Disclaimer: The information on this page is intended for general informational purposes only and is not to be used as a substitute for professional mold remediation and/or legal advice. Omaha Homes For Cash is a local home buying company that can purchase your house with mold without you having to do a thing. Getting an offer is 100% Free.
How Common is Mold and is It Bad?
Many of us think of mold as the harmless (but disgusting) green spots that show up on your cheese or bread after they have been sitting in your fridge or pantry too long. No big deal right? Just toss the spoiled food out and move along. But what happens if you find mold in your house?
Most homeowners, and even renters, have probably encountered mold at some point in their living space. In fact, mold is very common and is actually present just about everywhere around us. Mold spores area easily spread throughout our environment, both indoors and outdoors, and are generally harmless unless found in larger amounts. There are mold spores in our air outdoors and these spores can easily attach to our bodies, clothing, animals, etc. and be transported indoors. When these spores drop onto areas with excessive moisture they begin to grow and a potentially dangerous mold growth begins.
There are many causes of mold growth and as a homeowner it is important to do everything you can to avoid excessive mold growth. Preventing mold growth in your home is not hard and I encourage you to read up further on the topic.
Why Mold in Your House is Bad For Your Health
Having mold present in noticeable amounts in your home can be potentially hazardous to your health. As mold grows, the spores can be present in the air you breathe and can be linked to serious health complications.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found sufficient evidence that indoor exposure to mold was linked to upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy individuals.
Address the mold problem in your house before it becomes a health issue.
Mold exposure in the home can be especially bad for those dealing with asthma and other breathing conditions. According to truthaboutmold.info “Of the 21.8 million people reported to have asthma in the U.S., approximately 4.6 million cases are estimated to be attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home.”
It is very important to check your house periodically for unwanted mold growth. Since mold can be seen and usually smelled (musty or earthy smell), it should not be too hard to find. Be sure to check hard to find areas such as behind water heaters, under sinks, in crawl spaces, and in areas with poor airflow such as attics. If mold is found, act fast and if needed, hire a professional mold remediation company to address the issue.
Mold tends to grow in places that are high in moisture.
Common places for mold to grow in your house are around leaky roofs, windows, pipes, or anywhere else that may be moist or wet for long periods of time.
Paper and wood products, cardboard, and ceiling tiles are also common areas for mold growth.
It is important to check areas that are subject to moisture for extender periods of time. It is vital to address a mold problem before it has a chance to turn catastrophic.
Hire A Professional Mold Remediation Company
This is probably the most straight forward option when preparing to sell your house with mold. If you have mold in your house you can call a company to come in and assess the situation, provide a bid on the cost of fixing the problem, and then pay them to do the work. Many companies will offer a warranty on the work done. A warranty can go a long ways in convincing a potential buyer that the problem has been fixed appropriately and entirely.
Depending on the extent of the mold damage and where you live, this can be quite pricey. According to HomeAdvisor, the “typical” cost for professional mold removal is $1,115-$3,331. They also offer an estimate checker depending on your zip code. If your mold problem goes into your walls or support structures, this price can obviously be much higher. You also must consider that this is the price for the mold removal and does not typically include the cost of repairing the damaged areas of your home.
Sell Your House With Mold on The Market
You still have the option of selling your house on the market without fixing the mold problem in your house. You will likely be required to disclose that your house has mold to any potential buyers. This option will save you the time and money of removing the mold and fixing the problem, however, it could potentially scare away potential buyers for the house. Selling your house with mold may take a substantially longer period of time and you will likely need to price your house significantly lower to make the purchase more enticing.
This option won’t require you to fix anything, however, you are likely to sell the house for much less and the house will likely sit on the market much longer as you will likely have fewer interested buyers. That being said, it is still an option and people still do go this route.
Sell Your House with Mold to A Cash For Houses Company
If you have mold in your house and do not want to go through the hassles of removing it and repairing the damage it may have caused, this may be your better option. Similar to selling your house on the market with mold, you will likely receive less for your house as there are still ongoing mold problems. However, unlike selling the house on the market, you can sell your house fast and avoid the uncertainty of if the house will sell. Selling your house to a “We Buy Houses” company is very straight forward, hassle free, and you can often sell the house in as little as 7 days.
If you are in the Omaha metro area and struggling with selling your house because of mold damage, we are your buyer. We have encountered mold is houses dozens of times and are ready to make you a cash offer right now without you having to fix a thing. Check out our company and get to know us. We don’t expect you to work with just anyone and we know that our reputation speaks for itself.
Omaha Homes For Cash is a trusted, local cash home buying company right here in the Omaha metro area. We specialize in offering homeowners a fast and easy way to sell their house. We will do all the work so you don’t have to. If you need to sell your house in Omaha, but are dealing with a mold problem, we will buy your houses (even with the mold) so you don’t have to fix a thing.
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