We have dropped the idea to relocate to Avondale after reading the letter.
A great idea would be for you to speak to neighbors in the area. They would be the best to let you know how extensive the smell gets. Also remember we are in the winter months the smell may get worse in the summer months when the air is warm and stale. This is definately something to consider. However as stated below it doesn't really affect the homes selling. Normally the complaints come from those outside the area and not familiar with the area. But I truly believe speaking to a few people who actually live there or at least close by would be a great idea. Perhaps take a stroll through the neighborhood and catch a few neighbors outside.
On another note you should be sure you are represented by a Buyer's Agent. It costs you nothing and the site agent only represents the builder. If this particular sale does not work out and you do not have a Buyer's agent you should definately remember to have one for the next opportunity to purchase. You should NEVER enter a new construction site without an agent as once you do, even if it is to gather information, you will not be given the opportunity to be represented by your own agent. The new construction site agents are very strict about this and they tend to remember everyone who enters their sales center. Good luck with your purchase.
Jennifer Daywalt, Realtor
Re/Max Results Realty - Collegeville
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One more thought. If YOU are concerned about the smell now, before you are even buying. Then consider the concerns of someone who would be buying that home from you - years from now.
I like the smell of mushrooms next to a fine rib-eye steak, not in my yard.
Let me know if you need more local guidance.
I have never heard of somethign described as a mushroom smell, but kind of know what you might be describing. Certain kinds of naturally occuring molds in soils have a charachteristic smell to them. One of the most common is Aspergillus which can be found in mulch and decaying leaves. This type of mold has a very distinct smell that some describe as fresh soil. There are other kinds of mold that have similar odors.
If you are concerned about smells and potential allergens, you should think about having air sampling done as part of your home inspection contingency. This will determine if there are elevated mold levels in the home at the time of inspection. You can visit my website and learn a little about mold sampling. I also do other types of indoor air quality testing to make sure there are no other problems inside the home.
There may also be a local source that is contributing to the smell that you are describing. Depending what is in the neighborhood, the smell may discipate at certain times of the year. I would ask the builder if they have nearby mulch piles that they use to finish the neighborhood landscaping. You might also want to drive around and look at the local businesses for ones that may be using chemicals. The Neighborhood Environmental Report that is offered on my website looks at companies in the area that may be using chemicals and if there were any environmental accidents.
Feel free to contact me if you have indoor air quality or environmental concerns about a property that you are cconsidering buying.