Need Mold Removal? Here are Some Tips for Hiring a Contractor

Testing for mold in the home is not usually part of an owner’s routine . Usually, it is just called for when there are already telltale signs such as a musky odor or sudden allergies or illnesses on the part of the occupants . The presence of mold needs to be taken care of immediately because it can be both a health and structural danger . Molds in the home are usually caused by improper ventilation or the accumulation of moisture in the property.


The services of a mold remediation specialist need to be availed of in circumstances of mold infestation so the actual cause of the problem is determined and addressed. Fortunately, there are a variety of companies that specialize in mold removal. Almost every community has plenty of options to choose from. To weed out the good from the bad, there are several guidelines that property owners can follow.


One of the most basic requirements of a mold removal contractor is the proper licenses with the right agencies. These function not just to certify that the team is qualified for the job, but also acts as extra protection for the company’s clients. It would be easier to to use a licensed contractor than deal with any issues that could arise from an unlicensed one .  IICRC certifications and memberships to SCRT, RIA and IAQA can give you added peace of mind.


The contractor should also be able to provide an extensive and thorough range of services. This includes a written report of the problems discovered during inspection as well as recommendations on how to repair it. Also, the job of a mold removal contractor does not end with the actual cleanup. It is also their responsibility to put the house in order after they remove the mold. In addition to this, they should offer and honor any warranties to the project.


Just like with any business transaction, you may not want to just go with the first offer. Property owners should get three quotations from different companies to find a reference point on what to expect. Any company that offers a price that is significantly different from the others should be treated warily . The old adage on things that are too good to be true is applicable even in the case of hiring a mold removal contractor.

About the author

Sherry Fields Sherry Fields has been working in real estate since 2002. Working with the development team for the Hilton Garden Inn gave her strategic information on the commercial real estate market in Missoula. Broadening her scope she moved into the residential market and earned the designation SFR in short sales and foreclosures. Currently affiliated with Prudential Montana Real Estate, she works with both buyers and sellers "building relationships so you can buy & sell with confidence". Sherry Fields has recently earned the CREN designation - Certified Real Estate Negotiator. While price is a large part of negotiation - it is also about timing everything from the closing date to inspections, appraisals, home insurance - and it is about negotiating items that can show up in home inspections to achieve a mutually acceptable outcome.

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