Mold remediation and selling a house with mold problems
Mold in your home is not only unsightly, but extremely dangerous. While mold is a natural part of the environment, it won’t grow on surfaces such as walls or floors unless excess moisture is present. If you can see mold, you need to act quickly.
Depending on the severity and type of the mold growth, as well as the water damage causing the moisture build up, the removal and repair costs could be quite high. You can sell your house with mold, but going through the traditional model of realtors and closings will require you to pass inspection. Potential buyers, if they know about the mold damage, might make unreasonable demands with regards to repairs. A lot goes into selling a house with mold problems.
Left unattended, mold will slowly destroy whatever surface on which it grows, which can cause your home to fall into disrepair. Moreover, the presence of excess mold spores can aggravate allergies and asthma and cause serious respiratory infections, especially in the young and the elderly.
It’s important, therefore, to treat mold growth quickly and at its source. To learn more about the water damage and moisture that can cause mold, be sure to visit our water damage page.
Simply painting over mold might solve the aesthetic problems, but the mold will cause the paint to peel and the root of the problem—the mold—will still be there eating away at your wall. And, according to the EPA whitepaper on mold DIY mold remediation is only a safe option if the growth is under about 10 square feet. Anything larger is unsafe to remove without a professional.
It’s also important to note that if you happen to have mold and don’t disclose any repairs you’ve made or problems you’ve had to the buyer, you could find yourself in legal trouble down the road. Selling your house as is can be a good way to avoid dealing with the laundry list of federal and state regulations having to do with disclosure.
If the idea (and cost) of mold removal and repair sounds overwhelming, or you are embarrassed about the extent of damage, we might be able to help. We’ve been buying houses with mold damage for 30 years. We know the process that goes mold remediation, and we aren’t deterred by even the worst cases. Don’t be afraid to call us—we are here to help you.
Give us a call and let’s see how we can do to take your mold problem off your hands and let you get on with your life.