It takes a lot of things in order to live healthily, and one of the most important aspects is to have a healthy living environment. We know it’s pretty obvious, but that’s why proper cleaning and an adherence to hygiene really matters, even more so than having a place that looks good. In order to achieve that, you need to clean regularly and have preventative maintenance done, such as regular mold inspections.
That’s easy enough, right? You either jump online or grab your Yellow Pages, book an appointment with the first mold inspector you find, and you’ll be assured of getting excellent service and wonderful results, all at a reasonable price. Well…it doesn’t quite work like that. Just like any other type of business, there are companies you’d be delighted to work with, and then there are the less desirable ones. Read on for a few tips to help you choose the right mold inspector.
- First, remember that not everyone has the same kinds of problems with mold. Some people are strictly taking precautions by having an inspection done. Others have had recurring issues, and they’re praying the problem is gone. The wise choice is to pick a company that handles numerous issues, inspections to let you know what your situation looks like, and eradication to get rid of mold once and for all.
- What a company does is important, but how it does it is just as important. Specifically, the company you consider ought to have access to the latest equipment. They should have testing equipment for moisture testing, air quality testing, HVAC reports, leak testing, and microbiological testing. Once the inspection is concluded, you should expect to receive a report laying out how serious the mold situation is and what can be done to resolve it.
- Next, it’s important to find a company that’s been in business for a while and has a proven track record. If an inspector has been on the job for a long period of time, they likely have gained the experience to recognize a number of different issues and have a number of solutions. You’ll also want to ask if the company is licensed and if their employees hold certifications for providing mold inspection services.
- Take the time to do a little bit of research about the company. Start by asking the opinions of people you trust, like friends and family. Word of mouth tends to be both powerful and honest. Also, do some checking online. Review sites are a great way of getting an idea of what kind of company they really are. While we all know that some people can complain about virtually everything, look at reviews and look to see if you notice patterns. If the same kinds of complaints keep coming up, there’s probably something legitimate going on.
- Finally, there’s cost. We get it, most people want the best service for the least amount of money. But there’s a big risk that you’ll truly get what you pay for. A good rule of thumb is to call around to a half-dozen companies and ask them about pricing. That should give you an idea of what the average cost is for mold inspection services.