Understanding the Cost of a Mold Inspection Test
Due to the variety of private homes, apartments and townhomes in the greater Los Angeles area, the cost of a mold inspection varies depending on the size of the property, level of mold inspection required, and the number of mold samples taken. Historically, price quotes have trended around $200 for an inspection and report, and about $100 per sample to test for mold.
While a professional mold inspection for a typical family home doesn’t generally cost too much, testing larger homes and apartment complexes (5,000 or more square feet) can run anywhere from $1,000 and up. Here’s a breakdown of what’s usually involved in a mold inspection and how to choose the right inspection company.
A legitimate mold inspection company only performs inspections — not repairs. It’s widely considered a conflict of interest to do both because “inspection and repair” companies often embellish the problem to inflate repair fees. Legitimate mold inspection companies do not offer “free” inspections — they charge clients at the time of the inspection. A test-only company will not recommend costly repairs unless they are necessary. If you believe you have a mold problem, hire a test-only mold inspection company, which will lower the possibility of being overcharged for mold repairs.
The Difference: Mold Testing and Remediation
Mold testing involves a number of variables, so knowing the difference between mold testing and repair is important. Mold testing is necessary for several reasons — the type of mold must be identified, along with the concentration levels. Additionally, the indoor air quality usually needs to be tested. Most of these types of samples usually cost about $100 because the inspector has them analyzed by an accredited laboratory that helps establish the extent of the problem and the potential work needed to clear it up. The number of samples taken vary from building to building based on the size of the residence and the severity of the problem. The difference between the two types of companies is that test-only mold inspectors don’t have a financial interest in performing any remediation work — they only provide lab results and an opinion on the extent of a problem.
Choosing a Mold Inspection Company
There are a number of organizations offering mold “certification,” some requiring only a fee or an online course to become a “certified” expert. Always make sure to check an inspector’s credentials for proof of certification from a recognized facility requiring training and experience in mold testing. Referrals are always available from the American Council for Accredited Certification.