Mold removal and remediation costs in 2022 can vary widely depending on the contractor, the size of your home, the extent of the damage, and other factors. But one thing you’ll probably find is that a professional is more expensive than DIY mold removal.
A professional contractor will charge on average anywhere from $1,500 to $15,000 or more for remediation and repairs. The typical price for a job is around $3,500 to $7,500. Of course, some professionals are less expensive than others — but you generally get what you pay for.
The typical DIY job might cost $200 to $500. But if you do not know what you are doing, you may miss some or cause more harm than good. Also, if you have health issues, it is not recommended that you attempt to remove mold from your property.
It is also a good idea if you can afford to get a thorough inspection by a certified professional to help you determine the extent of your mold problem so you can make an informed decision about whether or not to hire a professional and how much it might cost.
Mold removal and remediation companies charge different rates depending on their level of expertise, certifications, and experience. You should also expect to pay more for mold removal in rural areas and out of the way or difficult to access.
The cost depends on several factors:
Extent of Damage –
The size of the job is a big factor in how much it will cost because it will be assessed by the amount of water damage and what materials were affected by mold and what kind of mold.
If you have a large area of mold damage in your home, it could take longer for professionals to clean up than if there were only small patches here and there. This means that it would take more time for them to do their work, which would also increase their hourly rate (as well as their total cost).
If you have mold in different areas of your home or business, this will drive up costs because multiple containments will need to be set up and multiple sets of equipment such as air scrubbers and dehumidifiers may be needed for each separate area.
Type of Materials Affected –
It is much harder to remove hardwood floors or a tile shower than to remove drywall or carpeting. This will increase your labor costs since they are more difficult to remove and replace than carpeting or drywall. For example, a small patch of drywall that has mold that needs to be remediated and repaired, and painted will cost around $1,500 to $2,500.
If you need to remove a tile shower and bathtub or kitchen cabinets and a granite countertop to remediate mold, this will get expensive because of the demo for removal and also the replacement/restoration costs to rebuild. For example, a typical tile shower job like this in Southern California will cost anywhere from $4,500 for mold remediation and $12,000 to $25,000 to rebuild the shower depending on the size and materials. A kitchen will be around $6,500 to $8,500 and if new cabinets, countertops, and a floor are needed, the costs can easily exceed $50,000 for the rebuild.
Size of Your Home –
Once a home has been remediated, it is always best to also address the rest of the home with a deep cleaning of the floors, walls, ceiling, and all personal belongings to ensure there is no cross contamination from mold spores and mycotoxins. Also, your HVAC system will be larger and more expensive to clean.
The larger your home is, the more expensive it will be to clean up. This is simply because there will be more area for spores to spread through and grow in larger homes than there would be in smaller ones.
Equipment rentals such as air scrubbers (HEPA Filters/Purifiers) fans or dehumidifiers
In each area there is mold, you will need to leave special air filtering to clean the air and drying equipment to dry the area and affected wood. The more areas that are affected, the more equipment you will need and the more costs you will incur.
You will find that the costs can vary widely from contractor to contractor. Many of the best mold remediation contractors charge similar fees to each other and have comparable costs, while other fly-by-night mold remediators will charge much less.
Many remediators do not handle repairs and rebuilding as well, which requires a general contractor license. A lot of homeowners like to work with one company on the entire project so if you would like to do the same, make sure you ask the companies what work they can do and what they cannot do.
As I mentioned above, you generally get what you pay for so be careful and make sure you do your research before you decide to hire a company. Your home and health are on the line here.
When hiring a contractor to remove mold from your home, make sure he or she has experience working with homes like yours and is certified. Also, have a clear understanding of what procedures they will do to safely remediate and the exact cost details on what and what will not be done.
Many homeowners will hire a third-party remote mold remediation project manager like myself to assist in managing the contractor you hire to make sure that all the proper procedures are being followed and the job is done safely. My fee for this service is anywhere from $500 to $1,500 or more depending on the size and time involved.
Moe Bedard is the founder of Mold Safe Inspections and manager at Mold Safe Solutions. A full-service Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) company specializing in property water damage, mold inspections, consultations, and mold remediation.
If you need help with a project, please call 760-818-6830.