So, in the State of Louisiana real estate licensees are required to provide the informational pamphlet on Mold from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to all purchasers of real estate. We can manually hand you the pamphlet or direct you online to the EPA website.
Our State Agreement to Buy or Sell Residential Real Estate Contract lines 269 – 272 refer to the pamplet on Mold:
“MOLD RELATED HAZARDS NOTICE: An informational pamphlet regarding common mold related hazards that can affect real property is available at the EPA website http://www.epa.gov/iaq/molds/index.html. By initialing this page of the Agreement, the BUYER acknowledges that the real estate agent has provided the BUYER with the EPA website enabling the BUYER to obtain information regarding common mold related hazards.”
Home Inspectors in the State of Louisiana are only required to report “Visually Observable Evidence of Suspected Mold Growth” with the law on this changing in 2014. From the Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors:
A. 2. A licensed home inspector shall include in his written report of the home inspection the presence of suspected mold growth if during the course of inspecting the systems and components of the structure in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter and board rules and regulations, the licensed home inspector discovers visually observable evidence of suspected mold growth on the inside of the structure.
Definition: Visually Observable Evidence of Suspected Mold Growth- Visually observable discoloration of the interior components within the climate controlled living space apparently arising from moisture that may be indicative of mold or microbial growth discovered without employing specialized moisture, environmental or other testing method.
Being informed about Mold, and listening to your Home Inspector will tell you if there is a problem that requires further follow up or needs to be remedied.