Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, or experienced homeowner, it’s important to know what you are paying for before you purchase a new home. Most people opt to have their home inspected by a licensed home inspector. They report on the condition of the home’s interior, exterior, plumbing, electric, heating and air conditioning.
Home inspections are incredibly useful because they are often a deciding factor if a buyer will continue with the purchase. Nobody wants to inherit structural damage or other significant maintenance issues!
But what about a mold inspection? Wondering if you should get a mold inspection before buying a home is a common question in our industry.
The short answer is yes. While every home-buying situation is different, we strongly recommend getting certified mold testing before buying a home. The reason for this is because mold can create significant structural damage to a home if not treated.
And before you think this is just another excuse to fork over money before making a large investment, mold inspection is actually becoming a common practice in real estate transactions. And the benefits are worth it.
Mold testing benefits both buyers and sellers. For sellers, having a clean bill of health when putting your house on the market is a powerful selling tool. A clean inspection certificate will give your prospective buyers peace of mind, and will eliminate unexpected roadblocks to closing the sale.
For buyers, mold testing can save you from pricy future mold remediation and removal. It might be hard to believe, but sellers are NOT universally mandated to disclose a home’s mold problems. That means the seller can choose whether or not to tell you if a mold issue exists. Furthermore, if sellers know that mold is present, they may try to cover up evidence of mold by painting or spackling — anything to prevent the sale from going through. You do not want to leave that up to chance!
For instance, foreclosed homes are becoming increasingly popular to purchase and renovate in today’s market. Depending on humidity levels, foreclosed homes can be breeding grounds for mold. Foreclosed homes are more susceptible to mold because usually their power is turned off, which means their HVAC units are also off. HVAC serves as a natural dehumidifier to remove moisture from the home.
Mold growth is not just common in used homes. New construction is also susceptible to mold growth. We have found that new builds are built to be energy efficient, but are not always constructed with great ventilation.
Lastly, mold inspection benefits home buyers because not all mold is visible. Certified mold testing will identify not only the presence of mold, but the source of moisture causing the mold to grow. Moisture is the key component to mold growth. This can occur in places you could never see with the naked eye, like chimneys. Without moisture, mold cannot grow. If a homeowner can control moisture, they can control mold.
Besides moisture, mold also needs dead, organic matter to survive. Homes can provide the perfect environment for mold because they are constructed with wood, drywall, fabric and paper, which is dead, organic material. In nature, mold’s job is to break down dead organic matter. It happens continuously and is basically providing a recycling service for dead plant and animal material. Unfortunately, that same service is not as appreciated inside the walls of a house, and creates significant damage.
With all this in mind, getting a certified home inspection prior to purchasing a home seems like a no-brainer. If mold goes undetected, it will continue to eat the material of the home, causing significant structural damage. This not only creates staggering renovation costs, but adversely affects your living conditions and the resale value of your home.
Untreated mold in the home can also cause adverse health effects. While not all mold is toxic black mold, inspections will tell you the exact species of the mold, so your physician can help treat your symptoms.
If you want the peace of mind that you and your family are moving into a healthy environment, call Mold Test USA today to schedule a mold test. We will perform our signature 52-point inspection to give you unbiased results about the type of mold in your home, the source of the moisture, and recommended next steps to handle your mold growth.
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