Written by Seth Cotterell
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A house's indoor environment is an important factor in any home buying decision. Home inspections typically take into account a house's physical structure such as its plumbing and electrical systems, as well as the condition of surfaces inside and out. What a typical home inspection does not cover, however, is the quality of a home's indoor environment.

The indoor environment of a home has tremendous influence on the health and well being of the people who live in it. Indoor environmental pollutants can cause myriad ailments and diseases. To protect the health and safety of your family, you will want to use an inspection agency that offers indoor environmental testing as part of its inspection process. Along with a home's electrical and safety systems like smoke detectors, this is the single most important test you can make for your family.


An inspection agency that does offer this sort of service will most likely follow Indoor Environmental Standards Organization guidelines. The IESO is a group that seeks to protect the health of people and their pets by setting strict standards regulating the indoor environments of homes. Air quality tests and mold inspections are ways the IESO seeks to promote indoor environmental health. As the public becomes more aware of the dangers of pervasive toxic mold, these specialized inspections are becoming much more common.

The IESO provides education and training to its members. It also offers certification for inspectors. Inspectors must pass a grueling written exam in order to be certified. The IESO also hosts a conference each year to keep inspectors updated on the latest technology and issues related to indoor environmental quality. IESO can help buyers locate an inspector in their area and has links to other indoor environmental quality resources.

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