Don’t Fall Down the Rabbit Hole in State Regulations

It’s an interesting hole in state regulations. All states require licensure to sell real estate, but few require a license to build homes or to inspect homes or to be a mold/air quality inspector.

Home inspectors, Mold Inspectors and Air Quality Inspectors aren’t licensed at all in almost half of the U.S. because the states don’t have the revenues or manpower to police them. Anyone can say their a Home, Mold or Air Quality Inspector.  In fact, some inspectors can make a mistake on their inspections, and not be held any more liable than the cost of a $200 or $300 inspection to the consumer, even though the mistake could generate thousands of dollars in problems. Maine doesn’t license or register home, mold or air quality inspectors, and neither do 26 other states.

When trying to sell a home if a home or mold inspection is requested be cautious of the inspection company you chose. Mold or Air Quality inspections aren’t required by any state, nor is there any recognized standard procedure for testing for mold or air quality.

Air Quality and Mold sample data is subject to interpretation and is only a snapshot in time of the current condition of the building. Air Sample data represent only a portion of an overall IAQ investigation as it is ever-changing. Visual information and environmental conditions measured during the site assessment (humidity, moisture readings, etc.) are crucial to any final interpretation of the results. Many factors impact the final results; therefore, result interpretation should be conducted with caution and by a professional environmentalist. No conclusions should be made based on one air sample of the home and certainly not by an inspector with no background in environmental issues.  A two-day mold class is not adequate training to do mold or air quality inspections.

Because state mandates require that homeowners disclose all facts that may materially or adversely affect the value of the home to the buyer, including the results of a test that isn’t required or regulated by the state use an environmental professional to evaluate request for mold or air quality inspections.

Be wary of companies going door to door claiming to be “healthy home experts” or “air quality specialist” that want to test your air, show you how bad your air is and then sell you a product or service they are selling.  A big red flag and conflict of interest. Always ask about their credentials and experience.

Call TP Environmental 207-991-0171 or email terry@gotbadair.com if you have a question about a company claiming your air quality is bad or that you have mold and they wants to sell you something.  There are several in the State of Maine using these tactics.

TP Environmental knows the environment because environmental consulting is all we do.   www.gotbadair.com