Real Estate Transaction Mold Inspection Issues and Solutions
Real Estate Deal-Killers:
- Bad Science kills sales. Bad Inspectors scare buyers, then mold stigma sticks with property.
- Poor remediation or cover-ups. Colored sealer coating in attic -- tan “paint” in Chicago suburbs ended two sales where we inspected for buyer. There was no way to prove remediation was performed or if paint was just slopped over cracked roof plywood sheeting.
- Not using reputable, professional, well-trained remediator that wants an industrial hygienist involved for quality assurance (QA) for post-remediation inspection and sampling.
- Professionalism, Qualifications, and ACAC Certifications are paramount in situation.
- After proper remediation of an attic, it actually can add value to the home since the fungicidal sealers will make it more mold resistant than raw wood to future incidents.
- Documentation by remediator and scientist/hygienist which can be presented to buyer for disclosure due diligence.
The main goal is to preserve the sale.
Often home inspector reports are the first indication of a possible mold problem. Unless the home inspector has some type of field investigative certification held by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) such as CIEC and CETC they are not qualified to determine the presence or absence of mold, if mold-related occupancy issues exist, or if remediation necessary. Clean Air Sciences, Inc. personnel are qualified and ACAC-certified. Follow these link icons for more information.