What You Need to Know Before Hiring a Professional Mold Removal Service
Hiring a qualified mold removal expert is your best approach if you suspect there is mold in your home or apartment and the landlord is doing nothing about it. A mold removal expert can also serve up independent 3rd party proof that there is indeed mold in your apartment, in case you need to take the apartment complex to court for not doing enough to get rid of it. Paying for a qualified mold remediation contractor is a lot smarter and more effective than a DIY approach due to the specialized equipment that is used. Whatever you choose to do, you should definitely follow safety precautions to reduce your chances of getting exposed to the mold. This would include the use of protective clothing, eye protection, and respirator.
Make sure your mold remediation contractor is licensed, because it wouldn’t do to hire someone simply because they market their business as a mold removal service. You need independent proof from the state that the company is qualified. In some states, a license is required to remove mold.
Here is what should be included in a contract with a mold removal expert or mold remediator:
- Survey or diagram that details the sections of the home, rooms, square feet, etc. where the mold removal will take place.
- Just how long it will take to finish the remediation work
- Who (contractor or homeowner) will provide the materials for renovation
- Cleanup procedures, materials, and costs
- How the contaminated materials will be handled and whether the contractor or homeowner will take out debris from the site.
- Itemized list of materials that is necessary to complete the mold removal
- A full cost estimate and written price quote agreement that is signed by the contractor and the homeowner