Mold Inspections for Real Estate Closings – Mold Inspection Monmouth County
Mold Inspections for Real Estate Closings
When mold is present in a home for sale, this can pose a problem for sellers and buyers alike. No one wants to buy a home with mold! Both parties may not even know mold is present until an inspector finds it. What happens next can make or break the sale. As a buyer, you need to know what to look for and the right questions to ask. By law, sellers must disclose any knowledge of mold problems. They must then take the necessary steps to remove it, or deduct money off the price of the home so the new buyers can address it.
All About Mold in the Home
Mold, a fungus that is black, white, green, or gray in appearance, thrives in moisture. That’s why you’ll typically find it in bathrooms, crawl spaces, basements and attics. Some mold is visible and may even have a smell, while other mold is hidden away behind walls, under floors and above ceilings. These locations make it hard for anyone to know mold is even there. Because mold loves damp areas, you can bet it’s growing in basement corners where water has accumulated, or in poorly ventilated bathrooms. Even paneling, wallboard, carpet, paint, and ceiling tiles that have come into contact with water can grow mold.
Mold is unsightly, to be sure, but it also poses health risks. In extreme cases, mold can produce mycotoxins, leading to rashes, seizures, bleeding, respiratory problems, and severe fatigue. As you can tell by now, mold can absolutely bring a potential home sale to a screeching halt. So what can you do?
Call in the Specialists
If you suspect there may be mold in your home, it’s important to cover all your bases before putting it up for sale. That way, you can have any problems addressed well before any deal is on the line. But it’s never too late to call us. If you already placed your home on the market and the mold inspector found signs of mold, call us right away to remedy the problem before it costs you the sale.
Even if the mold inspector says you have mold, it’s still wise to get a professional opinion. Call Stock Environmental Consulting to come out and do some mold testing. We can run some tests, such as:
- Bulk samples: An actual piece of the sampled area is removed and sent for testing.
- Swab samples: A cotton swab rubbed over the affected area is sent for testing at the lab.
- Tape samples: Clear tape is pressed against the area to pick up mold spores and is sent to the lab.
Ensuring a smooth real estate closing means you as the seller must address the problem of the mold first and foremost. Be open and honest about what and where it is. Notify the buyer that you will either take care of the mold testing and removal on your own or reduce the asking price so they can take care of it once they gain ownership. Once the problem is addressed, there should be no reason to not go through with the sale of the property.
Contact Stock Environmental Consulting at 732-383-5190 if you need mold testing and mold inspection as part of a real estate closing.