Homeowners have enough headaches to worry about when putting a house on the market. In today’s real estate game, market values are at all time lows, and many homeowners don’t have a prayer of getting out from under these single biggest purchases that any one person can make. If you do manage to get a customer on the hook, the last thing you need is a complication to crop up and wreck the deal.
Water damage is one of the most common deal breakers. This author recently found what he thought was a dream home, but upon opening the door we were greeted by a musty smell that left no doubt that there were issues to be resolved. Sure enough, a trip to the basement revealed a considerable amount of water puddling up near the rear entrance. Despite the owners best sales pitch, we passed. And if water is a minor problem, mold is considered a major one.
Homes with mold will be extremely difficult, if not impossible to sell, simply because most people are well aware of the problems presented by mold. This includes the well documented health and respiratory issues that some species of mold are known to cause.
What is less well known about the mold threat is that it is usually a very treatable fix. Most mold growths are caught before they become major growths, simply due to their visibility as well as the musty smell that alerts homeowners to their presence. In these cases, the mold may be successfully treated by the homeowner. Larger growths may require professional remediation services.
Mold should always be treated as soon as it is discovered, particularly if you are trying to sell the home. The last thing you want in this world if for the mold problem to be discovered by the prospective buyer. It may throw a chink in the process from which there is no recovery.
Mold should always be properly treated, and then the affected area properly sanitized to prevent the mold from returning. This includes cleaning, disinfecting, and improving both ventilation and humidity levels in the area. This step is an absolute must in order to prevent mold from being an continuous problem.