You’re selling property with a mold problem, now what?

How to solve your properties mold problem

If you manage a property, or own the property yourself, you should know mold isn’t taken lightly when it comes to selling your property. Having mold in your ducts, or vents can be a huge turn off to potential buyers! 

Buyer will, and often do worry about the homes structural integrity, the appearance of the property, and water damage and mold. Selling a home with a known mold problem and not disclosing it can lead to serious infractions, so we suggest just getting it cleaned up. Not only that, but it can also jeopardize the home sale–or experience a significant price drop on the market. 

Step One; Mold Remediation

The first step that needs to be completed prior to selling a property with a mold problem is to conduct a mold remediation. Mold remediation needs to be handled by a licensed, and insured company due to the regulatory standards in the state of Texas, You can learn more about that here : https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/mld/mldfaq.htm
Mold remediation is always an option and not required. However; Ecostar can remedy your home of mold in just a few short days. Give us a call for a free same day estimate!

Do-it-yourself mold remediation

Most property owners and managers like to save a few bucks and do as much of the work they can on their own. In cases like this, it’s really not advisable. Mostly due to the fact that you need to be licensed with the state in order to perform mold remediation, but also you can’t issue a certificate to your realtor prior to selling because  you won’t be able to provide the level of confidence most home owners need. 

However; there are some options you can try to help reduce the spread, and activation period of mold while you’re waiting for us to arrive!

A basic water and bleach mixture can help thwart the mold growth. This is not a long term solution to mold, but it will help you mitigate the mold until someone can arrive to help. 

Conduct a Mold Inspection

You can get rid of mold by yourself. However, DIY mold detection is not sufficient to identify or understand the scope of the mold problem in your property. Instead, you will need to have a professional mold inspection by a qualified expert and have your HVAC system cleaned. Also, relying on allergic symptoms or smell is not a good strategy to detect mold; that’s why a mold inspection is a great move, especially if you suspect there’s mold. Here’s what an inspection will help you identify. 

  1. The type of mold present; is it pathogenic, allergic, or toxigenic?
  2. The scope or extent of the mold contamination.
  3. What brings about the problem; for instance, moisture and debris may lead to mold in air duct and HVAC systems.
  4. The estimated work and expense. 

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