3 Ways to Handle a Mold Problem

It is very frustrating to have your home under contract and then to be told that you have a mold problem after the buyer’s home inspection. In my experience, most sellers go through the five stages of grief. First, denial. Second, anger. Third, bargaining. Fourth, depression. Lastly, acceptance. Although it takes some time for a seller to get to the acceptance stage, that is what will ultimately happen. Well, here are 3 ways to handle a mold problem.

Seek Professional Help

The best advice that I can give you about how to handle a mold problem is to seek professional advice immediately. A professional can save you a great deal of money before you attempt to remediate the problem yourself. I witnessed a homeowner spending over $10,000 to try to get rid of the mold himself before he hired a professional. However, if you are determined to handle the mold problem yourself, try the below tips.

3 Ways to Handle a Mold Problem

Isolate the Area and Remove the Mold

Once you have established where the mold problem is located, you must isolate the area. You can isolate the area with tape, a marker, or some physical barrier. The next step is to remove the contents of the contaminated area. For example, if the mold is in a basement cabinet, you must remove the entire cabinet. If it is in the corner of a bathroom wall, you must cut out the area of the wall down to the sheetrock or even the wood framing if it has gone that deep.

Sanitize and Paint

You can sanitize the contaminated area with bleach and let it dry for a few days. After the area has thoroughly dried, you should replace it with new mold-resistant material and repaint it. This process can take 3 to 4 days or more. Often, you must repeat it several times to be completely mold-free.

In conclusion, you can handle a mold problem yourself, but I recommend that you seek professional help. If you decide to remediate the mold problem on your own, it can be expensive, and there’s no guarantee that you will be able to rid your home of the mold problem completely. To avoid having a mold problem in the first place, you should try to keep the house ventilated, especially the basement and bathrooms. It is a good idea to use mold-resistant materials when updating your home. Furthermore, I am not a mold specialist, and this post is based on my experience with sellers and helping them through the home inspection process.

Deborah Spence is an award winning Broker/Owner in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Spence attended Hofstra University on a full scholarship program for inner city kids called the (NOAH) program and graduated in 1994 with a degree in Business Administration-with a major in Accounting and minor in English. The mother of two boys, Spence dealt with a series of medical issues that had her in and out of hospitals for nearly a decade before relocating and starting over in the City of Brotherly Love where she finally had the opportunity to enter the real estate industry. In an amazing rookie year as an agent, Spence listed 63 houses and sold 31. Proving it was no fluke; she sold nearly 50 more homes in her second year and became a “go to” real estate agent. After reading her success story, you will understand why she says, “If I could do this, so can you.” Media inquiries: blog@propy.com