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Before buying a new home, many people want to know if what they’re purchasing is a good value, and what potential problems may exist. Home inspection is a relatively new field, and as such, there is a vast difference in the services provided. A good home inspection should cover all of the major areas, like your HVAC system, foundation, etc. However, a few are starting to check for mold. This is very important, because mold spores are microscopic; the only time you can see them is when they colonize and grow. Over the last few months, I have seen several homes that we have done work on, where the mold was covered up so that the home could be sold. With an air quality test, even though the mold is “hidden”, it can be found. If you are buying a new home, check with the home inspector, and see if that is something they offer as part of their service. If not, I would strongly recommend that you get your home tested before purchasing, to prevent buying a home that comes with a built-in disaster!