While collecting samples on your own for mold may be less costly than hiring a professional experienced mold inspector, you will not be able to collect samples from all of the locations where mold is potentially growing. Mold inspectors are aware of current guidelines and practices for testing for mold, including mold that can be hidden within the walls, in your attic, or in your basement. It is important to keep in mind that mold does occur naturally, and only a professional can determine if the indoor levels of mold detected exceed normal levels.
If you previously had mold detected, when you sell your home you legally maybe required to disclose this information. You should expect that some buyers may be concerned to see that you previously had a problem, and that may affect their purchase decision or the price that they offer. After having the mold removed, you will want to contact a professional mold inspector to evaluate the remediation process so that you can provide documentation that your home was examined and found to be free of the mold problem. Having proof that your home was independently and professionally inspected goes a long way toward making potential buyers feel comfortable with purchasing your home.
In addition to preparing for a real estate transaction, there are many other reasons homeowners should contact mold inspectors. You should call a mold inspector if you notice any of the following:
A qualified mold inspector will come to your home and test many areas for mold including floors, walls, ceilings, attics, basements, wall cavities, rugs, and the air. If excessive mold is identified, you will likely need to hire a mold remediation company to have the mold completely and safely removed. After remediation, it is recommended that you have your home inspected a second time to make sure that remediation was successful.