BLACK MOLD FOUND! YIKES!
I was just settling in for the evening when I received a phone call from a buyers agent after doing a final walk - through on a listing I had we were supposed to close on today.
We discussed the repairs that were completed. He forgot to take his inspection report and couldn't remember what was greed to be done. Then he mentions he opened up the frig and because the electricity was off the refrigerator was full of "black mold!"
Buyers agent: electricity is off and the tenants that left did not open frig up. It is covered in "black mold!"
Me: Black mold? How bad is it? Can it be cleaned up, washed out?
Buyers agent: I supposed it could be cleaned up but it won't be usable. Refrigerator stays with the house as agreed upon in the contract!
Wow! Black mold? I have all sorts of images running through my mind. The electricity has only been off for about 10 days. I guess it has been long enough for it to get that bad. The heat and humidity has been pretty high.
Well, it was too late to go look at it with no electricity so I planned on going out early this morning to evaluate the situation. I had totally expected to open up the door and find a black abyss inside with fur and legs growing out of it. Could totally see myself in a gas mask inside the house messing with this refrigerator. Soooo..I pulled on some old clothes, gathered up some supplies and headed off to the house. Walked in, took a deep breath and opened the frig....this is what I found. Whew! I was totally expecting some thing way worse!
Goes to show what our minds can trick us into believing. HA! I was pleasantly surprised....well not to pleasant still needed to be cleaned. So to work I went. I pulled all the draws, shelves and glass out and brought home to wash, wiped down the entire inside of frig with some chlorox clean up and we were ready to rock! All in all took me less than an hour to ge it looking pretty again.
Moral of the story... we as agents should really choose our words carefully. Black mold can make even a seasoned buyer cringe with disgust! I am not a mold expert and I would venture to guess neither was the buyers agent. So before we go off spouting words like "Black mold", think about what you are saying and maybe change your words to reflect what is really going on. :)