Purchasing a home?! Don’t forget to schedule your mold inspection.

By Mold Specialist

June 26, 2021

Buying a property necessitates extensive research and resources to guarantee that you are making a wise investment. The housing market can be dangerous since no one can predict all of the difficulties that may arise in the future. Although it is a fact of homeownership that some repairs will be required over time and that continuing upkeep is a necessary, most people reduce the element of surprise when purchasing a home by hiring a home inspector to assess the property.


While a house inspection is important and sometimes required in order to secure financing from your lender, it may not be sufficient to assure that you are making a decent purchase. When performing a home inspection, the home inspector normally ignores any mold issues or the likelihood of future mold growth. To shield themselves from future liability, many house inspectors specifically remove mold from their contracts. This implies that if mold or moisture issues aren’t treated or covered during the buying process, your dream property could turn into a nightmare.


Think about hiring a mold expert.

Mold is unlikely to cause major structural damage to a home on its own, but the circumstances that allow mold to grow can lead to other evident structural issues like wood rot. This can sometimes imply that surface mold development can be readily concealed. It’s difficult to believe that someone would conceal a known problem, yet it does happen. A seller’s disclosure should disclose any known mold issues, but demonstrating that a seller was aware of mold in their house and that it constituted a health hazard can be difficult and costly after the deal is closed. Getting a Mold Specialist’s assessment on a potential property before you buy it could be a good idea, especially if you have health issues or allergies that make you more susceptible to mold.


Mold may be an issue in any home, whether it is new or old. Water damage occurrences such as the bathtub overflowing or sump pumps failing are common in older homes due to years of use. Moisture control concerns in newly constructed homes are common, which can lead to mold growth on structural framing or other components. A mold expert is the best person to identify potential problems and tell you how much, if any, apparent mold damage there is. Identifying what is typical or acceptable mold in a home may be a difficult endeavor, one that frequently takes a bit more experience and information than the ordinary house inspector, realtor, or friend can provide.


Things to keep an eye out for.

While a mold inspection for your soon-to-be house may be something you decide to conduct before closing the sale, you can rule out a lot of concerns and even a few properties by following the guidelines below.


Homes with musty scents should be avoided. Mold creates volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which your nose perceives as a “musty” odor. If a house smells musty or “mildewy,” there’s most certainly a mold source someplace. The greater the musty odor, the more likely there is a major or active mold infestation.


Examine the area for signs of sloppy cleaning. Moisture, a food source, and warmth are all necessary for mold to thrive. Even if things are kept generally dry, all of these elements are frequently found in homes. Mold is more prone to spread throughout the home when dust and filth are allowed to accumulate on interior surfaces and items. Keep an eye out for window casings, beneath the refrigerator, and under large pieces of furniture. Mold and other allergies are more likely to be present if there is a lot of accumulated dirt or dust.


Look for signs of previous water issues. To see what you can locate, turn on the faucet and open the cabinet where the facet runs. Don’t be bashful; this may be your future home. Swollen baseboards, wet spots and stains, and bent and buckling floors are all things to look for. Water damage is almost never undetectable. Water problems in the past aren’t usually indicative of a mold problem, although they might be.


Homes that smell overly clean or have strong aromas should be avoided. To boost the value of their home, some homeowners may perform modest and quick touch-ups. If a basement smells heavily of bleach or the air has a strong flowery scent, it might be that the seller is simply putting their best foot forward or that they are attempting to conceal an odor problem.


Don’t be fooled by the new finishes. Renovations are frequently required while preparing a home for sale. Look deeper to discover if there are underlying concerns or if the workmanship is questionable if every wall has been freshly painted and there is new flooring throughout. Look in corners, inside closets, under cabinets, and wherever else you can’t get to. Legitimate renovators will not purposefully leave problems unsolved, but it’s generally simple to recognize a home where corners have been cut, and the odds of a hidden problem are higher.


While these recommendations should not be used in place of a regular home inspection or a mold specialist assessing the home you are buying, they will help you limit down your options. If you have any concerns or would like to schedule an inspection for your potential new home, Indiana Mold Remediation is ready to help.