We have all heard about the Chinese drywall problem in the Hillsborough and Manatee counties area and the next question is "How will I know if the house I am buying or selling has it?"
Well there is an answer, we have found an inspector that has trained dogs that can sniff out the sulfur component that is in the Chinese drywall. They can even tell you if it is only in one room or if it is a single board and the rest is ok.
What better way to have that peace of mind when buying a home than to have this service come in and tell you for sure if the home has Chinese drywall or not.
If you are a seller and your home was built or renovated between 2001 and 2006, my suggestion is to have the Chinese drywall inspection done up front. This way it can be marketed that it was already inspected and is clear of the problem. Giving those buyers the assurance that your home is clear and it would be worth looking at.
Several buyers are steering clear of entire neighborhoods when they find out one house had the Chinese drywall. My advice to them, don't write off an entire neighborhood because of a couple instances. If you find a home you like then get the inspection done. You might be passing up a great deal otherwise.
No matter what home you buy, get the inspections done. It gives you that peace of mind that everything is ok before you close the deal and spend thousands. You might spend a few hundred dollars and then find out there are problems with the home, but that is a lot less than the thousands you would be paying down the road if you find problems later on.
Here is the link to the Chinese Drywall Inspector. Be sure to tell them Linda Reynolds from Reynolds Realty of Manatee, Inc. said hi!