Buyer Beware! How Reliable is Your Home Inspection?

Buyer Beware! How Reliable is Your Home Inspection?
The inspector did not find any mould during his inspection, but the owner had a mould allergy and after she took possession there were problems. She sued and a judge ruled that the inspector should have suspected mould based on his review of the premises. The ruling highlights the importance of checking or identifying mould, especially in older homes.
A recent news report highlights why mold inspections are important.
In this case, the buyer told her agent that she was allergic to mould and was advised to rely on a home inspector to identify if there was a problem. The inspector did advise the buyer that there was damage to the foundation, but did not highlight the potential of mold issues.
Since the buyer was unaware that there was potential moisture issues and soon got sick after moving in she proceeded to take the issue to court to recover the costs of removing the mold.
In this landmark case, the plaintiff won and the judge ruled that the home inspector should pay the full cost of remediation because the inspector failed to inform the client that mold could be present.
The basic problem with mold is that it can be hidden. Home inspectors are not mold remediation specialists and do not have the expertise required to identify potential mold issues. Home buyers are well advised to invest in both a home inspection and mold inspection before purchasing a home, particularly if there is any indication that there are potential moisture issues.
Mould is becoming a serious issue for buyers. It can cause illness if one is exposed to it over an extended period of time and costs a lot to remove….a mould test should be mandatory for every buyer.