If you are like most agents, you probably cringe when you hear the word “mold”, but you don’t have to feel that way any longer. If mold has interfered with a real estate closing, or if you’re concerned that it may, listen up. This blog will dispel five common mold myths and teach you how to prevent it from even entering the negotiations.
1. The Inspector Found Mold; I’m Going to Lose the Deal
Mold doesn’t have to kill a deal! Reassure your client that you can refer a professional, certified mold remediation company that can come in to assess the situation and provide a solution. Mold is manageable and by eliminating the source and exercising a few systematic steps to remove it, the number of lost sales can be drastically decreased.
2. Mold is the Next Asbestos
Asbestos is manufactured, while mold is not. Builders purposefully place asbestos inside buildings for fire-prevention. However, mold grows naturally. Mold can be prevented through proper home and building maintenance. Asbestos cannot.
Almost every breath we take includes mold spores, as opposed to asbestos. There is a lack of consensus in the medical industry linking mold to specific medical ailments, unlike asbestos, which has been directly linked to cancer and methelioma. To date, there are no federal guidelines for permissible mold exposure limits, as there are for asbestos.
3. Mold Remediation Companies are WAY TOO EXPENSIVE
Hiring a skilled remediation contractor to eliminate a mold problem may not be the cheapest item on the repair list, but it will be one of the most important and worthwhile repairs you’ll make. Contractors cannot properly remediate a home or building by using quick, low-cost measures.
Mold remediation, done properly and effectively, is an extremely detailed process and takes time and expertise. Professionally credentialed companies have been certified in proper inspection and remediation techniques, and will, thus, typically cost a little more than less-credentialed competition, because they are performing the cleanup correctly the first time around. But they are worth it, and you will be glad you hired the most qualified experts on the field. They will not only save you the deal, they will save you from dreaded liability suits down the road.
4. Bleach Gets the Job Done
Contrary to popular belief, when you apply bleach to kill mold on a porous surface, (i.e. wood, drywall, grout, carpet, etc.) it
actually facilitates mold growth rather than stunts or prevents it. The chlorine molecules stay on the surface and will only kill a fraction of the mold, while the water in bleach (the main component of bleach) sinks into the material, thus promoting growth.
5. My Handyman Can Take Care of It
Mold remediation isn’t the same thing as fixing a leaky faucet. It takes a certified professional to do it properly. If remediation is not correctly performed, according to nationally recognized guidelines, not only can
the entire home or building be contaminated, but the entire project may have to be re-done, causing both inconvenience and significant added cost. Improper cleaning techniques can also put building occupants at risk.
Hiring a certified professional will not only guarantee a mold remediation protocol specific to your needs, but will ensure the
problem is remedied safely, quickly and effectively.