mold damageNothing has the power to scare off prospective home buyers faster than mold! Not only does mold look terrible, but it can also create an unpleasant and musty odor, negatively impact the structural integrity of your home, and create serious health hazards. If your home has succumbed to mold damage, it’s in your best interest to have the issues fully evaluated and corrected before you try to sell. Here’s a quick guide to making your home more attractive to potential buyers through mold abatement.

Don’t Underestimate the Seriousness of Mold

Too many Colorado homeowners make the mistake of believing that mold just isn’t that big of a deal. No, not all mold is toxic, but that doesn’t mean it can’t cause serious structural damage to a home’s ceilings, walls, floors, etc., in addition to health complications regarding respiratory issues. Even if you can’t see mold, there’s still a chance that it may be present somewhere in your home – especially if your house has previously succumbed to flooding or water damage. On top of everything else, mold can be quite resilient. While you may think that a good scrub down took care of the problem, the mold could reappear in a few days or weeks.

Have Your Home Professionally Assessed

The only true way to fully understand the extent of a mold problem is to hire a professional to evaluate your home. During this evaluation, your contractor will be able to test the mold to determine whether or not it is toxic. They will also be able to discover any hidden mold that could be lurking under carpeting or behind drywall. After the assessment is complete, an expert will be able to provide you with a plan of attack and an estimate on how much it will cost to get rid of the mold problem in its entirety.

Have Any Mold Professionally Removed

As previously mentioned, mold is stubborn and resilient. Trying to get rid of the problem on your own is not the wisest decision when you’re trying to sell your home. The last thing you want is for problems to return down the line and be accused of not disclosing mold issues to future homeowners. The best course of action is to hire a professional mold abatement service to come and clean your home in its entirety. They will have the training, tools, and equipment required to make sure that not a trace of mold is left on your property and that the prior presence of mold will not create future health hazards or issues.

Document Everything

After having a professional service come in and remove all mold from your home, it’s important that you obtain written documentation of what was done to the house. This information can be shared with future homebuyers to ensure that they are aware of the previous mold problem and to prove to them that you did your part to make sure that the home could be sold in a safe and livable condition. You might also consider hiring a home inspector to come give your house a stamp of approval after mold abatement. This will further help to protect you while providing peace of mind to prospective buyers.

Having mold doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to sell your home, but it means that you’ll end up having a hard time closing a deal, and you’ll probably make less money off of the property. The only way to make sure that your house is market-friendly enough to excite home buyers and get your best asking price is to get rid of mold before you start showing the property. The experts at Abbotts Fire & Flood have what it takes to turn your home into a mold-free zone. Give us a call for a free estimate today.