Personally I think anyone claiming to be a certified mold inspector and in fact is not a hygienist is ripping off the public.
Basically stealing money from uninformed people.
I’ll have to disagree with you Dale. I do air samples and mold inspections a lot. Here is the service:
A person calls, has musty odors and allergies. I do the inspection, find the source, take air samples, submit a bill for $400-$500. They then have a contractor/remediator fix the problem. About another $500. Total= $1000
A hygienist will not show up to your door for less than $1500. I saved my clien a lot of money and provided a professional service.
Another case. Client had mold growth in about a 100 sq. ft. area. Had area cleaned but not sure if the mold is really gone. I do an inspection, take 3 air samples charge $425 and give the results. Again, a hygienist will not show up for less than $1500.
As for taking samples during a home inspection. Make it a separate contract with a hold harmless clause. Pro-Lab has that contract and so does ESA. Also, read the fine print when you buy a home. The EPA and the government RECOMMEND air quality tests be performed on each home before occupancy. Maybe that is just a CYA, I dunno. Take that as you will.
I, however to agree Dale that if I see mold, I usually do not test for it. I will ask my client over the phone what is going on w/ the home before I go. I tell them to call a remediation company and then call me for the post cleaning inspection.
No problems with that method so far