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What is the cost of air quality testing?

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Cost is oftentimes a top concern for potential clients. We understand that while you may have a pressing indoor air quality problem that you would like to resolve, your budget may not allow you to consider indoor air quality testing. We like to work with our clients to provide a quote based on the type of testing that best suits our client’s needs and concerns. As a service-based company with a myriad of different testing options, we cannot simply provide a one price fits all cost for our services. This blog post will demystify pricing and give you some tips on how to get the best price.

Cost: Quick Reference

On the “pricing” section of our website, there is a bulleted list that highlights how the price is determined. It says that price is a function of the size of the property, distance from our office, contaminants to be measured, the number, type and turnaround time of laboratory samples if they are collected, the type of reporting, and the expertise level and credentials from the project manager that needs to perform the work. Keep these qualifiers in mind when you give us a call.

If you’re looking for ballpark numbers, we generally say that residential projects range from $400-$1,000. The average cost for a residential job is $600. For example, a small studio apartment near our office that calls for minimal sampling will be on the lower end of the range versus a large single-family home with multiple tests or samples. Commercial jobs generally range from $800-$3,000. Commercial projects are seldom similar to one another so pricing is more based on a case by case basis. 

Price Quote

The best way to find the exact cost of a project is by calling our office. We take time to listen to your concerns and formulate the best testing or sampling plan that would address your concerns. This is how we provide you with a price quote. We do not sell products such as special cleaners or filters. We do not offer remediation or repair services. We are an objective third party that is intended to provide you with answers regarding the indoor air quality in your property. Some companies offer cheap inspections with an aim to push you toward buying a product or additional device.

Cost Saving

We understand that sometimes the quoted service may be out of your budget. We can work with you to shave off some of the cost by scaling down the service quoted. For example, if you have general IAQ concerns in your entire home but cannot afford the quoted service for us to assess the entire property, consider having us assess 1 room or 1 area that you are most concerned about. Or maybe you don’t need a written report. Please keep in mind that at times we cannot reduce the cost of certain sampling or testing due to laboratory costs for certain types of tests. 

Conclusion

IAQ testing may seem like an extravagant expense but consider the benefits you receive from an assessment. Consider reviewing the EPA’s website on IAQ to familiarize yourself with the topic. An assessment can help identify potentially hazardous indoor air quality pollutants and provide recommendations on how to resolve the problem. It can also provide peace of mind when a property owner does not know if there is a problem. Give us a call if you have any IAQ concerns and we’ll be able to provide you with a price quote over the phone!

Ian Cull

Ian Cull is a nationally recognized expert in the field of indoor air quality. He is the Chief Science Officer of Indoor Science, a company he started in 2004. He speaks around the world on air quality topics and is a training provider of the Indoor Air Quality Association. Mr. Cull is a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). His degree is in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign. Mr. Cull has developed 50 air quality related courses for the IAQA University and is the author of the book, “Fundamentals of Mold Remediation”. In his words… “Besides being passionate about indoor air quality, I enjoy cycling, music, the Chicago Bulls, and having fun with my three kids.”