Guest Post: Buying and Selling a Home with Mold

Most people panic when they hear about mold or see anything that resembles mold. And understandably, mold is almost always bad news. This is especially true if you are thinking of either selling or buying a home.

But, is buying and selling a home with mold an automatic deal-breaker? Not at all! Not only is it possible, says Bill of Markham Services, but the mold problem is sometimes easier and inexpensive to take care of than many people may recognize.

Generally, both sellers and buyers are usually concerned with two main things. That is, the cost of fixing the mold problem and the potential health effects of mold.

Cost of Fixing a Mold Problem

Home inspections are a vital part of the home buying and selling process. They allow a buyer to identify any major issues with a home prior to closing. One of these major issues can be mold.

If an inspector detects mold in your home, how much will it cost you to fix? Now, the cost of fixing the mold depends on various things. They include:

  • Size of the contamination area

Believe or not, not all mold problems require professional help. In fact, EPA says that anyone can easily manage a mold problem that is less than 10 sq. ft.

But before you get into your DIY gear, also consider other factors like the degree of water damage. If the water damage is too serious, then consider professional help.

  • Location of the mold

Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected, both outdoors and indoors, all year round. If the areas where mold is detected aren’t confined, then professional help may be unnecessary.

However, if found in tight spaces like attics and crawl spaces, then seek professional help.

  • Vulnerability to mold health effects

Some people are more susceptible to mold than others. The elderly and children are more susceptible than healthy individuals.