Mold Inspection: How Much Does it Cost? – Mold Inspection Monmouth
Mold Inspection: How Much Does it Cost?
If you suspect you have mold in your home or place of business, you may consider hiring a mold inspection company to handle the job. You may be wondering how much it all costs, though, and whether it can fit in your budget. Overall costs will vary, depending on the size, nature, and extent of the problem. That means prices can be all over the board – from as low as a few hundred bucks to as high as a few thousand.
You may even find companies that offer free mold inspections. However, just be aware they will likely charge you for removing it.
Mold Inspection vs. Removal
First off, it’s necessary to understand exactly what you’re getting for your money. Mold inspection is a bit different than mold remediation or removal. With an inspection, the professionals test the area to determine the presence of mold growth. You may be asked about the history of the building and any health symptoms experienced by occupants. These professionals will provide detailed testing procedures and inspections to make their diagnosis. Not all mold inspection companies provide removal of the mold once found, though. They will, however, refer you to a reputable company in the area that does.
Assessing Price Tags
As said above, costs run the gamut from cheap to expensive. According to Home Advisor, the average national cost for mold testing is $770, with $150 on the low end and $3,000 on the high end. Average costs settle somewhere in the middle, between $307 and $1,234.
No matter what price you’re quoted, be sure to ask about any additional fees on top of that base rate, such as for paperwork filing for an insurance claim. Also, if you require specific documentation, such as for a home sale, ask if it is included in the quote you were given. Remember, you get what you pay for, so if you are quoted a rock-bottom price and the technicians spend 20 minutes in your house before leaving, consider this a red flag.
A comprehensive mold inspection of a typical home will take between two and five hours. The inspector will perform a visual inspection of the home, taking air samples (spore trap) and/or surface samples such as:
- Bulk samples: A piece of the sampled area is removed and sent for testing.
- Swab samples: A cotton swab rubbed over the affected area is sent for testing at the lab.
- Tape samples: Clear tape is pressed against the area to pick up mold spores for analysis.
Any company that rushes through this process, doesn’t take the necessary safety precautions, or fails to be upfront with all your questions is probably not a company you want to deal with.
Bottom line is, yes, cost is certainly a main factor when choosing the right mold inspection company for you, but it shouldn’t be the only one. You should also research the company itself thoroughly to find out how many years it has been in business, their track record in the community, reviews, certifications, and licensure.
For peace of mind in mold inspections throughout New Jersey, contact Stock Environmental Consulting today at 732-383-5190.