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There’s not a person in the world who’d willingly want to buy a home that is infested with mold. However, purchases like these are made because the microscopic spores can be hard to detect with the eyes when it is not severe.
The best areas to check for mold are the ceilings, beneath the floor, between the walls, or in less conspicuous areas such as the attic and basements. Mold is highly attracted to water and can be found where there is carpet, paneling, pain, or wallboards.
It can also nest in other areas that have poor ventilation, extreme dampness or areas that did not have adequate time to dry in the event the house once dealt with flooding.
Mold is a fungus that may be green, gray, black, or white and it comes in various shapes and can cause serious health complications.
Side effects such as rashes, unusual bleeding, respiratory issues, seizures, and extreme fatigue can occur when mold is toxic. Worst case scenario: it can also produce mycotoxins which are far more deadly.
If you are uncertain if a home has mold, or would like a second opinion, give Reliable Home Inspections a call.
If you do decide to go on with the purchase, and the owner was not aware of the mold, you can ask the seller to lower the asking price on the house so you can pay to resolve the problem. Alternatively, you can have the seller take care of the mold issue before you finalize the purchase.