Would you like to make the sale
of a house proceed more smoothly? While suggesting
cosmetic improvements to your sellers is helpful,
you may also want to recommend a mold inspection.
Determining if a home has a mold problem before it
goes on the market can save everyone time, money and
the possibility that the sale may be delayed while
waiting for an inspection. If there has been a history
of water intrusion, roof leaks or high humidity in
a basement it is a good decision to have the home
inspected before it gets listed. The public has become
increasingly aware of “toxic mold” and
“black mold” in the last few years. If
a home inspector sees evidence of moisture or potential
mold growth, everything can come to a halt with the
real estate process. The information in the GML reports
can ease the minds of both sellers and buyers and
keep the process moving forward.
GML offers a “Basic” inspection, which
includes laboratory results and a comprehensive, written
report generally within 2-3 business days. This inspection
includes a visual inspection and one surface sample
collected of suspected mold to confirm and document
its presence. We are able to provide recommendations
at the time of the inspection so everyone has an understanding
of the problem and necessary actions to mitigate it.
A more comprehensive, or “Full” inspection
may include indoor air quality samples, surface samples,
and wall/ceiling cavity samples when applicable (ie:
walls or ceilings affected by a roof or pipe leak).
Verbal laboratory results are available in 7 days
with a more detailed, extensive report being sent
out by email, fax and mailed 10-14 days from the date
of inspection. Clearly, the “Full” inspection
provides more information regarding a potential mold
problem and its severity. If given enough time, the
seller can have the initial inspection, remediation
and “Clearance” testing completed all
before the house goes on the market. A “Full”
inspection will answer many questions for potential
buyers and take away the surprise factor of finding
mold that no one was aware of in the home. A “Clearance”
inspection will hopefully confirm the success of mold
remediation so there is a “clean bill of health”
for the affected areas.
By being pro-active and suggesting a mold inspection
before the house goes on the market you will expedite
the entire process of selling a property.