If your house got flooded during Hurricane Harvey, mold is probably a very real threat, and one that should be dealt with aggressively, especially if you want to sell your home.
Mold can cause serious health problems. Not to mention costly repairs.
It’s also a major deterrent for home buyers – even the mere mention of it.
But don’t panic. It can be dealt with, as long as you act fast and take the right measures.
Here’s how to sell a mold damaged house in Houston:
The best way to combat mold is to prevent it from growing. To do that, water-damaged areas and items need to be dried within 24-48 hours.
Remove anything from your home that can retain water such as carpet, clothes, mattresses, bedding, and furniture.
Remove wet drywall and the insulation behind it.
Run fans, the air conditioner, dehumidifiers… whatever you got. And keep them going until everything is completely dry.
Scour your home for areas where mold could be growing. Remove any moisture from those areas immediately.
If mold isn’t removed properly it can come back or get worse. And you could be faced with a lawsuit after selling. So, it’s worth hiring a professional to do proper mold remediation.
This process can help put buyers at ease, especially if you’ve documented all the measures that have been taken to remove the mold (strongly advised). But if the mold problem is bad, it could get very costly.
Once the mold remediation process is complete, an “air quality test” (AQT) can be used to tell you the count and type of mold spores in the air, so you’ll know if the problem has been adequately resolved.
Once you confirm the mold has passed a third-party mold test, you can put your house back together and get ready to sell.
More information on mold cleanup: https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-cleanup-your-home
You’ll also want to repair any areas where there was water damage. If you have insurance, you’ll want to take pictures of all the damage before repairs are made.
It’s also a good idea to have your home inspected so you don’t miss anything. Once you have the inspection report, you can give a copy of it to a reputable contractor so they can give you a quote.
If your mold remediation and repair costs end up being more than you can pay for, there is an alternative.
You can sell your home AS-IS to a professional home buyer in the Houston area. They’ll handle all the repairs and cleaning for you.
They’ll give you a fair cash offer for your home and make the process a painless one.
And they can typically close as quick as seven days.
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