Wanting to buy a house? Have you completed all inspections? If the answer is yes, then you should have had a mold and asbestos inspection. Mold inspections never cross your mind when you are purchasing a house. You are worried about the general inspections and moving into your new home. Purchasing a new home is very exciting, but you should never forget to have a professional complete a mold inspection. Mold removal is costly, but if caught before purchasing the home, you can work with the seller to lower the cost of the home or remove the mold. Colorado Hazardous Environmental is going to go over a few clues to cue you in on mold growth when looking at new homes.

Musty Smells

This is the number one giveaway that the home has mold. If you smell an earthy or mildew smell, it is the gasses from the mold. It is an indicator that there is mold growing in the home.

Growth on Walls

If you can visibly see different colors on the walls, ceilings, or corners, you have a mold problem. If mold is already visible, the mold growth is out of control. It is important to have a full inspection completed if you see growth anywhere in the home.


Mold can trigger allergies.  If you walk into the home and start sneezing, it is a good indication of mold growth. Mold can cause all the symptoms of hay fever, such as watery eyes, sneezing, wheezing, and coughing. If this happens to you, inquire more about the home and see if it has had past water damages.

Above are just some clues to help you spot mold growth. If you see mold growth, you should talk to the owners about a mold inspection. If you don’t see any signs of mold growth, it is still a good idea to have a mold inspection completed. Mold hides in dark and damp areas, where it grows quickly. Before purchasing a home, have a mold inspection done to ease your mind. Having an asbestos inspection is also a good idea if your home is a bit older. It is better to purchase a safe home for you and your family.