Do you need a mold inspection when purchasing a home? – Advanced Mold Diagnostics
Whenever surveys are conducted to find out why people purchase a home, two reasons consistently make the top five:
1) To provide a safe and secure environment for children and other family members
2) To be able to take control of the living environment
Obviously, no one wants to buy a house that is an unsafe place to live. Home buyers routinely purchase a basic home inspection and termite inspection as a prerequisite to a purchase. Should they also get a mold inspection?
Some say, “Mold is everywhere. Why be concerned about it?” While mold is present everywhere (to some degree), high humidity and inadequate ventilation can lead to dangerous levels of airborne mold, exposure to which can cause allergic reactions and respiratory irritations. In rare occasions, mold can even lead to respiratory infections. Symptoms of mold exposure can include:
- Runny nose
- Red, itchy, or watery eyes
- Cough and throat irritation
Infants and elderly are more likely to suffer from these symptoms as a result of mold, as are adults and children who suffer from allergies, asthma or a compromised immune system. Unfortunately, symptoms don’t come with a sign saying, “This is from mold.” Families can spend a lot of time and money to find out what’s wrong. Why not diagnose the problem and cure it before it makes members of your family sick?
Mold Testing Kits available from home improvement stores have been met with mixed reviews. There are serious questions about whether or not they paint an accurate picture. That’s what a mold inspection conducted by a Certified Mold Remediator is for. A properly conducted mold inspection might tell you that there is no problem. Or, it could tell you that there is a problem, the extent of the problem, and what you need to do about it.
Regardless of the result, you will be able to make an informed decision and proceed with peace of mind.