As your search for a new home begins, it is important to have a mold inspection checklist before buying. The last thing you need in a new home is someone else’s problem, especially if it’s a mold problem. You look in the corners of rooms, you look inside cabinets, and you can’t see any mold. So it’s probably not in the home, right? Mold is not always that easy to detect, especially just by looking. If the mold happens to be located inside walls, under floors, or behind bathroom ceramic tile, just looking will not guarantee you that it isn’t present. You need to do a thorough mold inspection BEFORE you make an offer on a house.
Mold is a fungus, not dust or dirt. Molds come in all kinds of different colors (black, white, green, yellow, blue, and on, and on), but what you need to know is that you don’t want them in a home that you are considering buying. Not all molds are toxic but they can release by-products known as mycotoxins that can cause rashes, unusual bleeding, respiratory issues, seizures, or even extreme fatigue in individuals that have a sensitivity to them.
Common categories of people that are recognized as “at risk” to mold exposure include seniors (citizens that is, not high school students, whose immune systems are not as strong as they used to be), young children whose immune systems aren’t fully developed yet, pregnant women, and individuals who have a weakened immune system, like cancer patients or people taking medications that suppress their immune system.
When you start visiting houses you are interested in, think about the fact that mold thrives in dark, damp areas. In order to detect the presence of any visible mold you will probably need some additional light. Make sure you take a flashlight with you. That way you will be able to peek into those dark corners and tucked away spaces, like closets and beneath stairwells.
The Home’s Exterior
The Home’s Interior Walls and Ceilings
Bathrooms should be given special attention on your mold inspection checklist before buying a home:
The attention you have given to inspecting bathrooms should be repeated in the kitchen:
In order to be a smart homebuyer, you should approach any potential home purchase by using a mold inspection checklist before buying the home. This list should not replace a qualified home inspector, but it’s use will give you a better overall idea of the condition of the home you are thinking of purchasing and help you to determine if the home is worth further consideration.
If you are looking at a home and you see large amounts of visible mold, unless it is a spectacular deal, walk away. There are other homes for sale and you really don’t need the problems surrounding mold infestations. However, no home is perfect. Minor issues can be safely and effectively dealt with by contacting a qualified mold remediation specialist. Just do it BEFORE you buy or make an offer on a house.
There are mold testing professionals, only one click away, that are certified and pre-screened, who will come to your home and access any mold issue you may have. They will investigate the situation and give you an unbiased report about mold conditions in the home you are considering purchasing. Going over a MOLD INSPECTION CHECKLIST…BEFORE YOU BUY is a smarter way to purchase a home.
Written by Mark Huey.