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Real Estate 101

What can be done if mold is suspected in a home?

The seller and realtor are legally obliged to disclose any known information about material defects in the home, so send them both a certified letter asking about any water damage and mold damage history for the house. In that letter, request a short extension in the closing date of the sale so you can hire a company to test the home for mold. Mold inspection and testing will help determine the presence of mold, the type of mold that may be present, and the quantity of mold spores that are airborne in the home. There are three major methods of testing for mold:

  • Swab testing checks for visible mold, mildew or fungus. This test works well for bathrooms and other interior areas where humidity and moisture levels are high.
  • Air testing determines concentration levels and types of airborne molds in the home. This test works well in the absence of visible molds.
  • Carpet testing can help determine the presence of mold in carpeting. Once the presence and type of mold has been determined, there are companies that specialize in the safe removal of existing mold.

Why is it important to test for mold?

Mold exposure can cause adverse allergic reactions and can aggravate some existing health conditions. Factors include the type of mold in the home, the degree to which the mold has spread, and the sensitivity of the individual to a particular type of mold.

This information is provided as a service. As every situation varies, it is strongly advised to seek counsel from independent tax advisors, tax attorneys, and/or CPAs.