How This New Trend In Home Inspection Could Help You
The home inspection industry has undergone tremendous changes over the years. Earlier, home inspection services were limited to reviews of the structural components of the house. This would typically include inspecting roofs, walls, basements, the HVAC system, etc.
However, in recent times, services such as air quality and mold testing have become increasingly popular. This trend seems to have emerged as a result of the studies conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Based on surveys carried out, the EPA has found that the indoor level of pollutants is two to five times higher than outdoor pollutants. As poor indoor air quality can cause serious health problems, people have begun asking home inspectors to also carry out air quality and mold testing.
With an average American spending ninety perfect of their time indoors, mold testing will be especially beneficial in New York along with a few other states where they passed mandates to make them necessary in certain circumstances. This trend adds a new service to the home inspection field and is expected to last for a long time.
Apart from ensuring a healthy environment, air quality or mold testing will protect those who are sensitive to allergens and mold. A mold test is also incredibly advantageous to new homebuyers as it gives them the upper hand in negotiations.
The only con with this trend is that the testing will double the price of a home inspection. As a standard home inspection does not typically include a mold inspection, if a home inspector finds signs of mold, they may offer air quality and mold testing as add-on services. As these services come with separate charges, customers might shy away from getting an inspection altogether.
Unfortunately, by skipping a home inspection and subsequent air quality and mold testing, you may save a couple of dollars, but put your health and the health of your loved ones at risk. If you’re unsure about the air quality of your home or need an inspection carried out, reach out to Tri State Home Inspection.
As an InterNACHI-certified home inspector based in Brooklyn, NY, we focus on detailed home inspections and strive to keep the indoor air quality of your home or office in the best possible condition. We specialize in providing comprehensive home, building, and co-op inspections along with termite inspection reports and radon testing services.