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Tuscarawas County Realtors: What Should You Know About Mold

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

Picture shows a white interior wall with an outlet and mold growing up the corner of the wall Nothing ruins the sale of a home more than the mention of the word “mold.”

The Ohio REALTORS is the largest professional trade association in Ohio. Believe it or not—-there are 33,000 realtors in the Buckeye State alone. With the Corona Virus pandemic…houses selling faster than water is a surprise side effect. But even in the 2020 “housing boom”, nothing ruins the sale of a home more than the mention of the word “mold.”

 One of the many concerns home buyers have is how mold can affect their health and property value. Informing your clients about mold is part of the job, and SERVPRO of New Philadelphia is here to give our Ohio realtors some tips about that pesky green fungi.

What is it exactly? Mold is is type of fungus made up of small organisms that thrive on moisture. It tends to reproduce through lightweight spores that travel through the air. Mold is part of life. Everyone is exposed to it every day. Small amounts of mold are generally harmless. But what if a home you are selling has more than the average? Here’s some tips.

Know about the dangers of mold. Even though many molds are safe…there are a select few that are toxic. Black mold is the most common that falls into this category. They are said to produce airborne byproducts than can damage your lungs and health. In reality, serious health conditions resulting from indoors molds are pretty rare. But try and tell a potential buyer that.

 Lawsuits. Many have been awarded when it comes to mold. Just google it. Settlements throughout the United States have been in the millions. This is not something you want to deal with as a realtor. Making sure your buyer is aware of any water or mold issues with a potential new home is a must, unless you want to find yourself in a vicarious situation.

Price Decrease. After the home inspection…the last thing you want to hear is that the home has a mold problem.  This is a dead giveaway you won’t be able to sell the home for the asking price. Of course, this will all depend on the severity of the problem. One solution is to have your seller agree to take care of the problem. This is where SERVPRO of New Philadelphia comes in.

We are the area’s leader in mold remediation. In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in a home you are selling when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of New Philadelphia has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

If you would like to learn more about mold. SERVPRO offers Continuing Education for Ohio Realtors. Visit our Facebook page for more information and links to register.

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