There are many little issues to look out for when buying a new home, and as a realtor our list gets bigger and bigger. Whether it’s Chinese drywall, termites, or deadly zombies; the list keeps getting longer on ways we need to protect our clients.
We always preach location, good electrical/plubming/hvac, knowing the construction of the house is solid (block vs wood frame), and a number of other critical factors. The one issue that is shocking me to find more and more of in Florida real estate, is mold. There are a lot of different types of mildew that can grow in a house and can even in some cases lead to structural harm. Worst of all though is that it’s horrible for your health to breathe in.
One of the worst parts of having to help look out for mildew and/or mold is it’s tough to find because it grows in dark and moist areas which might be normally hidden somewhere within the structural areas of the home similar to attics and basements. I’ve seen one situation where a previous owner had an obvious plumbing issue that soaked the drywall, and yet, instead of replacing it – they painted over it. In this particular case I smelt a hint of the mold and popped off a baseboard. Luckily, I’ve learned lots of tips from my long time friend in the construction industry, and he’s since become a certified expert that I have inspect homes I’m dealing with if I even have the faintest thought it could have mold, I always work with my friends, the Orlando mold specialists - Associated Environmental Services.
By the time mold shows up in the living area, it’s surely already all over the home. Without the proper precaution and plan, these projects are both dangerous and expensive. Have an expert on your side and don’t be afraid to get multiple quotes. It’s also vital that you make sure the companies you deal with have mold certification, and long-term experience with drywall and home construction projects.
One of the vital locations for mold to form is wherever there is poor ventilation. If a home has ever flooded and was not fully or correctly cleaned and dried after, this will greatly decrease the value of the home because of the structural and help ramifications it has. Leaky plumbing and basement crawlspaces are different, but also candidates for mold.
Mildew can be a troublesome project to fully do away with because of how quickly it spreads before you can find it. The most likely causes is usually that moisture finds its way into the home through defective or leaky roofs and foundations. Both of these areas needs to be checked over by an experienced mold inspector on a fairly regular basis if your home has ever had an issue. Mold may be a costly problem to cope with, so be pro-active about in search of it, it will possibly prevent money within the lengthy run.
Robert runs around working toward the best possible out come for his clients. Let his experience become your advantage if you're looking for Winter Park real estate, where he regularly battles the all powerful mold often found in the area's beautiful historical homes.