When it comes to having mold removed from your home, one of the things you’ll need to consider is the remediation cost. Of course, the safety and health of your family (there are 7 good ways to know if a mold is dangerous) is more important than the price you’ll have to pay to remove the mold, but it’s still a good idea to be aware of how much something might cost you. If the area is a small one (we’ve got 5 tips for fighting a small infestation), you can remove the mold yourself with just a few dollars worth of cleaning supplies. If you’re concerned about breathing the spores, you can get a respirator, and you’ll still only have spent around $120 to $150.
When The Job Is Too Big
For large areas, though, you’ll need specialists. The remediation cost will be much different if you have someone do it for you, but big areas can’t be handled very easily be a homeowner, so it may be worth posting a few jobs on Gumtree (in the UK) or Craiglist (in the US) for this and see what responses you get. One of the things a mold remediation specialist can do is clean areas like the crawlspace under your home and the ductwork in the walls and attic. Mold spores that get into your heating and cooling system can just get recirculated through your home, continuing to make you sick even if you’ve cleaned up the area where you originally found the mold.
“Alright, so what can it cost?”
The remediation cost of a crawlspace can really vary. It could average as little as $500 or as much as $4,000. If the attic and wall ducts are involved, the cost for those generally ranges from $2,000 to $6,000. If your home has been flooded and the mold is all throughout it, there is much more that has to be done. This could drive your remediation cost up to $10,000 to $30,000 – and it could even go higher, depending on the size of your home.
Remember Insurance Considerations
When you’re considering insurance, make sure you get something that will cover at least part of the remediation cost if you live in a flood zone (we’ve got some tips on handling water damage claims). Most consumers don’t have that kind of money to spend out of pocket, and you probably don’t, either. Even though you’ll have an idea of how much something should cost, be sure to shop around. The first company you find might not be the best one for your needs. The price may be different, and you also have to pay attention to the credentials.
Look For Experienced Remediators
You want people who’ve been removing mold (especially black mold) for a while, not new people who aren’t sure about the job. You’ll also want to see if there is some kind of guarantee offered – and there should be. You don’t want to find out that the people didn’t do their jobs properly and the mold has come back, only to be told that there is nothing that can be done until you pay more money.
When you find a company where you feel comfortable with the people, the work ethic, the guarantee, and the remediation cost that fit with your personal finances, you’ll be able to get the mold removed from your home and you and your family can get back to enjoying your lives. You’ll be much healthier, and your home will be a safer place to be.