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Does anyone think it is prudent to obtain a mold inspection on a prospective home?

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I recommend to have an all home inspection when they purchase a home.  However, unless there is some reason to suspect mold ie the home inspector identifies something, I do not recommend to do a mold inspection at first.  I think you have to weigh the cost vs the benefit.  Most homes do not have mold and my experience has been that the home inspectors are very good about pointing out mold/mildew to clients.  I have had 2 homes checked and it was worthwhile as it identified some issues that needed to be corrected by the seller. 
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April 30 2013

We'd agree with "DryHero" - Benefit vs. Risk!
Here in Michigan, we deal with a variety of weather and water intrusion and moisture can be found from a wide number of sources!  
An experienced inspector will be able to clearly point out any areas that have experienced water damage and explain its possible causes and suggest repairs.  They should also be able to recognize Mold or Mildew growth and recommend testing and remediation measures when appropriate. 
We are fortunate to have mold inspectors on staff that are able to address these types of issues as well as a remediation team.  The benefit of having a complete inspection and getting the best information, far out weighs the risk of what may be "growing" into a much more costly project.

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March 21 2013
Like any inspection, you're weighing the benefit of the inspection against the risk.  I personally think it's worth the fairly minor expense of a quality mold inspection in Nebraska.  

If the inspection does not turn up any mold contamination or water intrusion, you have peace of mind.  If mold is discovered, the cost of mold remediation (likely picked up by the seller), will far exceed the cost of the mold inspection.

In my experience, finished basements are at the greatest risk for water intrusion and subsequent mold growth.  Exterior walls at the corners of the foundation (in proximity to the downspouts) are always suspect and demand the attention of the inspector.  If the house does not have a sump pump, has had poor maintenance, has a stale odor or has been vacant for more than 60 days, I would consider the mold inspection.

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March 20 2013
Scoaste from Omaha,
Take it from someone in Seattle who deals with water damage often - YES! If you're asking the question, I'm guessing that there may be some type of water damage somewhere in the house. Your inspector may be able to find some (or all) of the mold - - but it also helps to have a specialist since mold spores can be unbelievably toxic. Of course, you could always take your chances...but why? I would highly recommend an inspection...especially if you have children or other health issues. It is absolutely prudent & wise to obtain a mold inspection if there is any question...and if nothing else - just for the peace of mind.

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Ryan Halset, Realtor
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February 15 2010
Do you have reason to believe there has been water intrusion either through the foundation or the roof? 

Has the home been unoccupied for a period of time? Many foreclosures are left unheated and uncooled which can cause moisture issues and then mold issues. 

You might just start with a thorough home inspection and if the inspector finds any red flags relating to moisture buildup or intrusion, you could have an additional mold inspection done at that time. 
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