The fact is that the real estate agent is potentially an inch away from earning a big commission check, and really just has one requirement of the home inspector: "Don't blow the deal!"
Plainsboro, NJ (PRWEB) June 18, 2014
Jason Earle, CEO of 1-800-GOT-MOLD? LLC and a nationally recognized healthy home expert, cautioned home buyers to be aware of who they're hiring for that crucial home inspection. Not all home inspectors are good at finding potential mold problems, he said, and some have conflicts of interest.
Earle also published a short list of common building defects that are largely overlooked by inspectors, but which can indicate a mold problem.
"Buying a house is a big commitment, and the process is one that's often fraught with anxiety," Earle said.
"You can go down the checklist and feel like you've covered all the bases, but it's the things that aren't even on your checklist, or your home inspector's, or your real estate agent's, that you ought to be most concerned about. Unfortunately, these lessons are often learned the hard way, but that doesn't have to be the case."
There are a few important things a home buyer should ask himself or herself when considering the purchase of a home, he said:
"Was your home inspector referred to you by your real estate agent or mortgage broker? Do you see how that could be a problem? The fact is that the real estate agent is potentially an inch away from earning a big commission check, and really just has one requirement of the home inspector: 'Don't blow the deal!'
"Does the house have a crawlspace or finished basement? If so, it's a near certainty that this home has, or soon will have, a mold problem."
"Is there a ventilation problem in the attic? It's more common than you think, and yes, mold can grow in attics."
"If the house has a mold problem, should the inspection company also be in the business of remediation? What if there is no mold problem, but the inspector/remediator says there is?"
Earle explains these issues in detail in a blog he published on Huffington Post to help home buyers avoid common home inspection pitfalls. You can find the full article here.
"One of the most critical parts of the home buying process is knowing that you're getting unbiased advice, free of ulterior motives and conflicts of interest," he said. "Unless you know what to ask - and whom to ask - that's much easier said than done."
1-800-GOT-MOLD? is an environmental consulting firm with offices in New Jersey and Manhattan that specializes in mold testing, mold inspections, mold remediation consulting, environmental home assessments and building science evaluations in NJ, NYC and eastern PA.