Blooming! A Healthy Home by Design Podcast Ep. 25 Show Notes
If you are on a home search, you won’t want to miss this week’s episode, because Today we are talking to a home inspector who is also a certified home biologist. We’ve had her on the show before, Amanda Klecker from healthyhouseontheblock.com and she’s going to share with us what to look for during a home inspection so that you can feel confident that your new home is a healthy home!
To listen to the full interview click here.
Depending on the year the home you are looking for there may be products in the home that are toxic. Of course homes built prior to 1978 may have lead paint, or older homes may have asbestos. Always use a licensed abatement contractor to remove these items. Many of these old toxic products are fine to stay in the home if you aren’t remodeling. She also said not to be worried because most things are fixable if you found a red flag during an inspection.
If you are in a home and it smells musty, that’s usually a sign that there is excessive moisture. And if this is your dream home, not to worry! Most things are fixable, it would just be good to use your contingency period to find out the cost to repair. And then if it’s a big ticket item that wasn’t disclosed, you may want to renegotiate or submit a request for repairs before you release contingencies.
If you are planning to buy a fixer, just try to replace with low or no toxin products when you are doing the upgrades.
Amanda says here are some issues - to fix right away
any moisture issues because they can develop into much bigger issues -like a leak from a roof that is causing moisture
if you have a basement and are doing radon testing, 2-4 or more - have a mitigation system put in before you move in
gas appliances that are not testing safe - fix those before you move in
Newer homes are going to be air sealed much better than older homes, so make sure there is an air to air exchanger or a heat recovery ventilation system so it will bring in healthy good outdoor air to keep that air flowing so it's not stagnant.
Remember to clean your filters regularly every 3-4 months
I hope you enjoyed today's episode. Check out Amanda's website at www.healthyhouseontheblock.com for tons of tips on how to create a healthier home environment for you and your family.