Mold can be very dangerous to you and your family if left untreated. It’s possible to have mold in your home and not even know it. Mold belongs to a group of organism called fungi and it can grow any place where the conditions are just right.
You can actually find mold just about anywhere you look but there are different types and strands of mold that are harmful to you and your health. Mold in small amounts won’t hurt you but there isn’t any type of mold that isn’t dangerous if it’s inhaled.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as headache, runny nose, sneezing and coughing then there is a good chance that you have been exposed to mold or you are currently living in a home that has mold in it.
Does a Seller Have to Disclose Mold?
Most states require that a home seller disclose whether or not the home has mold or not. Furthermore, it’s also required that if the home has had mold in the past and the seller had is removed then they are also required to disclose that information as well. If the seller fails to disclose that the home has mold and the purchaser finds mold in the home after the closing then the seller will be financially responsible for any cost associated with the mold removal from the home.
How Much Do Mold Inspections Cost?
The cost of the mold inspection will all depend on the size of your home, apartment or townhome.
For a small to mid-size home or apartment that is less than fifteen hundred square feet you can expect to pay between two and three hundred dollars. If your home is two to three thousand square feet then you can expect to pay between four and five hundred dollars. For a home that is over four thousand square feet then the cost goes up to about nine hundred dollars.
Keep in mind that this is just the cost for the actual inspection and doesn’t always include testing fees or cost. If the mold testing fees aren’t included in the inspection cost then you are looking to pay an additional five to six hundred dollars for the testing fees.
How Long Does a Mold Inspection Take?
In most cases you should be able to get a technician out to your location to do the inspection and testing within twenty four hours. Once they are onsite then the inspection and gathering of mold will take anywhere between two to four hours and the actual time will depend on the size of your home. Once the technician has gathered all the information and specimens he will then take it to the lab for testing. You should receive your test result within two to four business days
If I have Mold How Do I Get It Removed?
If your test results do in fact show that there is mold in your home then you will need to have it removed. If left in your home it could cause very serious health problems for you and your family. Here is where most people cringe. The cost of mold clean up isn’t cheap and in fact can cost thousands of dollars. In order for the mold remediation to take place you will probably need to leave your home until the process is over. It will probably take a full day so you might want to go and stay with a family member until the technicians are completely finished.
Once again the actual cost of to remove the mold from your home will depend on the size of your home and just how far the mold has spread but you can expect to pay anywhere from fifteen hundred dollars up to five thousand dollars.
This is a large sum of money and not everyone will have the money just lying around to spend. If you own your home you can always file a claim with your homeowners insurance to help with the money out of your pocket. If you rent your home then your landlord is legally liable and responsible for all of the cost associated with removing the mold from your home.
The most important thing to remember is that you can’t just let your mold issue go. It has to be addressed because the health risks are far greater than the cost to get of the mold in your home. It might be a little stressful but you will be glad that you had it done.