Should a purchaser of a home include a mold and radon inspection in their contract? The answer is is most contracts in Florida, particularly the ones that are drafted on a Florida far-bar contract provide for radon disclosure and there could be a mold addendum attached to the contract. And the purchaser routinely has an inspection period. So if you’re concerned about mold or radon, well then you simply need to employ your home inspector to inspect the air quality of the home during your inspection period, which sometimes are as short as 10 days or 15 days.
So you need to think about that before you sign the contract, get in touch with an inspector who does do air quality testing. And that way if you find that there is problems with the air quality you can then make the decision as to whether or not you want to proceed with the sale, the purchase, or terminate the contract and or see how much it would cost to remediate any kind of air quality problems and reduce it to a financial or a numerical number. So if it’s you’re buying a $300,000.00 home, it’s going to cost you $400.00 or $500.00 to take care remediating the problem, well that’s not the end of the world and you can probably negotiate that out with the seller of the property.
So also as far as radon is concerned, I haven’t seen a lot of radon in the west Florida area in and around the Tampa Bay area but if that is a concern then you could, I suggest you do have a radon test done. They do have these little kits but I’m not sure how accurate they are and I’m not even, I don’t even know anyone that tests for radon. I think they come in with Geiger counters and you’re supposed to close the property up for a certain number of days. But any tests that you have if you’re concerned about air quality or any problems with a home, well you need to make arrangements for the testing before you sign the contract so you can get it done within the inspection period so that you can get out of the contract if you need be or negotiate it.
So if you have any questions about purchasing a home and need any guidance, well give me a call at 727-847-2288.