Mold is everywhere, but what do we know about it? Mold loves moisture. In your home, it could be found around leaky or flooded areas. It can grow on a variety of surfaces such as wood, ceiling tile, and paper. You may or may not detect noticeable signs of mold in your home. However, these signs may include:
- Strange odors: Mold has a pungent smell. It can live within walls or behind wallpaper.
- Discoloration: Mold may appear black, white, gray, green, red or blue.
- Change in health: According to the CDC, exposure to mold can cause respiratory problems in otherwise healthy people.
That’s a pretty extensive list! Where should you start to determine if you have a mold issue in your home? Consider getting an Air Quality Mold Screening (AQMS) it’s the most comprehensive test on the market. It tests the concentration of mold spores in your home’s air and identifies the type. It also can identify allergens. An AQMS can determine if you have a mold problem even if you can’t find the mold.
Whether you are buying a home or currently living in your dream house, mold is something that you should take seriously.
For your clients buying a home could be the largest single investment they will make. To minimize any surprises or difficulties, you should recommend a home inspection.
A home inspection will help your clients to learn as much as they can about their dream house before purchasing it. Inspections can identify the need for major repairs, pinpoint builder oversights, or address maintenance problems within the home. For you as an agent, it will provide valuable information to use during negotiations.
What can you expect? A home inspection is an examination of a home by a certified inspector who will examine both interior and exterior elements including the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.
Specifically this includes:
- The heating system.
- The central air conditioning system (temperature permitting).
- Interior plumbing and electrical system.
- The roof, attic and visible insulation.
- Walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors.
A good home inspector will take time to answer questions during the inspection and once the report is received. Many agents attend the inspection with their clients. Many companies (including ours) supply a report after the inspection that is filled with pictures and narratives highlighting what areas of the home are considered acceptable, marginal, or defective.
For further information about what is and what is not included in a home inspection, check out https://www.nachi.org/sop.htm
The bottom line…home inspections are a win-win for all parties involved!