Mold is in the Air

Mold cases are increasing. More and more, home inspectors find mold in attics during the inspection.

In the last year, I have had about 10 mold cases: In onecase, the Buyer backed out of the contract. A few days later the Buyer reconsidered and signed a new contract, for $5,000 less than the last one, but accepting the property “as is.” In another case, a mold remediator was called in, the seller cleaned up the mold for about $2500 and the Buyer closed. The cost of remediating the mold is between $1500 and $8000, I have found.

If the inspector finds mold, a mold remediation company is called in to examine it, clean it up and stop the leakage that caused it in the first place. Generally, home inspectors will not do mold remediation; they just indentify a mold problem.

If you are thinking of selling a home it may be wise to inspect your attic for mold before it goes on the market. Click here for a good mold primer.

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