Tips for Mold Mitigation
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Mold can become a serious problem for homeowners, both as they live in their house and try to sell it to new owners. Moldy areas can be easily noticed by home inspectors and attendees at open houses and showings. Dealing with the affected areas is a top priority.
As a real estate agent, you’ll want to be on the lookout for mold when working on behalf of buyers. When it comes to working as a seller’s agent, you should discuss any potential mold problems with your client. With the information gained from this article, you can build some basic and important knowledge about this issue, as well as provide guidance about remediating mold and offering a more attractive home for sale.
What health problems are caused by mold?
Mold is generally recognized as causing a few health issues when exposure reaches a certain level:
- Allergic reactions like irritation of the eyes, throat and nose, coughing and rashes.
- Fungal infections, although this issue is generally limited to people with compromised immune systems.
It’s important to understand the health risks commonly associated with mold. Medical News Today shared some important points to keep in mind:
- There is no proof that black mold, which is not a precise definition because many types of mold are black, causes or has a direct relationship with serious health risks like cancer or leads to unique or severe symptoms in people exposed to it.
- Mold sensitivity varies from person to person. Exposure to even a small amount of mold spores can lead to allergic reactions in some individuals.
- If enough mold is present, many people will face negative health effects.
What are mold remediation, mold removal and mold abatement?
Mold abatement, remediation, removal refer to similar processes that focus on cleaning up mold. These processes can be carried out by homeowners themselves with the right tools and guidance. Alternatively, your clients can choose to work with – and pay – mold remediation companies that will handle the task themselves.
If using a service provider to address areas where mold grows and remove it is within your client’s budget, this option can be effective. Professionals with experience in treating areas affected by mold have expertise that isn’t held by most homeowners.
Additionally, addressing widespread mold is best left to a business. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends limiting do-it-yourself cleanup efforts to patches of mold less smaller than 10 square feet.
As long as they’re comfortable with the process, understand the potential health risks of close contact with mold and take proper safety precautions, your clients can choose to address moldy areas that don’t exceed the EPA square footage limit.
How much does mold removal & remediation cost?
While costs will vary based on the prices charged by professionals, the extent of mold damage and other factors, there are some price guidelines that can help your clients understand how this cost will fit into their budget.
HomeGuide, a platform for connecting service providers with clients, said the average cost is between $15-$30 per square foot for professional mold removal. The average total spending for such a project is between $500-$1,500, while larger abatement efforts can cost between $3,000-$6,000. A small, DIY mold removal project can cost as little as $50.
Tips for DIY mold cleanup
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer a simple, eight-step guide for effectively dealing with mold. It’s vital for your clients to follow each step for the best chance of killing mold and removing it from their home.
Allowing the area to dry after cleaning is especially important because mold thrives in damp conditions. Having fans on hand to aid in drying and opening doors and windows to increase airflow shouldn’t be overlooked. Wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment – like goggles, masks and gloves – to prevent exposure while working close to the mold is another key action to take.
The Spruce noted that there are several household cleaners effective in addressing mold issues when mixed with water at the appropriate strength or used on their own. Bleach, hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, baking soda and borax can all do the job when mixed into a water-based solution. Avoid mixing cleaning products together, as certain combinations can release dangerous gases that can quickly cause health issues.
With some elbow grease and enough time, your clients can capably clean up small areas of mold in their home.
Support for real estate agents
Mold, along with many other issues, can cause a pending sale to drag on until the problem is addressed. Just Commission Advance can provide an advance on your pending sales to help stabilize your budget and allow you to focus on your work as a real estate agent. To learn more, check out our FAQ page about advances and how they help real estate professionals.