No Home is Immune From Mold
No home is immune from potential mold growth. Mold spores are everywhere; they linger in the air unnoticed, microscopic spores that settle into warm, moist, dark environments. There they multiply, grow and thrive. It is not uncommon for mold in a home to go unnoticed until the thriving colony is discovered during a routine inspection in preparation to buy or sell a property.
Mold Will Likely Prevent Your Home from Selling
Unprepared homeowners can have the sale of their home delayed or revoked due to mold issues. This can be devastating. Not only is the seller faced with the loss of a prospective buyer, they also have to deal with having the mold removed in the midst of trying to sell.
When you want to sell your home, it's important to take the initiative to be certain your home is free of mold. If you have ever had any water damage in your home, or live in a moist, humid area, you may want to consider having your home inspected by a mold detection service before listing with a realtor. Taking responsibility for any potential problems before taking on buyers may help ensure you are ready to sell once the right buyer comes along.
The Potential Health Risks of a Mold in Your Environment
It is rare for someone to agree to buy a home with a known mold problem. In fact, mold is one of the top reasons that prospective buyers will pull an offer.
To potential home buyers, mold is not only unattractive; it is perceived as an indication that the home could be unhealthy to live in. It is essential to eliminate mold as soon as it is discovered, even if you are not planning on selling your home. Mold can severely compromise your family's health. Some of the potential health risks of mold include:
- Mold Sensitivity- sensitivity can develop over time due to prolonged exposure. Those who are sensitive may experience chest and nasal congestion, coughing, headaches, a sore throat, and watering or dry eyes.
- Mold-Related Infections- those with compromised immune systems or existing lung conditions are more susceptible to getting lung infections caused by mold spores.
- Respiratory Conditions- mold can cause respiratory symptoms in otherwise healthy people and intensify symptoms in those who already have a respiratory condition.
- Chronic and Severe Conditions – some types of mold produce dangerous toxins that can be absorbed by the skin, airways, and digestive tract. Prolonged exposure can cause lung scarring or bleeding, immune disorders, neurotoxicity, cancer, and pregnancy complications.
Selling a Home With Black Mold
Black mold, commonly found in damp or wet areas, releases byproducts into the air that can damage lungs. Black mold can be either black or green in color. Infections from black mold are most prevalent in Infants, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. Mold spores do not need to be alive to cause health issues.
The Ideal Environment for Mold to Grow
Depending on the climate where you live, it can be nearly impossible to prevent mold from growing. You may be pleased to learn that most mold problems are found not to be too serious or difficult to remediate. Most often, a serious mold problem is the result of water damage or a plumbing leak that has gone unnoticed.
Even if you don't see any mold in your home, it could still exist. Your walls and ceilings can be a breeding ground for undetected mold. Unless you see visible spots on your walls, there is no way to know if there is mold behind your walls or within your insulation without a professional inspection.
Mold can thrive in nearly any damp, dark area, particularly in warm, humid climates. While you may already be in the habit of checking for mold under your sinks or around your pipes, there are many warm moist places that mold can grow. Some other common places for mold to grow include:
- Heating and air conditioning vents
- Garbage Disposals
- Beneath your carpeting
- Behind your wallpaper
- Fireplaces and chimneys, both cool and dark and potentially damp when not in use
- Your attic, mold in your attic can quickly spread to other areas of your home.
- Your home's insulation
- Around windows and windowsills
- Near a water heater or furnace
- Around the soffit vents that provide the ventilation to your attic
- Around any pipes or ducting, look for leaks and condensation
- The foundation of your home
- Around garage doors and windows
- The threshold of exterior doors
A Proactive Response Could Improve Your Standing with a Potential Buyer
When you are making arrangements to sell your home, consider having your home inspected for mold before listing with a realtor. This gives you time to assess your situation and handle any potential mold infestations responsibly. Don't make the mistake of finding hidden mold problems late in the game. A home inspection by a mold detection service will give you peace of mind. You will know that your home is mold free and ready to sell.
Your potential buyers will appreciate your efforts. Knowing that your home, the home they want to buy, has been inspected and cleared for mold, or the mold has been professionally managed, will show your buyers that you are on top of your game.
Mold is a liability for the seller. Once a mold issue is known to exist, sellers are required to report the problem to all prospective buyers. That's the law, even if the buyer does not ask. Your realtor is also responsible for alerting prospective buyers of any known conditions that could affect the value of a home. This includes mold problems, past or present. If mold is discovered, be sure to save all of your documentation for any procedures or repairs. This allows you to show prospective buyers details of previous issues and proof of using an effective form of mold removal.
Safe mold remediation is best handled by an experienced professional. For safe, non-toxic, organic mold removal and prevention in DelrayBeach, Florida, contact ATP Environmental Solution Specialists. Eliminate potentially toxic mold with our environmentally safe pet-friendly formula.
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