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Home selling the search for mold

The Search for Mold

Our last article dealt with the dangers of attempting to sell a home with mold. There, we learned two things:

  1. A home with an acknowledged mold problem will scare off most home-buyers and likely result in a drastic reduction in the asking price.
  2. A home without an acknowledged mold problem can very easily become a legal issue after the home has sold, with the new homeowners going after the previous seller for damages (this option is possible regardless of whether or not the home seller was aware of the mold issue).

Today, we are going to continue with the topic of mold. Specifically, to a question that should come up after reading the previous article.

I know that I shouldn’t sell a home with a mold problem, but how do I know if one even exists?

Contrary to what you might see in pictures and movies, mold doesn’t always manifest itself as large black stains running down a wall. Yes, this scenario is possible, but it is entirely possible that a less noticeable mold problem exists in your home. Even in situations where mold is relegated to a small corner of a house, a basement, or an attic, the presence of the spores can still result in health problems for those inhabiting the home. This means that no matter how minor-seeming a mold issue might be, taking care of it is still a top priority if you hope to receive the asking price for you home as well as avoid any legal issues with future buyers.

If you are looking to sell your home and are unsure whether or not there is mold present, you have your path cut out for you. The first step should be to explore the darker corners of the building, especially in places where there might be an accumulation of moisture like bathrooms (especially ones without decent ventilation) and basements (especially ones prone to flooding during rainy seasons). Mold loves two things more than anything else: darkness and moisture. If there is any place in your home where either of these two factors might be present, it is worth making a close examination of that space in order to ascertain whether or not mold has taken hold. Water stains along ceilings, for instance, are a good indication that there might be a problem.

If you’ve looked and aren’t sure whether or not a mold problem exists, you can always call an expert in to test the air quality for you. This is the only sure-fire way to know if mold exists or not. While not every home contains mold, it is important to make sure that yours is clear of the toxic organisms before attempting to list it or invite prospective buyers to tour the place.

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