Mold Devalues A Home: Here’s What To Do

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Mold devalues a home so it’s the last thing you need if you want to get a good price for your home.

Like most people who want to sell and have discovered mold, you’re probably wondering how to get rid of mold in the house. Or how to get rid of mold on the walls. Do you even have to disclose it? Here’s all you need to know about mold and selling your home.

Is Mold A Big Deal?

Mold is common in California, so is it that bad? Yes, it should be treated as a serious issue. Not only does it cause a range of health issues, but the presence of mold devalues a home quite significantly.

Can A Moldy House Be Saved?

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Absolutely! But the bad news is that it’s not just a question of wiping it off and applying some disinfectant. One of the reasons mold devalues a home is because it can weaken its structure and make it dangerous.

So yes, a moldy home can definitely be saved with professional mold remediation. However, if the mold has already attacked porous materials like drapes or furniture, these will have to be discarded.

Step one is for us to find and eliminate the source of the mold. Whether it’s a leaking appliance or poor attic ventilation, this should be sorted out first. Then we can move on to eliminating the mold, and restoring your home.

Mold Disclosure

Some of our customers ask us, is it legal to sell a house with mold? Yes, but in California, legally you have to disclose it. So if the buyer found mold in the house after the purchase, you’d be legally liable. Don’t risk a lawsuit when all you want is to settle into your new home.

The onus is on the seller to disclose mold, rather than the buyer to find out if there is mold. After all, mold often lurks in the attic or crawl space where people don’t often go.

And mold is something that needs to be disclosed upfront. Otherwise you risk completely eroding the trust between you.

Will Buyers Still Want Home With Mold?

Most people wouldn’t risk buying a house that had mold because of the health implications and because mold is a problem that gets worse over time. Buyers know that mold devalues a home so buying a house with mold is a poor long-term investment.

As many potential buyers will back out immediately at the prospect of a moldy house, you should seriously consider mold remediation for your California home before selling.

Checking Your Attics And Crawl Spaces For Mold

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Mold likes cool, damp places to grow undisturbed. A leaky roof you haven’t noticed yet can provide ideal conditions for mold.

So if you haven’t seen any mold, it’s worth checking out the attic and crawl space thoroughly before putting your home on the market. Call the Save The Day Restoration attic and crawl space team for this job, because we know where to look and we have specialist breathing equipment.

And if there’s mold? It’s not the end of the world. Mold devalues a home so you’ll get a better price if you get mold remediation.

Fixing Water Damage

A typical reason mold grows is water damage that’s been left too long. That’s why it’s essential to get water damage seen to by pros like Save The Day Restoration within 24 hours. Unbelievably, that’s all the time mold needs to grow.

Do you have old water damage? Water damage can be from leaky roofs, leaking or burst pipes or toilets, among other things. If so, call us to fix the source of the water damage, the mold itself and restore the area so it’s strong and attractive again.

Did You Have A Flood?

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Some homeowners hope the water will evaporate or sink into the ground. Don’t believe it. If you’ve had a flood in your California home you need to call Save The Day Restoration right away to pump out the water.

We offer 24/7 emergency services because it’s important to remove the water as soon as possible. When your home is dry and sanitized, mold can’t start to grow.

Selling A House After Mold Remediation

If a buyer was interested in buying a house that had mold, they would expect a bargain. So how much are we talking about? Sadly for buyers, mold devalues a home by around 20% to 50%.

You can see that professional mold remediation is well worth it to get your asking price back up to what it could be. Selling a house after mold remediation is a much easier job, and more profitable.

What Mold Can Do To Your Health

The reason you need to disclose mold damage by law in California is serious.

Mold causes a whole host of problems, mostly with breathing. It exacerbates asthma and allergies, and long exposure can even cause death.

A buyer may decide against buying a house that had mold because someone in the family had respiratory problems, or a weak immune system, such as young children or the elderly.

Why Mold Remediation Is Best Left To Professionals

Unfortunately, mold eats into anything it touches so often mold covers a structure that is now weak. The Save The Day team knows just how to get rid of mold in the house safely, and restore your home too.

Wondering how to get rid of mold on the walls? It’s a dangerous job in the wrong hands because the whole wall, or what it’s supporting can collapse.

It’s true that mold devalues a home, but so does incorrectly carried out mold restoration work.

Get The Price You Deserve For Your Home With Save The Day Restoration

Mold devalues a home significantly, so there’s no time to lose. The sooner we can start on the mold remediation, the faster we can stop mold in its tracks. We even offer 24/7 services for your peace of mind.

Make a great choice and call Save the Day Restoration at (562) 246-9908 or email us at [email protected]. You can also fill out our form.

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