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Why Would I Need a Mold Inspection?

If you are in the process of purchasing a home, then you are probably aware of the myriad of steps that you must go through before reaching the day you close. Your broker or realtor may have already informed you of the necessity for a pre purchase inspection. The purpose of a pre purchase inspection is to identify any potential serious defects in the home. The possible defects could range from roof damage, plumbing issues, or even electrical problems. At this point in the home purchasing process, you could still choose another home in the unlikely event that a major problem with your original choice was detected during inspection. One issue that you will definitely want to have your inspector perform is a mold inspection.

Mold Inspections

One main reason why you need a mold inspection is because if there is any presence of mold, then this could signify a leak. In addition, the mold could possibly exacerbate allergies and asthma in individuals with pre-existing problems, and it could even cause new allergies to form in those with weakened immune systems. No one wants to purchase a home with mold growing throughout it, whether due to a leaky roof or some other issue. There are rare cases where a home buyer is aware of the mold problem and is willing to accept a home requiring such a potentially troublesome problem. Of course it is totally different when a home buyer is purchasing a fix-upper and they are expecting there to be major repairs that need to be taken care of. If the home inspector that you hire identifies a problem with mold, then you can have him or her probe further in order to identify the source of the mold. This might require a special inspector who specializes in locating and identifying types and causes of mold, however, because most home inspectors simply look for general problems.

Black Mold

Another reason for mold inspections is to determine if your perspective home contains any type of black mold. Black mold is a great deal more dangerous than your average, everyday mold, as it can lead to severe respiratory problems, allergies, pneumonia,chronic cough and more. In extreme cases, black mold can even cause bleeding into the nose and lungs, and it has been implicated in the possible death in a couple cases.

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So as you can see, house inspections are very important for people in the process of purchasing a new home. Most house inspections include mold detection on their checklist, since homes are so susceptible to developing mold due to water leaks or high humidity. Since mold can negatively affect your health, it is very important that the source of the problem be identified and corrected ahead of time. If mold has been identified in your dream home during the pre purchase inspection, there is no reason to fret and automatically think that you must choose another home. The mold problem can be investigated, and if it’s found to be an easy fix, then you might still be willing to purchase it. The seller might even be willing to have the mold problem taken care of, as part of a contingency offer, which would prevent you from having to contend with it after closing.

Sarah is a small business owner, and is currently learning about pest control, using the internet. Aside from working on her own business, she likes to use social media, and read travel books. 

Further Recommended Reading:

Black Mold: The Definitive Guide

Real Estate Transactions and Failure to Disclose

Symptoms of Mold Exposure & Who is Most At Risk

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