A Beginners Guide To Hiring A Mold Inspector
Before moving into a new home, it is essential to check for mold, especially in areas where there are damp walls, floors, and ceilings. Its presence does not only affect your home’s integrity but can also affect your health if not removed immediately. Prolonged exposure to mold contamination can lead to flu and cold symptoms like watery eyes, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and even upper respiratory congestion among other issues.
As more people grow aware of the impacts of mold infestations on their health, and the health of their loved ones, the more essential home inspections become for home buyers and new parents. Unfortunately, in an attempt to get rid of their mold quickly, many people hire an inspector without qualifying them.
If you aren’t careful when choosing a mold inspector, you could end up with an unsuitable person for the job, which could lead to a waste of money and poor services that take too long to complete. To prevent you from falling for the wrong professionals, Baystate Mold Advisors has prepared a Beginners Guide to hiring a mold inspector. This guide will teach you how to find the best person for the job.
Look for professionals: You will need to start by searching the internet for expert mold inspectors near you. Only a specialist will have the knowledge and equipment to find the mold and have suggestions on what and how to deal with it. So, read their websites to find information related to these aspects.
Shortlist the ones with the best reviews: Try looking for inspectors you’ve listed on rating sites like Angie’s List or Home Advisor and check their ratings and reviews. You can also do a Google search for review and rating websites to see what pops up.
Check accreditation: After finding the best mold inspectors according to reviews online, go to the Better Business Bureau website and see if they are accredited or have complaints lodged against them by existing clients.
Look for signs of professionalism: A professional mold inspector should be just that, a professional. Do they arrive wearing a uniform or with a logo on their clothing or vehicle? Do they have the basic requirements like a moisture meter, bright flashlight, air sampler, tape lift, and swabs for sampling? Can they provide proof of training? Do they have any professional association memberships, like with NORMI.org?
Background checks: Do not make the mistake of not verifying the inspector. Check if they are certified or trained. Make sure they are registered with the state and have liability insurance.
Advice From The Pros
Check with realtors: You could check with realtors about whom they use for inspections. Realtors deal with many homes and often know great home inspectors and mold professionals. The Chamber of Commerce often deals with local businesses and would be able to direct you to a professional who has a legit business in the community.
Know when a mold inspection is required: If your property is wet or damp, has a musty odor, get it dry ASAP! Then you can take your time and get the right person or company for your needs.
Consider more than one inspector: Don’t take the first smooth talker who calls you back. Do your background check(s) and verify. Ask if they offer free consults and how much an inspection costs and what it would include.
At Baystate Mold Advisors, our goal is to exceed your expectations. As the go-to experts in Brockton and Cohasset, MA for mold Inspection and air quality testing, we make sure all your worries are addressed, and your needs are met with the right solutions. To maintain industry standards, we’re trained every year in air quality testing. We also follow the guidelines of the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI) as members. We specialize in various home inspection services and provide remedies too. Visit our website to learn more or contact Baystate Mold Advisors today.