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Brenda13027, Home Owner in Baldwinsville, NY

Mold in Basement

Asked by Brenda13027, Baldwinsville, NY Sun Sep 23, 2012

Buyer's house inspector finds mold in basement. Is it reasonable for buyer to insist on seller remediation without buyer testing for toxicity?

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 24, 2015
Mold in basement is worse then mold in attic, for one people go down into the basement, you don't usually crawl around up in your attic. Call Terry at Obtainable Restorations 315 469-5000 he's the best in my book. He'll also explain it to the buyer so they don't freak out and walk away from deal. Good luck, Autumn Starr
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 22, 2013
Mold is a difficult issue.... Most buyers are frightened away from buying a property with mold issues.

1st step a mold specialist should determine what kind of mold it actually is, toxic mold, back mold
what exactly.

2nd what is the cause for the mold, mostly it is moisture and not enough air flow and air circulation
some problems could be in the construction and ventilation situation of the building
others could just be never opening the windows and not using the basement much

whatever the reason it should be found out

3rd once mold is visible to the eye, it could be between the walls, between ceilings, just depends
what kind

4th In order for any remediation, whether agreed upon between the two parties, that the seller
pays for all, or they split the cost, or the seller gives the buyer a credit at the closing, a
mold remediation company needs to test for the kind of mold to determine whether it is actually the toxic kind of mold, i.e. black mold, and then give you an estimate what the remediation
may cost, and depending on extent it could be a few 1000 $ or much more.

I had a case where ceilings and walls had to be removed, mold was on the second floor bathroom
and had moved between ceiling walls into the attic itself and it cost the home owners / sellers
more than 10,000 $ to be able to sell the property....

So careful, have it checked out first, the damage may not be extensive or it may not be the toxic
kind of mold at all......

To you answer the buyer can ask for anything, at the end you and the buyer need to come to an
agreement and you as well as the buyer have the right at this point to have the mold tested, and
then figure out if actually toxic mold is present, get an estimate what it costs to remove it...

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 24, 2012
What is the cause? Usually there are moisture issues resulting from poor grading, no gutters, or other ground conditions. Is there a sump pump? Talk with your agent and have this investigated further and execute the removal pending further inspection and have this corrected by the seller. First, educate yourself to the full extent of the problem. Talk with your agent.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 24, 2012
What is your agent advising--without knowing the extent of the mold...buyers and sellers are free to negotiate any issues that arise until an agreement can be reached, or not. Consult with your agent, and or attorney.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 24, 2012
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