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Home Buying when you have Environmental Sensitivities

Help For The Mold and Chemically Sensitive

When you are sensitive to indoor contaminants such as mold, VOCs, and particulate matter, choosing a home requires extra care and discernment. You will need to take into consideration features that increase the risk of mold growth and indoor air contaminants. We’ve compiled the most important factors in a home that need to be avoided, that can be managed, and that you should look for as someone with envirnomental sensitivities. Take a minute to understand what you can do to protect your health as you navigate home buying.

Red Flags

Home Features the Environmentally Sensitive Need to Avoid

Mold sensitive patients, and those who want to minimize problems with home ownership should avoid the following:

 

Dirt floor crawlspace Landscape that slopes toward the house
Flat roofs Visible water damage
  Evaporative (swamp) coolers Stucco with cracks

Yellow Flags

Home Features the Environmentally Sensitive Can Manage

With some routine care and maintenance the following, while less desirable for mold sensitive patients, can be kept to a standard to prevent the risk of mold.

Carpeting Poorly maintained HVAC
Any level that is sub-grade (e.g. – full basements, walk-out basements, semi-underground levels) Reclaimed building materials inside the home
  Poorly maintained roof

High humidity inside

Odors (musty, urine-like, fragrances, paint, stain, vinyl)

 

 

Features To Look For

Home Features the Environmentally Sensitive Can Thrive In

Now that we’ve ruled out features that are prone to mold problems, you may ask yourself what should I look for in a home? Here are some building features that will reduce the risk of poor air quality.

Properly sloped and well maintained roof Properly maintained HVAC with fresh air intake or Energy Recovery Ventillator (ERV)
Hard flooring throughout the home Clean mold report
  Home built on a slab

 

Test… before making yourself at home

If you suspect your potential home may have evidence of mold, ask if you can use the ImmunoLytics mold test kit to test the home. Inform them that it will take just an hour and you’ll even share with them the results if they would like. It will cost very little relative to the price of a home, and you’ll know if your new place is a no-go or to proceed in just a few days.  

 

Mold in your environment can pose a significant health risk.

Keep these tips in mind as you navigate the complex process of home buying and the impacts it may have on your environmental sensitivities. This list may narrow your options but it’ll be worth the costs and health problems you could avoid.