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How Do You Sell a House If It’s Been Infected with Mold?

In this civilized and sophisticated world created by us, nothing survives more than its lifetime. There is only one market for rotten stuff and that is ‘scrap’. Not surprisingly, on our stereotyped lifestyle, often we find food getting spoilt due to fungus, humid and moist rooms, that in turn contaminates air, water, define the papers and wooden boards to some extent. While desilting once in a fortnight, we attempt to clean those spoiled items and maintain the rest with good care and upkeep. Ironically, if a largescale fungus gets into a whole lot of housing area that eventually weakens the very structures of the house from every corner, then it’s a call to be taken seriously.

It becomes moral and ethical if not legal to clean up such mess from the saleable property by the owner before it gets listed for sale. Under those circumstances, the owners are left with two options: either they get it cleaned through pest control done thoroughly and repair wherever damages occurred and visible, before showing the house to the visitors. The second could be to clearly and openly share such information with the realtors as well as the prospective buyers beforehand.

The first option is always advised for a better deal and to gain the confidence of the buyer. It may cost a bit extra to the pocket of the seller, but safeguards the interests of both the parties and as regards the expenditure is concerned it can get compensated by hiking the price to that extent.

Usually, white ants, fungi, and other bugs get attracted due to constant moisture in the house that is often found near washrooms, kitchens and other water dispensing places. Some form of fungi could also be found in carpet areas where cleaning is randomly done or if the carpets go wet due to heavy rains and snowfall. Good care is needed for such houses before and after the season. Neglecting even one season would put the house into shambles.

It's too uncomfortable for the inhabitants to continue to stay in such infected areas which may be detrimental to healthy living. Whether the house gets sold or not is secondary, but primarily the people who are staying in the house must feel comfortable and safe from all hidden dangers.

Ignoring to treat of those hidden parasites at the initial level may invite more damage to both aesthetics and the vital structures of the house. Eventually, those repairs will prove more costly than recurring maintenance costs.

By any means, if the owner misses out to disclose those leaky areas or fix them up before proceeding to sell, he or she may have to bear the loss later or face the legal consequences of their non-disclosure. Again, that may be a big headache and the market value may come down drastically. So, in all probability, either such infectious places be fixed by the owner by himself or herself well before thinking to sell, or take the buyer and agent into confidence through disclosing so that they are fully aware of such limitations.

Another critical issue that owners of such infected houses may encounter is when they approach for any loan through a mortgage, companies may not accept them as worthy, or they will be assessed lower than what actually would be. Owners under those situations will feel discouraged and debilitated especially when those funds are aimed at clearing the debts or utilising for the children's education, etc., occasions. Moreover, those houses also will get higher insurance premiums to be paid by the owner or maybe refuse to get insured. All these woes add to worries and stress to the owners and may land up in limbo.

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