Protect Yourself Against Mold with a
Certified Mold Inspector
The issues surrounding mold can be taken care of with some
education and preventative measures. Fear is in the unknown, don’t shy away from the
issue and hope it will go away. It won’t, attacking it head on will resolve potential
issues and make the job selling and listing homes easier for all involved.
reading this true story ask yourself who is at fault, who is liable, what will the new
home owners do, what would I do and how can I protect myself and my clients from this
happening to them?
young couple bought their first home. This was a big day for them. The realtor they were
working with recommended that they get the home inspected and provided them with a
company that does so. The home inspector did the normal unregulated (in Idaho) home
inspection for the couple. They received the report and the couple felt everything was
fine since nothing was out of the ordinary, or so they thought. He was a recommended
certified home inspector.
after the couple moved in some defects were detected in the home that was omitted from
sprinkler system when operated had a number of broken heads, and leaked at the junction
box. One sprinkler head leaked so severely that the basement began to flood via the
window area. The pipes under the kitchen sink leaked, this was quite apparent from the
grease and food particles on the pipes.
It did not
end here. The leaky pipes under the sink went untreated which resulted in the perfect
environment for mold growth.
board of the cabinet began to rot and grow mold. The water from the leak and now the mold
spores found its way under baseboard, up the back wall, underneath the tile floor in
front of the cabinet, and through to the sub flooring.
home owners would do nothing. The home inspector said he did not inspect for mold, though
denied that the pipes leaked and could not see the rot in the baseboard. And the realtors
for the buyer and the sellers denied any wrong doing. So the couple had it inspected,
tested and repaired.
that leave the new home owners? Only one place that I can think of, join the growing
numbers of law suits that have been established since mold has hit the forefront of the
they sue? Who will their attorney say to sue? Are the new home owners just? You are
entitled to your own opinion. However, the facts are what they are.
situation preventable? Does the old adage "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of
cure" mean anything? I think it does.
of mold does and will continue to affect the real estate industry. Home ownership for
first time buyers may be more difficult, home loans may be more difficult to obtain, and
insurance coverage may be questionable. As realtors you can help and address the concerns
of buyers, sellers, insurance companies, mortgage companies, and yourselves.
certified mold inspector clear the home of mold infestation can be a valuable tool for
the sale or purchase of a new or previously lived in home. Take the pressure off and
attack the issue head on. If a home is infested it can be eradicated and be cleared of
mold. It will cost some money to eradicate the mold, it is well worth the expense now
rather than waiting to later as the mold damage continues on and it will be more than
many reputable firms that can and will do an exceptional job inspecting, as well as
eradicating. Here are two web sites you can use to find companies in your area that will
do either. http://www.sanjan.com and http://www.mistermold.com.
It is now up
Donald Zebe, CMI
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