Updated: Mar 15
Mold remediation is most common you discover mold in your attic, basement, crawlspace, or bathroom. This isn’t something you planned on and it can feel stressful trying figure out what next steps are needed, and what you can expect from the process.
We have some good news for you; you aren’t the only one! Here at Healthy Homes, we are experts at mold remediation and passionate about making your home a healthy place for your family to live. Every situation is unique, but we want to take the most common questions we get asked about mold remediation and provide the answers for you here to help guide you as you plan for making your home healthy.
1) Can you stay in your home during mold remediation?
While we set up containments and put our worksite under negative pressure to prevent any potential risk for spreading the mold and to protect the rest of your home, we recommend finding another place to stay during the duration of the remediation. In addition to health precautions, the remediation process is extensive and we know how stressful it can be to disrupt your regular routine with loud noises and people coming to and fro, especially if you have children in the home. You can always check with us before the project begins and we’ll let you know how long we anticipate it will take to complete. If you don’t have any other option, we are more than happy to help create an alternative plan.
2) How long does mold remediation take?
Remediation most often takes about 1-3 days on average. The length of the project can vary depending on the size of your home and the scope of the mold remediation needed. In many cases, there are additional prevention methods we recommend in addition to mold remediation to make sure that the mold won’t grow back. If we are implementing mold prevention, we recommend planning on an additional 1-2 days on top of the remediation time. We can provide a more specific estimate for your project once we have inspected your home and given you a quote for the work that needs to be completed to make your home healthy and mold-free!
3) Will mold remediation be covered by my insurance?
Every insurance policy and company is different, so we recommend contacting yours to see if mold remediation is covered. In some cases, they will cover mold remediation if it is a byproduct of water damage or a storm that was covered by your insurance policy. In other cases, they may only cover the physical damage caused by the storm or water.
4) Who pays for mold remediation if I’m looking to buy or sell a home with a mold issue?
There is no standard for who pays for mold remediation. This all comes down to negotiations when you buy or sell a home. If you are selling a home, you will want to be prepared for potential buyers to ask for it to be done prior to the sale or a reduction in price. You may want to consider getting mold remediation prior to listing your home to make sure buyers won’t ask for a reduction in price.
As a buyer, you’ll want to be sure you have any potential home inspected (always good to get it Healthy Homes approved!). If there is mold present, you’ll want to decide if you want the mold to be addressed prior to closing. Make sure to get estimates on the repairs so you know the potential cost to you if the seller doesn’t want to fix it and you still want to purchase that home.
5) How much does mold remediation cost?
The cost of mold remediation will vary depending on the size of your home, the extent of the remediation, and if other preventative methods need to be done. Every project truly is different, but the nationwide average is between $2,500 and $4,000 for mold remediation. In our experience, most homes that require mold remediation also need other work done to address why the mold is there in the first place.
There are several factors that will impact the overall cost of mold remediation. Such as how many areas the mold has spread to, how much mold is there, if there is any demolition that needs to be done to properly address the mold, if there are any other materials that need to be removed (like “mold killing” paint that needs to be scraped off), and if are there any preventative solutions that need to be done as well.
We know how important it is to have a home that provides a healthy environment for you and your family. If you are considering mold remediation and have more questions, give us a call at 309.418.9511. We would be happy to inspect your home and answer any questions you may have on what the next steps are to making your home healthy.