Real Estate Mold Removal - The Key to a Smooth Transaction

Did you plan to sell your house and suddenly encountered mold? Are you worried it might hinder your selling process? Are you looking to purchase a home and you are concerned about mold being hidden either purposefully or subsequently? Well, the presence of mold is inevitable and real estate mold transactions are very common. Mold can grow and prosper anywhere they find moisture. So, it’s pretty obvious they are present in your properties. It’s true that the buyers are reluctant in buying a house with mold and it can be a pain for the real estate community, but the solution to this isn’t hard. Consult, clean, remove, and verify! Then, you are all set to go! Here are some simple steps to follow to make your transaction smooth:

selling house with mold

Things To Do as a SELLER

Now, here are a few things you can do to save yourself from troubles and gain customer satisfaction. Make sure you follow all of these.

  • Have your home thoroughly inspected by a mold professional before listing your house on the market. It may be advisable to have your mold professional conduct a mold test from air samples taken in areas of the home prone to mold.
  • Repair all the damaged systems or foundation issues that may cause water damage, since water is the main cause of mold infestation.
  • If mold is present, hire a “certified and trained mold professional” to have the mold cleaned and removed properly. Do not hire general contractors who are not certified to remove the mold. Make sure the mold removal company you have contracted with follows the guidelines outlined by the EPA for proper mold removal.
  • Document all of the repairs with copies of reports, pictures, paid invoices, warranties from the mold contractor. So that you may show them to buyers and protect yourself against a lawsuit later.
buyers house with mold

Things To Do as a BUYER

Now, here are a few things you can do to protect yourself in your upcoming real estate purchase. Make sure you follow all of these.

  • Have your prospective property thoroughly inspected by a mold professional in ADDITION to a home inspection. Most home inspectors are not trained in mold remediation and many times will overlook issues that a mold professional will spot. In addition, a mold professional is familiar with the common “cover-up techniques” and will look beyond the obvious. It is recommended to have your mold professional conduct a mold test from air samples taken in areas of the home that are prone to mold. This is highly recommended especially for properties that have been recently renovated, due to the common practice of home renovators to remove mold improperly or attempt to cover it up to get the house sold.
  • If mold is present, negotiate the cost of the property or contractor resolutions to include the mold remediation. Do not agree for a general contractor who is not certified to remove the mold. Make sure the mold removal company that is being contracted, follows the guidelines outlined by the EPA for proper mold removal.
  • Require that “post-remediation” testing with a minimum of 3 air samples by a third party contractor be completed after all mold has been removed. This ensures that the mold contractor did their job correctly and that no mold spores became airborne during the removal process. This also ensures that the air quality in the property is clean prior to taking possession.
  • Request for copies of documentation for all repairs, reports, pictures, paid invoices, warranties, etc from the mold contractor.
realtor house with mold

Things To Do as a REALTOR

Mold doesn’t have to kill your deal. Educating your buyers and sellers is the first step to success when attempting to close a deal where mold is found.

  • Have the property thoroughly inspected by a mold professional in ADDITION to a home inspection. Most home inspectors are not trained in mold remediation and many times will overlook issues that a mold professional will spot. In addition, a mold professional is familiar with the common “cover-up techniques” and will look beyond the obvious. It is recommended to have your mold professional conduct a mold test from air samples taken in areas of the home that are prone to mold. This is highly recommended especially for properties that have been recently renovated, due to the common practice of home renovators to remove mold improperly or attempt to cover it up to get the house sold.
  • Have a network for multiple mold professionals that you trust and that you can tell your clients with confidence that they are going to give them a perspective of honesty and integrity. Stay away from mold professionals that use scare tactics or whose bids come in considerably lower than the average.
  • Make sure your mold professionals follow the remediation steps outlined by the EPA and IICRC. Verify that the lead technician on the job site is properly certified in mold remediation by an independent, notable 3rd party organization.
  • Work only with mold contractors that have a high customer service experience rating. This ensures that you are not delayed by the slow moving functions, sloppy services and poor customer service that many mold companies provide especially the nationally known franchises.
  • Have your clients meet with the mold professional so they can feel comfortable with the remediation process.
  • Require that a “post-remediation” air test be completed by a 3rd party contractor to verify that work completed by the mold remediation company was done correctly.

Call & Speak with an Experienced Mold Professional

Do you have questions and concerns about mold? Speak with one of our trained and certified mold professionals today for a no obligation informational call!

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