What You Need To When Selling A House With Mold Mold
Let’s all agree right now.. Stachybotrys chartarum, better known as black mold, is absolutely DISGUSTING! It is the last thing that you want to deal with in your home. Not only can it effect the sale of a home, but it can also affect the health of you, your family, and anyone else that comes into contact with the mold. According to the CDC, mold can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, eye irritation and even skin irritation. None of these symptoms sound like fun to deal with.
Unfortunately, there is the potential for mold growth in any home, no matter the age or condition of the property. If you encounter mold in the home before you decide to sell, or if you’ve bought a home with mold, all hope is not lost. We will educate you on what causes mold, ways that you can prevent mold, and your options when selling a house with mold.
What Causes Mold?
Humidity is one of the most common causes for mold growth. If the humidity in a room stays high for long enough, that is all that is needed for mold to start to grow. If you’re home tends to stay humid, or you live in a generally humid area, do your best to keep your home ventilated as much as possible. You can do this by, opening the windows during the day (avoid opening your windows when raining though) turning on your air conditioner, and by purchasing a dehumidifier for your house.
Keep an eye on the humidity in your kitchen and bathroom as well. When cooking, use exhaust fans to keep the kitchen as cool as possible. To lower the humidity in your bathroom, taking cool showers, wiping down shower stalls, walls and doors, and hanging wet towels outside of your bathroom are all things that you can do to reduce humidity, and keep the mold away.
There could be many reasons for moisture problems in your home. Moisture issues usually arise from the actual construction of your home or building. During the building of homes, the contractors sometimes seal building so tightly, that the building lacks proper ventilation. Inadequate ventilation will cause moisture to buildup indoors and help mold grow. Other common moisture problems include, a leaky roof, leaky pipes in your home, and high humidity.
Condensation is the process by which water vapor in the air is changed into liquid water. Condensation is often a sign of humidity. When warm, humid air contacts a cold surface, condensation may start to form. Condensation usually occurs on the perimeter walls of your home, which are often cooler than the inside of your home.Be sure to check your attic and basement, along with other areas of your home regularly for condensation.
Mold is a living organism and it needs food to survive. When you find mold in your bedroom closest, or in a kitchen cabinet, it’s likely feeding off of the organic materials contained in wood panels. It may also be feeding on small amounts of dust and dirt that are there no matter how well you clean.
It is virtually impossible to remove mold food sources. A more practical way to get a hold of the mold the mold is by controlling the other elements such as, moisture, humidity and condensation.
Verified Ways That You Can Treat Mold
If you suspect that you have mold in your home, the first step would be to get a mold inspection. A mold inspection could cost anywhere between $300 and $600, depending on your location.
Mold removal your house can be a major task, and remediation can be expensive if the mold is widespread. The best solution to mold problems is to prevent them from ever happening. Here are some tips on preventing mold:
Repair Leaks Immediately
Whether it is a leak in your roof or a rusted out water pipe, fix leaks propmptly and keep moisture out of your house.
Dry Wet Areas Immediately
If your basement floods or condensation from your air-conditioner drips onto a carpet, dry everything out within 24 to 48 hours. Mold needs moisture to grow, so prompt drying is super important
Prevent Moisture With Proper Ventilation
Open windows, use air conditioners, ceiling fans ,exhaust fans and dehumidifiers to ventilate your home.
Monitor Humidity In Your Home
The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter purchased from your local hardware store. Signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls. If you notice condensation, dry the surface immediately and address the source of moisture.
Your Options When Selling A Home That Has/Had Mold
There several ways to sell a home that has/had mold. You can hire a local real estate agent and list your house on the open market, you can sell your house by yourself, which is also known as For Sale By Owner, or you can sell to a your DMV house fast to a home buying company like Fit Guy Buys Houses.
If you want to sell your house without a realtor and avoid paying agent fees or commissions, or don’t have the time, patience and resources available to sell the house by yourself, then selling to Fit Guy Buys Houses may be the option for you.
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