There are a few things that you should take into consideration when you are looking at buying a home that you know has mold issues.
While the cost of a home with mold damage can be significantly lower than ones without, there are various factors that can have more costly effects down the road.
Homes in San Diego and California in general are more likely to have mold issues because of how close the ocean is and the humidity in the air.
How Extensive is The Problem?
When your home inspector finds that the home has a mold problem, it is important to investigate and find out exactly how much of the home is damaged.
A good way to figure out where the damage is and how bad it is – even when you can’t see it from the outside – is with thermal imaging technology. The thermal images can detect temperatures, showing leaks and other spots that are telling of a moisture issue.
Then, going forward with the knowledge of where the moisture is within the home, we can do a mold assessment to find out what kind of mold exists.
From the results of these two tests, we can determine what the damage is on the home and give you an accurate report which will aid in deciding repair costs and possibility of repair.
Can it be Repaired?
There are three questions to ask when deciding to go forward with the repair process:
Is the water leaking problem fixable?
Is it costly?
The answers to these three questions will help you decide what the best choice is for you.
Leaks are generally what cause mold, because they allow moisture to get into the cracks. The moisture isn’t able to evaporate quickly, so mold and mildew begin to form.
If the leaks in the home are costly to fix, this could also be a large problem. Plus, if there is one leak there are likely more.
How Much Will Repairs Cost?
The cost to get rid of mold can be high, so you as the buyer will need to decide if it is worth it, considering the value of the home and the time it will take.
After completing an inspection, we will create a report that shows all of the damage, so that you can work with your realtor and decide whether the cost is worth the purchase of the home.
Depending on the severity of the mold in the home, it can be worth it to offer a lower price with the repair costs included. However, sometimes homes have significant damage that will take not only time but money to repair.
How Will it Affect You?
Mold can also have negative health effects on you and your family if you live in a home before the mold is removed.
People with asthma and/or allergies are susceptible to breathing issues and respiratory infections. Pregnant women can also be affected, as well as elderly folks and young children. Pets can also have trouble breathing and can develop dangerous respiratory infections.
Even if you and your family do not have any of these stipulations, mold can still cause breathing problems, headaches, respiratory infections and other health risks
Overall, it is a good idea to weigh the costs and effects of purchasing a home with mold issues before making a decision.
John Robinson’s Inspection Group is a state-of-the-art, family-owned home inspection company that offers complete home inspection services to the San Diego area including: San Diego, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Oceanside, Temecula, and San Clemente.