Home Sweet Moldy Home-A Buyers Guide To Mold Free Homes

By: Jim Corkern

A home on the market is an exciting, yet often trying time for everyone involved. The sellers try to get everything in order so their house will show well. The real estate agents busily prepare MLS listings and contracts. The buyers look everything over with a fine tooth comb.

Are the teeth in that comb fine enough to catch mold spores though? Most often, the answer is no. Sometimes, even an obvious sign indicating the presence of mold will go unnoticed by even the most discriminating of buyers.

You may be wondering how this is possible. It is because most sellers examine their property for obvious major repairs necessary to achieve a sale and their counterparts are for the most part, doing the same.

There are so many scenarios to explore. But for the sake of both simplicity and the actual reality of mold and mold remediation, lets explore a likely situation involving home selling, home buying and this tremendous environmental danger.

First of all, in all likelihood, neither party is even aware that a mold inspection is even necessary. The fact is that most states do not require sellers to even disclose water damage, mold or other environmental problems.

Believe it or not, while a musty odor may be off-putting due to its unpleasantness, there are people out there who are unaware that this odor is a result of mold growth in desperate need of removal.

They might assume that this is just an old house in need of some fresh air. So while this sign makes the presence of mold a pretty safe bet, it may go either unnoticed, or disregarded due to ignorance regarding the serious and dangerous implications of water damage and mold.

Even in the absence of signs such as the telltale musty odor, stained ceiling tiles, or even lack of ventilation in a water damaged area, a mold inspection should be done.

This should be high on the list of items a buyer wants investigated prior to making an offer to purchase a home.

The bottom line is that anyone buying a home should test for mold. Some mild mold problems can be mitigated by the homeowner by simply using soap and water or a disinfectant.

Concurrently, any moisture problem should be corrected. Most mold problems, however, require the services of a qualified, professional mold remediation contractor.

This is the way to ensure that the mold removal will be both safe and effective.

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