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ceilings that is not visible. This is where the advice of a mold professional can make the difference. A pro can determine the source of the moisture causing the mold, if it is not obvious, and give you a good idea of the extent of the infestation.

    From there, you can get an estimate of the cost to remediate the mold, and add in any additional expense for time you won’t be able to occupy the home while it is being remediated. Once you have a number and a time-frame, you can make a sensible decision as to whether to go ahead and make the purchase.


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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More Blog Posts on Home Safety:

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  2. Should I use bleach to clean up mold?

  3. How can I find hidden water (moisture) and mold inside walls?

  4. How can I prevent mold in my Florida winter home when I am gone for the summer?

  5. How do I shut off the water in an emergency?

  6. How can I prevent mold in my Florida winter home when I’m gone for the summer?

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  8. How do I remove cigarette odor in a house?

  9. Why is there mold around the air conditioning ducts?

  10. What do you check when you inspect an electric garage door?

  11. What causes cracks in a driveway?

  12. When should I replace my smoke alarms?

  13. Why are window security bars dangerous?

  14. Are house numbers required by law in front of a house?

  15. How can a tree damage my house?

  16. What can I do right now to prepare my house for a hurricane?

  17. How do you inspect a dryer vent?

  18. What is radon? Should I be concerned about it in Gainesville?

  19. What is a “cross connection” in a home’s plumbing system?

  20. Is a bare bulb light in a closet alright?

  21. What safety checks will limit my tenant liability in a rental house?

  22. What are the warning signs of a dangerous attic pull-down ladder?

  23. What are the requirements for a room to classified as a bedroom?

  24. Where are smoke alarms required to be located?

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  26. What can I do to avoid kitchen accidents and injuries?

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  28. When did the first Florida Building Code (FBC) begin and become effective?

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