Realtors: Catch Mold Before the Home Inspection

A Message to Realtors: How to Catch Mold BEFORE the Home Inspection Kills Your Deal

Every realtor knows that mold is a real-time problem when it is found during a home inspection. With some simple steps, you can save your deal before the home inspection report ever comes back. The question is how can you save the deal before the mold os even found? There are different steps that you can follow and apply in homes you are listing to catch and eliminate mold before the home inspection even occurs. Many buyers get afraid of mold and addressing the problem by a certified mold professional prior to listing your properties, will help eliminate the price haggling and deals getting killed due to buyer’s cold feet. In this article, we will address some of the most common questions we receive about mold and selling of property.

Should a Mold Inspection or Testing Be Done Prior to Listing the House?

It depends. We do not feel that testing for mold is necessary when there are visible signs of mold.  It is universally agreed upon (in our industry) that if mold is visible it should be safely removed.  In other words, testing to see how poor the air quality is and what type of mold is growing is irrelevant.  Certified instructors with 30+years experience working as an Environmental Air Quality Industrial Hygienist frequently proclaim to no longer even test for mold when the visible mold is present.  Why?  In their words “you should handle all visible mold assuming it is toxic. All types of mold become toxic in time.” In other words, safely remove the mold according to EPA and industry standards, then post-test to ensure the premise is free of contamination.  In conclusion, If you know you see mold, spending money on a lab to confirm what you have already seen is an unnecessary expense.

On the other hand, if you know that your property has sustained either water damage or high humidity levels but you do not have visible mold, then a mold inspection and testing should be performed.

Why is a Mold Inspection Recommended In Addition to a Home Inspection?

Simply put, many home inspectors do not have the training or experience to properly identify mold or where to look for damage.  We have seen home inspection reports indicate a mold problem only to discover that the “mold” they indicated was just dirt. And many times we have seen home inspectors overlook mold and the buyer to find it themselves. We must always consider that buyers are becoming more and more educated about mold as it becomes a more common topic in the news and internet-based media.  

Why is a Mold Professional Recommended?

A mold professional can provide you a detailed inspection report or invoice of services rendered showing that you proactively addressed any and all mold concerns with the property by a certified and experienced mold professional. In addition, if you utilize Fresh Start’s mold services we provide a 10 year mold-free TRANSFERABLE warranty!

Let’s get started today and get rid of unwanted mold growth and seal a great deal for your home.

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