What Does Mold Removal Cost?

One of the biggest concerns home owners may have once it’s be determined that you in fact have mold in your home, is what is going to cost?  Coming up with an exact amount isn’t as simple as it may seem, since each issue presents it’s own problems and not all mold jobs are the same.  Simple mold remediation jobs which are ones that have mold on drywall and are up 80 square feet of damage can cost between $1,600 to $2,200 depending on the state of cavity behind the wall board, and the cleaning needed.  Obviously removing such damage in a bedroom which exposes a party wall will be less cleaning than doing a basement where a foundation wall may need to be abrasively cleaned as well. 

Larger removal jobs of let’s say a flooded basement that require 200 to 400 square feet of removal and cleaning, accompanied by drying equipment like fans and dehumidifiers, can range between $3,600 and $5,600.  Once again, the state of the cavity, meaning if framing also has to be removed can add several hundred to the price.  Even larger mold remediation jobs where an entire space needs all of the finished materials removed, all joists and foundation walls to be cleaned and encapsulated can cost between $7,000 and $12,000 once again depending on the size of the home.  If your home is small, then it could be less, whereas if you have a 4000 square foot home or larger with a basement fitting the entire footprint, it could be more. 

Attics and crawl spaces are a different kind of mold remediation job, and these too depend on the size, who is removing the insulation, and the workability, as walkup attics with flooring are a lot easier to complete than attics that are tight with no flooring between the ceiling framing.  Typically attics and crawl space can cost between $6,000 to $10,000, for a proper job, which means more than just using stain removers and painting your space white with primers, which most do.  This will only lead to mold growing through the primer, and then to having a much more expensive project, as the paint will have to be sanded off first. 

In any case, the scope of work, size, workability, labor, trash removal, etc, will dictate the price of any mold remediation project you may have, and as always do your due diligence when searching for a qualified mold remediation contractor.  You get what you pay for in this business, and most times if the price seems to good to be true, it usually is. 

About the author: Joe Fiorilli