When you’re purchasing a new home, you have about a thousand different things to consider. You have your wish list of things to find in a house, you’re thinking about packing, and you are trying to get all your financials in order. You have picked a house you love, and you’re ready to keep moving forward. However, before you finalize the purchase, you may want to consider getting mold testing in addition to your regular home inspection.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the presence of mold can cause minor to significant health concerns. Some common complaints of people living in a home with mold include:
- Fever-like conditions
- Itchy eyes, nose, and throat
- Runny nose
- Irritation to eyes, nose, throat, and lungs of both allergic and non-allergic people
- Asthma attacks
- More severe allergic reaction for those who have pre-existing allergies
Your best bet to avoid exposing yourself or your family to mold is to have a house tested prior to moving in, especially if the house shows some tell-tale signs of mold. You can opt to have mold testing done in addition to the regular home inspection.
A mold inspection takes a more in-depth look at the moisture and molds present in the home. Our team at Wall 2 Wall Property Inspections has specialized equipment that takes air samples and then sends them to a lab to be analyzed. Then, we send you back a detailed report of the results. This report can help you decide whether to proceed with the purchase of the San Jose home or attempt to renegotiate the terms of your contract with the sellers.
When it comes to buying a home, knowledge is power, and mold testing can both arm you with information and help you protect your family and your investment. To find out more or to schedule a mold inspection with Wall 2 Wall, contact us today at (408) 905-9255.
By Martin Grube (This image is from the FEMA Photo Library.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons