In the United States the average amount that a homeowner would pay for a basic mold inspection and a few lab tests is about $600 when hiring a professional. However, every single customer, home, building or dwelling might have customized needs that may lower or raise the cost significantly. In this article we discuss how prices are determined and help you figure out what to expect when you hire someone to test your home “properly” for mold and moisture.
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Most mold inspectors and Mold testing professionals usually work within a 25-mile radius of their home base or office. Because mold professionals do spend a significant amount of time traveling from job to job, if you are not within a close range to their office you’ll need to factor in some travel expenses. Especially if you are hiring someone who is “really good”, it is important to accommodate your mold inspector as much as possible. In some cases, you might find an extremely knowledgeable mold inspector but he/she is a good hour or two away. Expect to pay for an overnight stay in a hotel if your inspector has more than an hour to travel to your location. This is just common courtesy.
The size of your home can have an impact on pricing for your mold inspection and testing. For example, a person with a two-bedroom one-bath ranch may find themselves in the “national average-range” of pricing whereas someone living in a home with 3 levels 4-5 bedrooms, large basement, several attic access points and 3-4 bathrooms might be on the high end of pricing due to the square footage, timing and how many tests will be required to actually evaluate the space properly.
There are a few things that could raise the price of your inspection as it applies to hourly time spent. The first, is obviously how big the home is. An average home would be between 1000-1800 square feet. Homes in this range will probably not take on an extra cost for it taking more time to inspect or test, however homes over 1800 square feet might take longer to inspect and test so expect an additional cost if it takes longer.
Another added cost that involves time would be if you as a customer require more attention and education. Mold inspectors and testers charge a base price for the services you need but asking them to talk or asking lots of questions means they have to stop inspecting or working on taking samples and this time isn’t included in the cost of their visit. If you require more attention or discussion please be prepared to be billed for their time in helping educate you and answer your questions.
Additional charges may incur if an inspector finds it difficult to access certain areas of the home or if accessing those points may put him/her at risk. Such access issues might be hard-to-fit areas like attics that are not easily accessible, steep stair cases, basements that might be flooded,
Depending on your location and the size of your house, that range can go from $292 and $1,029. You can get a DIY testing kit for $40 or less, but it does not replace a comprehensive assessment.