Q. How much does the inspection cost?
A. $450 for homes above 1200 sq ft (typical) / $350 for condos/smaller homes / additional rates for sq ft over 3500 and guest homes (casitas). This fee does include travel throughout Taos County and Angel Fire. Tax is applicable.
Q. How long does the inspection take?
A. 2 to 2.5 hours
Q. Can we accompany you?
A. Most certainly. I do ask that I am able to give the inspection process my general attention and that we conduct a summary walk thru towards the end. I have found this works best.
Q. When will I receive the report & how long will it be?
A. Turn around time from inspection is 24 to 36 hours. Reports are delivered in PDF typically ranging 25-30 pages in length with color photos detailing the observations.
Q. What about radon & mold?
A. Both radon and mold require specific air monitoring equipment to accurately detect and measure. It is my observation that common “Do It Yourself” test strips can deliver inaccurate or unreliable results.
Radon is a fluctuating gas prevalent in the area. Its health risks are associated with long term exposure. Measuring the fluctuation of the gas is necessary when making a determination of possible exposure to dangerous levels. I offer 72 hour digital monitoring that measures radon fluctuations every 60 minutes. This service provides you with an assessment as whether or not to pursue long term monitoring and possible mitigation. The cost for a 36 hour monitoring and analysis is $150 with inspection.
Most radon levels can be mitigated with adequate crawlspace ventilation and vapor barrier installations where applicable. Fan mitigation systems and removal ventilation are options as well. Concerns of high level prolonged exposure should be discussed with a radon mitigation company so that they can further evaluate your situation.
Similarly, mold has many forms with varying risks to health. Accurate air quality screening for particular molds is commonly achieved with digital monitoring equipment designed for specific mold analysis.
Mold determinations should be performed by a trained professional. All indoor air will have particulates, it is the specific qualities and quantities of particulates that are concern for health risks. Individuals concerned with molds should contact an air quality specialist to properly evaluate what specific molds may exist. This fee is typically $300 to $500. I do point out indications of possible mold growth or abnormalities similar to mold when I observe them in crawlspaces and water damaged areas.