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MOLD: very informative site (many links at bottom)

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Farm Gal

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Thanks back at cha, Bryan!~!~

I may yet become a specialist in this area if I hang up my appraisal hat... mold and restoration issues are very interesting stuff.

fungi in general have fascinated me for years... Isn't it a gas how many appriasers have one or more other fields of specific interest? Check DCJ on Ben V's 2nd annuyal warning post about Lyme disease!

I have taken some pretty high powered courses in various areas but refuse to admit to specialized training : god forbid an appriaser should become a 'wild expert' :evil: even if we do know more than John Q public on many issues.
 

Bryan (OK)

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Amen Lee Ann,

I always fail to mention that my Masters work was in Environmental Engineering . . . don't want to overstate my qualifications and what the perceived expectations might be. Yea, I know how to pump and treat for groundwater contamination or turn sewage into drinking water, but it's a whole new chapter when doing environmental assessments. Maybe someday I'll get more educated in that area and take on some work.

Have you considered doing mold analysis in conjunction with your appraisal inspections? I have toyed with the idea, even thought about termites. Of course, new insurance(s) required, but if your already at the site . . .

Maybe I should just leave it to the EMP inspection firms??
 

Farm Gal

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Bryan:

Mold testing is a lot like appraising: you are NOT going to get rich doing it right, nor will you make much money in relation to the potential liability: for that particular 'inspection' I'd want BIG E&O... 8O

Your competition will do it all wrong :x , rake in the bucks :roll: and somehow manage to sleep at night... :evil:

I got EPA certified in one of the other testing realms... (another little something I NEVER tell a client). After much research and thought I decided I do NOT want to pursue that area of endeavor, and know enought ot be dangerous only to myself...

:!: :!: but newsflash!!! I recently carefully worded an appraisal report in which a 100+ year old farm house had been powerwashed, and left to the winds for 1/2 a season... lo an behold the underwriter actually read what I wrote, and required pb (lead) testing AND REMEDIATION!~

Which since the proud new owners are planning on having kids was a very very good thing...

Well OK the remediation company required them to paint it and pick up the big pieces... and in private conversation (with client permission) I told the owner that were it me I'd get a Bobcat and remove the top 18 inches of dirt, and make sure the place stayed very very painted from here on out. They did so, down to removing the huge playset and bringing in new dirt!!!
 
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