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Can You Sell a House With Mold in It?

Sunday, March 5th, 2017 by Anthony Picarello


Homeowners can't solve a mold problem by selling their home to an unsuspecting buyer. Once a realtor or inspector finds suspicious fungal growth a certified mold inspector must confirm if mold is present and this must be disclosed on the listing.

Legal Concerns

Mold litigation is on the rise. More and more attorneys are handling cases relating to mold exposure. In these cases some pretty hefty judgments and settlements have been awarded.

Real estate agents need to inform their sellers that, legally, they need to disclose any mold problems. This is especially true if that homeowner knows there's a mold problem that may not be apparent from a basic home inspection. Also, if the buyers inspector finds suspicious fungal growth, the seller must determine what the growth is and if it is mold. 

Although mold exists everywhere, it prefers dark, moist places, such as inside your wall cavities. A roof that has slowly leaked for a long time creates moisture and encourages mold growth.

By the time you see mold growing on the outside of the wall, it’s usually pretty thick on the inside. Combine an elevated mold condition with a particularly sensitive person, and you may have a lawsuit.

 

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