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    So mold remediation is now a three-step process:

  1. 1)Evaluate the extent of the problem - Mold assessment and establishment of a remediation protocol, by a Florida-licensed mold assessor.

  2. 2)Clean up and repair - Remediation, done by a Florida-licensed mold remediator.

  3. 3)Verification of successful mold removal  - A post-remediation verification inspection or clearance test, by a Florida-licensed mold assessor.

    If you are the seller of a home where a big mold problem was discovered during the home inspection, the best solution might seem to be cleaning it up yourself. But most homebuyers want the certification that the mold was completely eradicated and the source of the problem removed. That can only be provided by licensed mold professionals and, yes, it is not cheap. But we often see real estate deals die because the buyer is unwilling to accept a hasty mold bleaching and paint-over by the homeowner.

   “We are also a licensed contractor,” says Jonathan Dreyer, of Dreyer’s DKI, in Gainesville. “You have to be a building contractor in order to do the construction work necessary for repair after mold remediation, and many remediatiors have both licenses.” Contractors are licensed under Chapter 489 of Florida Statutes.

   We are not licensed as mold assessors. Because the law states that only a licensed mold assessor can verity the presence of mold, when we come across what appears to be mold during a home inspection we call it a “mold-like substance” in our report. If the area of the problem is 10 square feet or more, we refer our customer to a licensed mold assessor for further evaluation and establishment of a remediation protocol.


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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