You just found the perfect home for yourself and your family. And whether you are a first-time home buyer or a seasoned buyer, you understand it is important to know what you are paying for. In most cases, you will opt to have a professional home inspection so you can know about any issues with the home. Many home inspections include checking the home’s interior, exterior, plumbing, heating, and air conditioning. Professional home inspectors usually do not check for mold. So, is a mold inspection necessary when you are buying a home? The short answer to this question is yes. Here is why.
For the seller, a mold inspection gives their home a clean bill of health. A clean bill of health for the home means the seller will be able to get top dollar out of their home. It also prevents any roadblocks in the selling process.
For you, the buyer, it saves you from having to spend money on mold remediation later. It may come as a shock, but sellers do not necessarily have to disclose a mold problem. Sellers may even try to cover up mold issues by painting.
Buying foreclosed homes is becoming very popular. While foreclosed homes are great because of the low price tag, these types of homes are the perfect breeding ground for mold. Most foreclosed homes’ power and HVAC are turned off for an extended period of time. Not having a working HVAC allows moisture to show up. The more moisture exists, the better the environment for mold to grow.
Older homes are not the only type of homes that are susceptible to mold, though. New construction homes can have mold problems as well. Energy efficiency is becoming popular in newer homes. While energy-efficient homes are great for you, they are not always well-ventilated. If a house doesn’t have good ventilation, then mold will start to grow more rapidly.
Finally, not all mold is visible. A professional mold inspection will not only identify a mold problem, but it will also determine the source of the moisture. The key to getting rid of any mold problem is to find that moisture source. The mold could be originating in places that you cannot see with a naked eye.
Mold can do significant damage to the structure of your home. Since homes are made of wood, drywall, fabric, and paper – all dead, organic material – mold is likely to grow. The mold that grows within a home breaks down and damages the structure. With all of this in mind, it is a no-brainer to have a mold inspection before buying a house. Don’t buy a house just to find out it is falling apart due to mold.
If you are ready to have a mold inspection and remediation, then call the professionals at Kelley Klean. We provide both inspections and remediation for any mold problem you may have. Call Kelley Klean today for more information.