Selling a home is a stressful time. You want to ensure you get the best price, but you also want to ensure that the buyer is not going to find any surprises during their due diligence period. While you may think that all is well, some hidden problems could be lurking – for example – mold. No buyer or seller wants to deal with learning about mold in the final hour. So, what can you do? The news is good. Follow these two simple words – pre-mold testing.
What happens if you DON’T pre-test for mold?
- If mold is found during the home inspection, buyers may walk away from the deal.
- If mold is found, buyers may contact a shady mold remediation contractor who will likely over exaggerate the work involved and overcharge which will likely lead to the seller asking for a deep discount.
- The buyers buy the home, but develop health issues down the line. A potential lawsuit is on the line.
What happens if you DO pre-test for mold?
- Pre-mold testing shows buyers you care and gives them the confidence they need to move forward.
- If you hire a mold test only company (which is highly recommended), it will also suggest ways you can fix any problems – without the need for a mold remediation company.
- You’ll save money and have a better chance of closing the deal.
- You’ll protect yourself from potential litigation.
As you can see the DO’s yield better results than the DON’Ts. So, don’t be afraid to pre-test for mold. Quite often, mold is not a big deal. You just need to know what type of mold it is any potential threats it may cause. Convinced? Good. Now, it’s time to hire an unbiased mold test only company that you – and the buyer – can trust. When you decide to pre-test for mold:
- Hire an unbiased mold testing firm – one that does not do remediation – they test only. If mold is found, they will disclose what type of mold it is, it’s effect on the house and environment and recommend a fair credit upon closing.
- Hire a BBB-accredited company to ensure you’re not getting a fly-by-night operation. You want a company that has your best interest in mind.
- Hire a mold test only company that offers a work guarantee or full refund.
If you’ve found mold during your pre-mold test, there are ways to handle it. For some mold cleaning tips, download this free book: Mold Code Handbook.