Having to deal with a home that won’t sell is a problem that no realtor ever wants. Maybe you’ve considered making further interior or exterior improvements, or perhaps you’ve thought about adjusting the price of the house.
However, the problem may be hidden from what you and any potential buyers can physically see. Does the overall house or do any specific rooms within it give off a musty odor? Typically, if there’s mold, there will be a slight smell to the room. Rooms that are at the highest risk for mold include bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, cabinets with plumbing, or other areas with plumbing.
Are there any water stains? Is there currently or has there ever been standing water in any area of the house? If so, there’s a good chance that mold could be present. And if there’s mold present, whether it’s immediately detectable or not, it could be why your potential buyers are walking away.
If you’re not sure whether mold is lurking somewhere within your property, here are a few basic warning signs:
- A Musty Odor. If you smell something that’s “off” in the home, get it checked out. Just because you can’t actually see mold doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
- \Water damage. If the home has ever had water issues.
- Visible condensation. If you’ve noticed condensation within the home (typically on glass windows or metal piping).
- Allergy symptoms. If you still have moderate to severe allergy symptoms (runny nose, cough, watery eyes, etc.) while in the home.
Don’t let mold be the reason your potential buyers aren’t calling you back. At Peake Restoration, we offer free mold inspections for your listed properties. Give us a call today at 410-703-3061, mention this blog post and we’ll even take 10 percent off any mold or remediation services you or your clients book with us.