Mold Discovered During A Home Inspection: Now What?
Having an inspection done on a home before closing is one of the smartest decisions you can make as a buyer. However, when an inspection report turns up findings of mold, you may find yourself questioning whether or not you even want to go through with the purchase of the home. The good news is that in most cases, mold can be removed or remedied without too much issue. Still, for your health and safety, there are some steps you should take if your home inspection report has any findings of mold.
Order an Air Quality Test
Any time there is visible mold within a home, whether it be in a bathroom or hidden in an attic, this means there are mold spores floating throughout the air you're breathing while inside the home. When a home inspection report indicates the presence of mold, the first step you should take is to order a separate air quality test (if this wasn't done as part of the inspection). This way, you can find out exactly how much (if at all) the presence of the mold is affecting the indoor air itself.
Consider the Type of Mold
Hopefully, your inspection report will indicate the type of mold that was found within the structure. If not, you may need to have a mold testing specialist come out and confirm this. Generally, so long as you're not dealing with the presence of black mold within the home, the process of removing and cleaning up the mold shouldn't be a huge issue. If black mold is present, then there may be more work and cost involved in remediation.
Revisit Your Negotiations
Generally, the sellers of a home with mold will be expected to pay for remediation and removal services. Therefore, you'll want to speak with your real estate agent and have him or her revisit negotiations with the seller's agent until an agreement can be reached.
Make Sure it Won't Come Back
No matter what type of agreement is reached in terms of who will pay for mold remediation, the most important thing to make sure of is that the mold is removed and will not come back. This means that additional measures may need to be taken to prevent moisture problems that led to the mold growth in the first place. For example, if mold was growing in a humid attic space, then a new attic ventilation system may need to be installed to prevent future problems.