I am not a mold expert but I have had a few transaction which I represented the buyer where there was mold involved. One had an upstairs bathroom leak into the downstairs bathroom. It was a bank owned property. My client decided to call out a mold inspector. He furnished a report and we sent it to the bank along with a request for repair and remediation. Knowing that they couldn't sell the home in present condition to just anybody they agreed to do the work.
Depending on the severity there are home test kits you can purchase from Home Depot that will tell you if there is mold in the air. This can be a good thing to do before you call out the mold inspector. The cost for these inspectors can add up. Not only do you pay there fee for coming out. You have lab fees to test the spores.
Hope this helps!
Troop Real Estate Inc.
Whether the mold is extensive or airborne or not just stuck to some of the wood or drywall, you can have the air tested by a mold expert. Mold is cleaned up by removing the affected surface and replacing it, and sometimes the surface can be cleaned.
If you're considering a house with mold, you have a good opportunity to negotiate, and you can always ask the seller to repair it. If it's bank owned and they won't, you can go for a rehab loan, where the fix-up costs are rolled into the loan.
Let me know if I can answer any other questions for you.
Mold can be cleaned up...sometimes it is cutting a wall ..then drying it with fans and dry walling..sometimes it can be less invasive...if you are living in a home with mold it needs to be taken care of quickly. If you are purchasing a home with mold problems the seller should be asked to repair the problem as it is a health issue. Please note sellers have an option to do a repair ..they can refuse..if that is the situation find out the cost of the repair and ask the sellers to give you a credit at the close of escrow for the amount of the repair. If you have an agent request they negotiate what needs to be done.
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