Feb. 25, 2023 The importance of inspecting for mold and radon when buying a new home

When embarking upon the home buying process, it is important to conduct a thorough inspection of the property. This entails examining both the interior and exterior of a home. Before closing on a new property, you should be sure to inspect for two potentially hazardous substances: mold and radon gas.  

Inspecting for Mold

Mold can cause serious health issues such as allergies and respiratory problems. A qualified inspector should take samples to test for mold in your potential new home before you purchase it. If detected, they can provide recommendations on how to remediate the situation before you move in if possible.

Testing for Radon Gas

Radon gas is an invisible, odorless gas that can seep through cracks in walls and into basements of homes without proper ventilation systems or air conditioning systems. It is one of the leading causes of lung cancer and should be tested for with an electronic testing device before signing any papers. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends mitigation if levels exceed 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L).

Hiring Inspectors

You should look for experienced licensed contractors who have specialized experience in inspecting properties for mold and radon gas, as well as general structural flaws. They will usually provide detailed reports listing their findings so that you can make an informed decision when deciding whether or not to buy a new home.  

Mitigating Issues

It’s important to be aware that if any issues are found during the inspection, they must be addressed before finalizing a purchase agreement with a seller. Any required repairs must be negotiated with the seller in order for them to cover all associated costs or offer up compensation through discounted prices or credits from proceeds from escrow accounts after closing on the property.

Making an Informed Decision

It goes without saying that protecting your health and financial interests by conducting thorough inspections are essential when purchasing a new property. Therefore, it’s worth investing some time and money into having professionals do these inspections beforehand so that you know exactly what kind of condition your future home is in prior to signing off on any documents binding you legally to its purchase.