Wet basements are a homeowner's and a real estate agent's worst nightmare.
The dingy walls, the awfull smells, the water stains are definitely not an asset ,and may render an otherwise good piece of property impossible to sell.
Wet basements are not just ugly and smelly. They are bad for your health and for your pocket.
The way the air moves inside a building causes the spores from the mold in the basement, to be carried upstairs. Sensitive people can develop allergy symptoms breathing that air, and if the mold happens to be of the toxic kind, everyone in the household can get really sick.
The dampness is also carried upstairs with the air, raising the RH levels in the upper floors. Humid air is much harder to cool and heat, so you end paying more for utilities as well.
In addition there are the liability issues, and the disclosure laws.
Bottom line: nobody wants to own, buy or be in charge of selling a home with a wet basement.
If you follow my blog you probably read my post on How to Spot a Wet Basement, showing you exactly what to look for when inspecting a listing.
But what if, after thoroughly checking the premises, you find that the basement is, in fact, wet, damp or leaky?
This great series of articles published by RIS Media will show you that there are 10 Ways to Sell a Home with a Wet Basement.
Or you can just contact us for a free inspection and let one of our dealers help sort things out!