Q & A Saturday – Can I Sell a House with Mold?

Welcome to our Q & A Saturday video.

In these Q & A Videos we will answer your questions about real estate.  Any real estate related topic from questions about selling your house, buying a house, real estate investor questions, land lording questions, local market questions and many others things are all fair game. 

Today’s question is “Can I Sell a House with Mold?

Moldy House - Selling a Moldy House - MA and NH Real Estate

In this video Shaun discusses an overview of how to deal with mold issues when selling a house.

 

Some of the main points covered in this video are:

1)      When mold was discovered, roughly

2)      Different types of mold

3)      Measures you can take before even testing for mold

4)      Mold testing vs. mold remediation

5)      Prevention is the best solution

6)      What you have to do if you have a major mold problem

 

Mold has become a very sensitive issue over the last 20 or so years.  Prior to that you did not hear nearly as much talk about mold and the problems it can cause.  Like most things the pendulum has swung very far in the other direction.  While mold can cause dangerous health condition there are many kind of benign mold that do not cause problems but most people will want any known mold taken care of.  The best way to avoid and remove mold is to cut it off at the source.  Most mold issues come from moisture so make sure you have no plumbing leaks, no water penetration from the outside and proper ventilation throughout the house.  Most retail buyers will be very scared of mold if they test for it and an expensive remediation might be needed to have the sale go through (if it is truly necessary or not).  If you hope to sell your house “as is” make sure to identify any mold issues ahead of time and mitigate any minor issues (serious toxic mold issues should ALWAYS be handled by professionals).  If you want to sell a house with mold you might want to consider talking to investors like us that are not concerned with minor mold problems and will take care of those issues after purchase to save you the time and expense of dealing with the process.

Hope you enjoyed the video and leave any other questions you have about the topic below or any other topics you would like to see covered in future videos.  I encourage anyone that has things they would like to talk about to let me know what they are.  You can always fill out a contact us form here and put Q & A in the subject, just leave a comment with your questions below here, send an email to info@masshomesale.com, or post it on our Facebook page or Twitter account.

 

Resources mentioned in the video and some other useful resources and good articles:

–          Our Video on If you can sell a house with a failed Septic System  

–          Our Video on How to Sell a Fire Damaged House

–          Our Video on Getting a Home Inspection

–          Our Articles and Videos about selling a house as is

 

 

 

(Image Credit: Moldy House in Flagler County via SERVPRO of Flagler County on YouTube)

 

Comments

  1. When people get home inspections do those inspections usually look and test for mold? We don’t know if we have any mold issues (we haven’t encountered any so far) but we want to get rid of anything just in case someone discovers some while we’re selling the house. Also, is it even possible for someone to test for mold in a whole house if we don’t know if we have any problems? Say, if our daughter has bad asthma and we’d like to see if that’s triggering her when she’s indoors?

    • Hi Janelle,

      A typical home inspection usually would not test for mold. Many inspectors might have a basic mold test as an add on. Often a specialist is brought in for those types of tests especially if you want to sell a house that you either want to prove has no mold or that any treatment you did remove all the mold.
      A specialist will do several tests and take samples in many different areas of the house and will provide an extensive report of the findings, along with recommendations on mitigation solutions if there is mold present.

      For the question about your daughter you most definitely can test for mold to see if there is anything present that is causing issues.

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