Common Mold Scam: One Contractor For Two Jobs

Be careful when looking or trying to remove mold from your home. It seems that every single competitive business enterprise has one thing in common: there will be scams. After all, when it comes to business, it’s all about money, and there will always be those who will try to use any number of tools in order to empty people of their wallets. Often they seem to be the most helpful but they will make sure that will remain in a position that they know more about mold, how it works than their customers do. They are counting on the fact that the general public will know next to nothing about a specific scientific subject of any kind, let alone knowledge about mold. Scammers have a talent for exaggeration and playing on people’s fears. It’s so important to not give into these emotional pressures and use common sense to make sure you are not robbed blind.

First, when dealing with anyone that is offering a service, be sure to get everything in writing, every task that will be performed, and leave no doubt as to what you will be paying for and what the extent of the services will be. Be sure to be as specific as possible.

It’s also important that anyone who is offering to come to your home to offer mold detection and mold remediation services may, logically, have a vested interest in finding mold. While this does not imply that all such professionals are inherently scammers, it should be a sign to be a bit more alert and wary. The best way to ensure that the professionals you hire to help you find mold are not the same ones that you would have to remove it. Only hire inspectors who are certified and be sure to not place them in a position where they can create scenarios that will gives themselves more to do at your home. While it may be convenient to deal with one contractor instead of two or more (someone who can find and remove your problem in one or two visits would seem like the simplest and most convenient solution) it is definitely a no-no. There would be know why to know if the contractor created or exaggerated a problem in the first place that they know they will be called upon to solve.

The same basic logic would also apply to any post-remediation inspections that would be performed. Always hire someone new to perform such inspections, regardless of whether you are paying out-of-pocket or if such a step must be taken for insurance purposes.

Indeed, all one needs to do is to simply talk to someone who has hired the same company to perform both inspections and removal services: often, such companies will do whatever they can – including closing all windows and turning on the furnace before performing these initial inspections as a means of increasing mold counts – in order to find exactly what they want to find, and to help perpetuate the fear that their client will want to quell by hiring the contractor to begin with.

As such, spend your money wisely. If saving money is important to you, it is helpful to be prepared, and to educate yourself a little. Use Google to learn the very basics about mold growth yourself. You may be able to spot a dirty tactic as it is happening and then call your contractor on it.

Good luck!

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