Mold Inspections in New York
In the state of New York, there are various requirements that home inspectors must be knowledgeable of and abide by in order to perform home inspections.
Failure to follow these laws and requirements in regards to mold inspections and assessments can result in the revoking of home inspection license and possible legal action.
In the state of New York as of January 1, 2016, home inspectors must have a mold license that is issued to them by the State Commissioner.
Without being a certified and licensed mold assessor by the state of new York specifically, home inspectors cannot give information about mold and cannot advertise themselves as a mold inspector.
Mold Assessor Licensing
To become a licensed mold assessor, the inspector has to take a test and show their skills and knowledge in the area of mold assessment.
There are 5 Types of Mold Licensure:
- Mold Assessor License
- Mold Assessor Contractor License
- Mold Remediation Contractor License
- Mold Abatement Worker Supervisor License
- Mold Abatement Worker License
Why Do Inspectors Need to be Licensed to Assess Mold?
The state of New York requires mold specific licensing for mold to be assessed in a home because it protects not only the buyer / home owner, but also the inspector themselves.
This way, the inspector is knowledgeable about what they are talking about and the buyer and homeowner can be confident that the inspector isn’t telling them they have a mold problem when they really don’t.
Falsely diagnosed mold problems can result in thousands of dollars of unnecessary money spent on removing mold that isn’t there, and potentially irreversible damage to the interior and exterior of the home.
The state of New York requires all Mold Assessors / inspectors to be Licensed. If not licensed, the inspector cannot provide information other than that there is a possibility of mold within the home and to direct the homeowner / buyer towards a licensed professional.