Mold Removal Company Tips to Avoid Getting Scammed

It’s already enough to have to deal with the discovery of mold in your home. But it’s even more discerning to know that you cannot trust just any mold removal company to help you clean up your home. In fact, due to the high concerns for toxic mold, many companies are taking advantage of homeowners by using ineffective products and adding fake problems to your bill. Here’s how to avoid scamming companies.

Because companies didn’t need licensing requirements or have to have any standards for mold testing or to remove the mold, several states have started to crack down on this issue and required that a contractor be certified and licensed. And while not every state requires a license or certification, you should ask for one anyway before you hire that professional. If they can’t provide one or at the very least, they don’t have several great references, move on.

Another big issue is the fact that many of these mold removal companies are offering both mold inspection and mold remediation services. If that’s the case, you’re better off looking for a specialist who only does one, not both.

Because it’s all too easy to provide false testing data for mold and remove mold using chemicals that don’t work, you should ask for a copy of the testing just in case there’s a problem and ask for a list of the black mold removal products they used. Then if you’re able to remain near your home during the clean up process, check to see if the products they listed are the same ones they’re using. If not, start asking questions.

You also want to make sure that there is a written contract that states everything done in your home. Make sure it’s down to exact detail including the materials that were used. Otherwise the contractor may list items you never requested on the bill.

And when in doubt, you can always ask for a reliability report for that mold removal company from the Better Business Bureau.

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