Mold Testing Before Selling a Home

The time has come to look at buying a different house. Maybe it’s because there’s a wonderful addition to the family or you’re relocating for job reasons. Whatever the case may be, it’s now time to get the house ready and sell it. Everything has been cleaned and ready to go. But there is one more test that needs to be done.

Mold is one test that many homeowners don’t think about but should. As this article states, mold is a fungus and can grow pretty much anywhere. Common places that mold can be found are:

  • Leaking pipes, window, or roofs
  • Basements, walls, paneling
  • Buildings that are tightly sealed (new construction)
  • Homes with poor ventilation

Mold can be visible but many times isn’t as it’s trapped in walls and other areas we usually don’t look. Besides being ugly in appearance and even have an unpleasant odor, mold can also cause major health problems. The best thing to do is to have the home pre-inspected before selling. This way you will know about anything that could be wrong, and still have the time to get a mold inspector to come into a home and look.

Time and Money

Having a mold test done on your home prior to selling can be cost effective and prevent problems during the sale. Finding the problem now will allow you to get the problem fixed rather than wait for the house to sell and lose money. Loss of money during a sale would be due to the mold having to be taken care of then and that eats into the overall price of the home. The mold problem could also mean the house won’t sell to very specific buyers.

Health Issues

Mold is a serious threat for many and especially in a home. Some symptoms that mold causes:

  • Dry Eyes
  • Rashes
  • Respiratory problems
  • Severe fatigue
  • Unusual bleeding

Mold can also be deadly to some people, especially children and senior citizens. When it comes to mold, having it detected is important. Eradicating it and getting everything taken care of can be costly, but to a potential home buyer, this can be worth its weight in gold. Taking these steps could also help sell the house faster and leaving mold in the home is a risk that just shouldn’t be taken.

The Inspection

When having a routine home inspection done, ask the inspector if they found any signs of mold. Most of the time they will tell you and their opinion. The professionals able to get into areas of the house we usually wouldn’t think of looking. The home inspector can be one of the best assets you have in the fight to rid a house of mold. But, you must ask about it, because they are not obligated in most states to say anything about mold.

When having the mold removed (if there is any) have it done by licensed professionals. This can cost thousands and be a lengthy process if the mold is extensive. The possibility of having to remove walls, flooring, carpet, siding, roofing materials can be daunting, but it’s all worth it in the end. You can remove small amounts of mold yourself by wearing safety gear and using a commercial product intended to fight fungi.

Selling a home is something everyone does and it usually doesn’t have many things that stall or make a sale not go through. Mold however can be a deal breaker for many and that is something no one wants to have happen. Take the time to get everything inspected and checked on. In the end it’ll be the best decision you will have made regarding your home.

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