Mold is definitely a subject we would all like to avoid. For the average person, mold can conjure up a lot of negative imagery. Fortunately in Colorado, thanks to our dry climate, mold is not usually an issue we expect to see arise during a typical real estate transaction. However, since the Colorado floods of 2013, we have heard an emerging question that is standard for buyers and their agents ask home sellers when starting their due diligence, which is "Was there any flood damage to your home in 2013?". Even if the answer is no, home sellers should be prepared and get a little education in the event any moisture issues existed in the history of the home.
There are over 100,000 different types of molds, and while all molds found growing indoors should all be cleaned up, there are not all dangerous. Don't forget that yeast and penicillin are both molds we certainly have come to depend upon in our modern world. For a moment, think of the 440 known species of sharks swimming in our planet's oceans. Only about a dozen of them are considered dangerous to humans (okay, maybe a reach for an analogy, but hopefully you get my point!). Minor molds can be killed with bleach, but if your carpet or wood floors have been flooded or stained, they should be replaced and the area tested to determine if remediation is necessary.
According to Realtor.com, there are some specific steps to preventing mold in your home. Whether or not you are getting ready to sell your home or if you plan to stay awhile, consider these steps:
- Act quickly if any water permeates your home from the roof or basement by cleaning up any damp areas within 48 hours.
- Keep humidity levels around 40% to help limit condensation.
- If you notice moisture collecting on windows, dry the wet surface and eliminate the source of water.
- Properly ventilate rooms with high moisture (such as bathrooms) and vent appliances that produce moisture (like the clothes dryer) to the outside when possible.
LRA has written several blogs about the importance of a home inspection during the home buying process. We don't find it difficult to convince folks of the importance of this step. But one additional piece of information to understand is that the home inspection industry (mold included) is unregulated. Whether you are a home buyer testing for radon, mold or general construction of a home, we place great emphasis on experience.
Since the mold inspection and remediation industry is unregulated in Colorado, I advise you to be aware of with whom you are working whether you are a buyer or seller. Each year, we in the real estate industry hear that our state legislators may change the standards for home inspections to include licensing, finger printing and background checks, but as of today, those laws are not in place. According to Inspection Certification Association, "In January 2017, for the second time since 2015, legislation that would regulate home inspectors was introduced. In February, SB17-038 was shelved indefinitely."
If you are starting your home purchasing plans or preparing your home for sale and have questions about the process, our team would be happy to help you. Or if you would like to see housing data for Boulder County, we have seasonal statistics to check out in such as "Days on Market", "Total Inventory" and "Newly Listed Homes" here. LRA tracks all these market statistics for Single Family Homes (SFH) for most of neighboring towns on a monthly basis, including Louisville, Lafayette, Superior and Erie. At Louisville Realty Associates, we have the experience, energy and depth of knowledge to help you list your home for the best price. You can reach me anytime at email@example.com.
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