Mold is all around us. It is part of the natural world and generally harmless. However, when dealing with the wrong type or large quantities, this microscopic organism can become a hazard for your property and your health. That is why, when considering any home on the market, we suggest having a thorough mold inspection and testing prior to closing the deal.
However, even when mold is present, there’s no need to panic. And it’s not necessarily a reason to discount an otherwise ideal home, either. Indeed, with thorough decontamination and prevention, it is possible to restore most homes to safe and mold-free conditions.
If you find yourself considering a mold contaminated property, consider adjusting your offer and negotiations accordingly. In fact, many sellers will even offer a credit for the cost of remediation. In such a scenario, be sure to get a reputable quote from a Certified Mold Removal Company, or a Certified Decontamination Specialist in your area.
Be sure to address the source of the mold in your offer as well, including any necessary repairs. (Mold needs moisture, low-light conditions, and a food source to thrive. So keep an eye out for leaky pipes, water damage, and spongy or deteriorating walls.)
For those purchasing property to rent or lease, be aware that (in Utah,) landlords can be responsible for additional expenses during the mold removal process. That may include tenant displacement and certain damages to property or health. As such, you’ll want to take care in accurately appraising any needed decontamination before you buy.
For additional questions about buying a mold contaminated property, call a Certified Decontamination Specialist in your area. If you’re in Utah, we’re happy to help with any of your mold testing needs or to provide you with a referral to a reputable inspector. Feel free to call us at (801) 888-6698.