Selling your home? Don’t forget about mold! (Part 2)
In Part 1, we discussed generally home selling advice as it relates to the presence of mold. Now, we’ll be a bit more specific in discussing mold, and where you want to look for it in your home.
Damp Basements and Crawlspaces
Mildew odors signal that a basement is too moist. Buyers and home inspectors will look closely at the walls and floors for patches of mildew and signs of dampness. The inspector might use a meter to determine how much moisture is present in these spaces, because moisture deteriorates building materials and attracts insects.
Cover exposed earth in basements and crawl spaces with plastic to help keep moisture levels down.
Most foundation “leaks” we see are a result of poor drainage that funnels water towards the foundation.
- Make sure gutters are clean so that rainwater flows toward downspouts instead of spilling over gutter sides along the foundation.
- Point drainage downspouts away from the house.
- Check water flow through buried drainage lines by flooding them with water from a hose. If water comes back towards you the line is plugged and should be cleared.
If foundation problems do exist, and you cannot make repairs, you might need to lower the price of the house upfront, with the understanding that the price reflects the problem. Another option is to give the buyers an allowance to make repairs after closing.