budgeted for.
While in California it is required that sellers must disclose any mold issues to the buyer, it is possible that mold issues may remain that are less obvious, or less known to the seller. This can also happen if a property is sold "as is."
Typically, although there are many ways and legal framework to avoid messes like these, these mold issues wind up in court. With this being so, it is in the best interest of everyone involved to make sure that issues regarding mold on the premises are investigated thoroughly and properly.
When it comes to home inspections, a lot of inspectors will include a clause that says their inspection does not have to cover mold. If this is the case, it could potentially mean that there is a mold problem at hand that the inspector does not want to cover. in this particular case, it is important to schedule a mold inspection to properly scan the property to avoid incurring any potential costs in the future.
You can typically detect mold by smelling it or seeing it. Places that have visible water damage where you can clearly see moisture in places it shouldn't be is also an indication of mold, or impending mold. If you do find mold, or any area of the home with water damage, it is important to take care of it right away. For mold, mold cleaning and restoration is key. It is important to air the area out and find and stop the source of leaking water. Remediation companies will best handle mold cleaning and restoration.
However, worst case scenario if you find a form of mold on the property that is toxic and extremely hazardous to human health, this will hopefully help you decide whether or not the property is still a good purchase.
There is a possibility that your home inspector will not recommend a mold inspection for your home. And it is possible that there could be no evidence of mold and that your home is clean and does not have a mold problem. The question you'll have to ask yourself is, is it worth taking the risk? This is a question that only you can answer. However, we are here to help provide you with the most information for you to make the best informed decision you can. If you decide that you need more information, or if you would like to schedule an inspection, or if you have reason to believe there is mold in your home, give us a call at 619-284-4239 for a free consultation, or contact us at cleanearthrestorations.com.