Mold Inspection Fee Schedule

I’m considering adding mold inspections to my list of services offered, but before i invest in the equipment i am trying to get a feel for the amount of revenues that it will generate — Is there a basic fee schedule that is standard? I’m sure it is based on the number of samples taken and lab fees. Any info would be appreciated.

Also, curious what others are charging for the 4 point inspections.

Before you invest.

You are aware of the new mold related service law coming?
There may be alot of used equipment for sale in the near future.

Hi Dennis,

If I were you I would hold off on adding mold as a service. At best you will be able to perform them until july 2011. Not much time to get much of a return on your investment. I think that it would be wiser to find a company now that you can refer in the future. I would just advise that you stay away from the person that first replied to your post. He has shown his true colors and feelings about home inspectors on this board. Hopefully all Florida inspectors will be smart enough to find another company to recommend IMHO.

As for the prices on four points it depends on what your market can handle. I charge a $100 but then I don’t do many of them. I refuse to play the pricing game as many have with the wind mits and four points.

Since I have been doing mold work for more than 5 years now It seems to me that unless there is some flood or hurricane event or the like then the mold business is about education and the occasional person who is really in fear of mold, albeit the mold can be a very serious problem most people are overse to doing anything about it.

Weigh your options brfore procedeing.
Bob Wentz
Win Win Inspections

There are a lot of rip-offs out there. They recommend testing just to make a buck. Educate your clients. I talk more people out of testing than I do to recommend testing.

My question is, if you live in Fl and want to get your licnese, even if you get a degree, how do you gain field experience? If your not licensed you can’t do the work. Kind of a catch 22 huh?

I wouldn’t spend a lot of money getting involved until the state clears up the licensing situation.
Educating yourself and joining IAC2 might be a good start. Educate yourself so you can educate your clients. However, the inspectors that really push a mold test on their clients seem to scare the realtors. Loosing the realtors referrals may cost you more than a couple of mold fees. Nothing will stop a realestate deal quicker than MOLD.

(No critisism of legitimate mold inspectors or real mold related issues.)

I hear you.
I got called in to do a mold insp. as a second opinion. First inspector talked the buyer into a couple of air samples. One look at the AC coil would tell you what the results were going to be. He did not provided any report detailing how or where he performed his air samples. The results of the indoor sample was so high that the lab could not count the spores.

It gets better.

The first Ispector recomendeds the buyer consult his “buddy Mike”, a remediation specialist. That was the words he wrote on the email to the buyer. Needless to say, after the 17,000 estimate. They walked.

However, this poor seller has to now disclose mold.

Home inspectors mislabel several homes a month in our area, that hundreds over the last few years. Some say I criticize home inspectors unfairly but I get their reports sent to us from the “victims” (sellers).

Governor Charlie Crist signed the following bills today, May 26, 2010:
CS/CS/CS HB 713 Department of Business and Professional Regulation

I Last fall I recommended the Department of Business and Professional Regulation require mold assessors (inspectors) maintain $1 million E&O for both preliminary and post remediation activities.

The DBPR added that to the new mold bills and after hundreds of letters by us to House and Senate members it passed. Many “mold inspectors” do not qualify for the E&O insurance and will have a difficult time obtaining insurance. If you don’t qualify for the insurance, you don’t qualify for the mold assessors license.

  • [FONT=Arial]Mold assessors must be required to have general liability with errors and omissions insurance for all phases of mold assessment activities to protect the public from uninsured and under insured mold assessors.[/FONT]
  • [FONT=Arial]Mold assessors that only have part of the errors and omissions insurance coverage (just preliminary E&O) can easily mislead the consumer about their coverage.[/FONT]
  • [FONT=Arial]Qualified mold assessors have been able to get mold general liability and errors and omissions for both preliminary and post remediation easily for years.
  • Requiring all mold assessors to maintain general liability, E&O for both preliminary and post remediation (clearance) also provides a level playing field or fair competitive business climate for all mold assessors.[/FONT]

[FONT=Arial]468.8421 Insurance
(1) A mold assessor shall maintain general liability and errors and omissions for both preliminary and post remediation mold assessment insurance coverage in an amount of at least $1million.

Home inspectors became upset because of GC’s being able to perform home inspection, what’s the difference of home inspectors trying to be mold inspectors. I don’t believe there is enough hours in the day for HI to do both.[/FONT]