Carlsbad Real Estate - Is There Mold in YOUR House?

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Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

 Is there mold in your Carlsbad home? Did the home inspection for the property you are trying to buy reveal possible mold?

It's likely the answer is YES in many Carlsbad homes. It's important to know that mold is very common both indoors and out, and molds provide a useful service by destroying dead or decaying plant matter. However they can also cause problems indoors - destruction of wall, ceiling, roof or floor surfaces, and may pose a health hazard for many people.

In recent years the presence of mold has become a much larger issue in real estate transactions and many concerns have been raised in the media about mold. While it is true that mold can be found just about anywhere there is moisture, which it needs to survive, it is not true that mold presents a significant problem in most houses. It also appears to be a much more significant issue in other parts of the country

If mold is suspected, due to peeling wall paper, staining, musty odor, a rotting roof, poor drainage, or cracked exterior walls, a MOLD INSPECTION is a smart thing to do.

  • As a Buyer your home inspector may indicate the possible presence of mold, so a mold inspection is then recommended to determine if it is present at levels that are deemed significant by government standards, the potential sources of the mold, and how it can be remediated
  • As a Seller a pre-listing mold inspection is a prudent thing to do in order to take care of issues that might make it difficult for you to sell your home
  • As an Agent it is important to appropriately advise clients about disclosure about mold where needed, and to encourage mold inspections as needed in order to protect their interests.

In our area VM3 Environmental, Inc. is a mold inspection service that covers the Southern California region. It is important to note that they do not provide remediation services, in order to avoid any conflict of interest.

  • A VISUAL INSPECTION is done to determine if suspect conditions are present, including using a moisture meter; photos are used to document
  • If recommended, an AIR SAMPLE is taken and tested through independent lab analysis to assess the level and type of mold present
  • A full WRITTEN REPORT is provided within 48 hours
  • If needed, a list of qualified remediation services will be provided so the client can obtain estimates of the work needed and subsequent costs.

Costs for these inspections are relatively inexpensive when one considers the potential impact. A visual inspection with moisture meter and photos is $195 for up to 1000 SF (with $100 for each additional 1000 SF). Each sample that is taken for lab analysis is $99 to $125 (this varies regionally).

While one should not over-react with regard to possible mold contamination, it makes sense to determine what you are dealing with if it is a concern, just as with any other defect that might exist. Protecting your investment and avoiding potential problems n the future in your best course of action, whether you are buying or selling.

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Missy Caulk
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Ugg, it's an issue here too. I had a sale fall through this summer because of it. We mitigated it and the buyers still walked. Dad wouldn't accept it all, he was buying for his kids.
Sep 05, 2007 03:16 AM #1
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Ana Connell
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Great post Jeff!  Very valuable information for home buyers.
Sep 05, 2007 04:44 AM #2
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Irina Netchaev
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The problem with mold is that it's always in the air.  It depends on the season that you get the testing (rainy season - more mold particles) and the ability to intelligently interpret results.  Great post Jeff!
Sep 05, 2007 07:22 AM #3
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Jeff, mold is receiving a lot of attention these days.  I attended a Chamber of Commerce event about a year ago on mold.  There are far more species of mold than I ever thought existed, but it is easier to get rid of than going through some of the procedures that had been used in the past.  I would not be surprised if we start to see some legislation on this in the not to distant future.
Sep 05, 2007 07:30 AM #4
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Missy - yep, it;s ugly stuff. I personally have not had any issues but I know folks who have.

Jeff

Sep 05, 2007 07:36 AM #5
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Ana - thanks. It's amazing how much I have learned on this topic since i hooked up with this company (who is doing guest blogging for me too).

Jeff

Sep 05, 2007 07:37 AM #6
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Irina - it's interesting that there are all sorts of conditions to know about when testing so the results arae more accurate. If you vacuum just before testing this can create a problem, too, for example. Thanks for the comments.

Jeff

Sep 05, 2007 07:47 AM #7
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George - I think that's true. I believe there are a couple fo states that are either going to require mold inspections or may laready (New York is one I think). It thinks it's a smart thing to do in some cases, especailly homes where there clearly is deferred maintenance.

Jeff

Sep 05, 2007 08:05 AM #8
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I just read how someone got really sick and they didn't figure out why until recently. That stuff's bad ...with health as well as destroying property.
Sep 05, 2007 08:21 AM #9
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Sally - I have heard some pretty awful stories as well, both for the residents and the for home itself! Thanks for visiting.

Jeff

Sep 05, 2007 10:38 AM #10
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Marlene Bridges
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Good info here.  One thing to keep in mind is that mold isn't the end of the world.  It just needs to be handled by professionals.  So often, people think they can handle it themselves-disturbing it can release it into the air and then you really have a problem.  Let the pros handle it!

Sep 05, 2007 11:41 AM #11
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Marlene - thanks for your comments. There really are a fair number of situations that are reasonably innocuous. The things is you don't know for sure and it makes sense to check it out. It's a small price to pay in my mind.

Jeff

Sep 05, 2007 12:17 PM #12
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Paula Henry
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I was helping my sister buy a home where half of the underneath of the crawl space was covered in mold. Too much work for her. It can be a huge issue and every buyer should be aware of the fact there are good and bad mold.
Sep 05, 2007 05:05 PM #13
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Paula - ugh. The modl compnay sayd that below grade mold problems are the worst and often the most difficult to deal with...and can recur. Sounds like the right decision to move one. Thanks for the comments.

Jeff

Sep 06, 2007 01:26 AM #14
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David Slavin
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We have a similar problem here in the Houston area since we have so much humidity the mold grows easily.
Sep 06, 2007 01:30 AM #15
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David - I have heard that Texas, like Florida, has significant problems. Thanks for commenting.

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Sep 06, 2007 01:42 AM #16
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Neal Bloom
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Jeff,

As you know ...Florida is the mold capital of the world. LOL!

Seriously..with our weather it is very important to watch for the deadly forms and we always suggest mold inspections even if they do not think there is..you never know. There are also types of mold that are harmless and a little bleach cures that.

Sep 06, 2007 03:40 AM #17
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LOL, Neal. I have heard that. I still think it pays to be smart and check things out. What's the worst that can happen? NO mold and you are out a few hundred dollars.

Jeff

Sep 06, 2007 12:51 PM #18
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