Water damage and mold are two things that evaluators will look closely at. So, you'll want to hire a mold remediation company that will repair any water and mold damage that's left over. However, if you notice the growth of a mold-like substance on the walls, ceilings, or floors of a house in areas that should be dry, this may be indicative of an area where mold growth may occur. Whenever major mold remediation is necessary, there will be a negative impact on market value.
As already mentioned, proper mold remediation is very expensive. Therefore, this type of situation is likely to have a big impact on market value. Just the word can inspire anxiety even in the most relaxed owner. Not only does mold affect your personal health and safety, it can also directly affect the value of your property.
Buying a home or condo is an investment, and to make sure it becomes profitable, preventing mold should be at the top of your priority list. Both the case study conducted by the Johnson team, Welcome and the research by Frank and Schoppa point out that some homebuyers will not consider buying even properly treated homes with a history of mold at full price. Schioppa estimates that homes that have undergone proper and documented treatment for mold lose about 3 percent of their value. The house covered by the equipment still lost 50 percent of its value even after proper treatment.
However, attitudes towards mold are changing, according to Patrick Barta of the Wall Street Journal, so the figure presented by Schoppa seems more realistic. Remember, the goal of mold remediation is to have an indoor spore count that is equal to or lower than the outdoor spore count. If you were hired to appraise a home that had untreated mold for 7 years and you need to set the value “as is” for a court to determine the value, without doing the remediation, not knowing how much it has spread on floors, walls and ceilings, could you certify the current value “as is”?. As has already been said, it is always best to wear a suitable respirator before entering an area with mold growth.
These spores can cause disease and the spread of mold infestation should be controlled by a licensed mold removal specialist. These are just some of the reasons why, for your physical and financial health, you need to be alert to avoid mold in your home, and why you should eradicate it as soon as it appears. Never think about buying a home that is infected with mold, unless you receive a price reduction that more than covers mold removal by qualified professionals. Removing mold is labor intensive, with great care when using proper PPE (personal protective equipment) and following containment protocol.
Mold in these areas is often discovered during the sales transaction by an inspector or appraiser. Finally, if you are a seller, be sure to thoroughly check the home for mold and water damage to avoid diminishing property values and potential legal issues due to disclosure laws. Most mold problems can be corrected, and you will already encounter the wall of the negative perception of buyers, so the best strategy is to restore your space as quickly as possible to get your house back on the market and to stoke the enthusiasm of buyers if you are already in the middle of negotiations. These organisms include the potentially toxic black mold, Stachybotrys chartarum, which can spread throughout the house as it reproduces by spilling microscopic spores.
Control humidity levels in your home with appliances such as exhaust fans and dehumidifiers to keep mold to a minimum. For example, no potential buyer wants to enter a house with mold, it's just not attractive. If your home is infested with mold, contact a mold reduction specialist and have it cleaned thoroughly. If you are an appraiser, home inspector or agent, I recommend that you keep a respirator, with proper VOC filters, in your vehicle in case you need to enter a home with visible mold growth.