You found the house of your dreams. The sellers accepted your offer. But you suspect a mold problem, or you have a mold illness. Now what?! Well, the majority of home buyers will turn to a mold inspector to determine whether or not this home is, in fact, so dreamy. In most contracts, the buyers will have a certain amount of time (usually 17 days) to bring a mold inspector into the property and negotiate the contract based on their findings. The mold inspection is one of the most important steps you can take to make sure your new home is, not only a safe place for your family, but also a sound investment.
Of course, the mold inspection process can be quite stressful for buyers and sellers alike. But, as a buyer, if you do your research and hire an ACAC Certified mold inspector http://www.acac.org that knows his or her stuff – and, read this article on the five biggest mistakes buyers make during the mold inspection process – you can ultimately avoid buying an unhealthy home and learn how to make it healthy before you buy it.
NOT HAVING NEW CONSTRUCTION
INSPECTED FOR MOLD
The house is brand spanking new. What in the world could be wrong with it? Why would you even think of spending $400 bucks to have a mold Inspector inspect it? Well, because new construction may be new….but, nothing is perfect.
Homebuyers are notorious for making the mistake of not having new construction inspected. Most assume that it must be in good shape in order to pass all local ordinances and codes. Well, unfortunately that is sometimes not the case.
So, what am I trying to get across here? Please don’t assume your builder- or the contractors – built everything right just because the home passed code.
MISTAKE NO. 2: CHOOSING THE WRONG
You know that friend of your friend’s that just got his mold inspection training and is going to cut you a deal? Well, even I like to save a buck or two – but, when it comes to such a huge investment as purchasing a home, you need a trustworthy ACAC Certified MOLD professional. You want to choose someone who knows what they are doing and have good reviews to back up their work.
Don’t just go with your Realtor’s preferred mold inspector. That could start to become a conflict of interest. I recommend doing your own research. The most well-known associations is the American Council for Accredited Certification; http://www.acac.org. Their mold certifications are nationally accredited, and require that their inspectors only inspect, rather than remediate; to avoid bias findings.
MISTAKE NO. 3: NOT BEING THERE FOR
THE MOLD INSPECTION
This way, instead of trying to make sense of the written report you get from the inspector – you have a chance to see the issues he discovered first hand.
From experience, I can tell you that those written reports can either make a small issue look huge, or a huge issue look small. So, make sure you are able to understand the issue clearly by seeing it with your own two eyes.
MISTAKE NO. 4: NOT TAKING THE MOLD
INSPECTOR’S RECOMMENDATIONS SERIOUSLY
It is the job of the buyer’s agent to negotiate and come up with a resolution when it comes to addressing the issues found in a MOLD inspection report. But, sometimes, these issues are swept under the rug during negotiations. In this case, buyers don’t follow up on items discovered in the mold inspection before they close on the property. All mold issues, big or small, should be taken into consideration before investing in the property.
On that note, I also recommend bringing in ACAC Certified mold remediation experts recommended in your mold inspection report, to address specific issues found by the inspector. These contractors will give you a FREE estimate – sometimes all you have to do is ask. The golden rule here: it’s better to be safe than sorry.