Buying a home is the smartest financial decision you will ever make. Buying a home is a complex and stressful task. In fact, it is often the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime. Don’t pass on having the home inspected. An inspection will provide you the buyer with detailed information on potential problems, the information you need to make an informed decision. Seller Inspections (pre-listing) Pre-inspections are gaining great momentum. Seller has your inspection done at listing, after all why wait until there is a real estate contract on the line to find out if there are any significant defects in the home.
A Reo Inspection is a guided and thorough inspection where the potential buyer walks through the inspection process with the inspector as he gives a verbal report. This inspection does not include a written report.
Annual Home Maintenance Inspections
Extreme changes in temperatures can cause added stress on our homes. Many people like to have their homes evaluated after winter, like an annual check. This inspection does not include a written report.
If you are here, you probably have questions about our mold inspection services. What is included, when should you get one, how much does it cost, who will perform the job, and how is the process started are all common questions that we hear from potential clients. Hopefully, at the end of this article, you will have a much better understanding of what MI&T offers and why our service is so valuable so people concerned about indoor air quality problems.
What is Included in a Mold Inspection?
Let’s start off with what is included in a mold inspection. Our basic package includes a full visual of the entire home or business with the use of tools like moisture meters and/or a thermal imaging camera. Essentially what we are looking for is red-flag areas water intrusion, building materials holding excess moisture, and possible visible mold growth. Once the visual is complete our inspector will identify their greatest area of concern. Unless you say otherwise, this will be where they will collect an inside air sample. We also must take a control sample from outside to set baseline numbers for what is acceptable in your area; this also makes our test results legally binding. Comparing these 2 air samples will let us know whether or not elevated conditions exist at your location or not. If our inspector does find problem areas like mentioned above they will recommend additional samples.
Additional samples past your initial 2 air tests are available at an extra cost, but they are completely up to you whether you want them taken or submitted or not. While the original two tests must be air; extra samples could be air, surface, or both. Our inspector will be able to give you precise details about why they would like to collect something and how it could be beneficial to you. Taking supplemental samples supplies us with extra information that we sometimes need. They help us determine if there is mold that is present but not airborne, confirm a source of a problem, or exactly how far a problem has spread. All of this data is often crucial for creating the best report possible for you.
Lab Results and Protocol for Mold Removal
After the inspection is complete, our inspector sends of all of the mold tests collected to an independent laboratory for analysis. After the lab has done their thing, they create detailed lab results that show what species of mold are present and how much of it is there. From this, we can determine whether or not elevated conditions exist in the home or not. Customers that do have elevated conditions in their home or business will be provided with a report detailing steps that need to be taken for mold removal. Customers that take all the samples recommended by our inspector will receive exact steps laying out what needs to be done to fix the problem. Clients that do not submit additional samples recommended by the inspector will receive as much information as we can possibly give. However, it is important to understand that if you have 3 different (for example) separate problem areas and the only testing you did was inside and outside samples, the report we are able to give is limited. We can offer opinions such as the problem looks to be coming from this area, here are general mold removal steps that are typically taken. For liability purposes, we can NOT say a specific wall needs to be ripped down and give exact steps that need to be taken unless we confirm that problem is, in fact, the source of the problem through testing.
Other Services We Provide
- Lead Testing
- Radon Testing
- Asbestos Testing