Kip, Other/Just Looking in New York, NY

Would you buy a home that previously had a mold problem or take a pass?

Asked by Kip, New York, NY Tue Dec 11, 2007

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David Hitt, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Tue Dec 11, 2007
I agree with the first response. You should get all of the information so you can make an informed decision. First, you need to always have a general home inspection done. Next, find out from the seller what the exact problem was, what was done to remedy the problem (get supporting documentation) and have the house retested for mold to make sure it was removed successfully. Inspections should be done by appropriate licensed professionals.
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ian cockburn, Agent, New Orleans, LA
Tue Dec 11, 2007
It depends on where you are in the country, and where in the house and why the mold occurred..for every house has mold spores lingering around looking for a place to is just how good one is at preventing the mold from living in a dark, humid, wet area with little or no ventilation..a combination of special factors.
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Reba Haas, Agent, Seattle, WA
Tue Dec 11, 2007
I agree with Kip to a degree but I would take that a step further and ask if the previous insurance company was involved in the remediation because if they were then you are hopefully going to get a much better assurance that the problem was handled correctly.

There are also companies that can do mold testing with infrared type meters that will let you know definitively if the mold is gone. The good thing about mold is that once you remove the source (water) it generally will stop growing - but you still have to make sure all the mold is removed to limit any exposure to mold spores in the air. There will always be some forms of mold in the air, but it's understanding what levels and types are appropriate. I would find a mold expert in your area to help you.
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Teresa Chang, Agent, Somers, NY
Tue Dec 11, 2007

You need to find out what caused that mold problem and what measures were taken to rectify it before you can make any good decision. Ask for reports and talk to the company that did it. If you are still interested in the house then you need to get a home inspector in to check it out esp for mold and see if it may still be a potential problem or not. You never know it may be a great house ....good luck.
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