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Old 03-13-2015, 01:12 PM   #1
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Is mold easy to get rid of?


My daughter has been house hunting for months. Today another came on the market and its the best neighborhood I've seen.

The house is "as is". Its going into foreclosure. I drove past today intending to walk around. Some old geezer came up to me and said he's "buying this house". He said I wouldn't want it cause it had a roof leak and theres mold in a wall.

If that guy was right, something must be able to be done or else why did he want to buy it?

What do you do if you suspect mold, who do you hire to verify it? Do you tear drywall out?
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Do a search on the forums here. Lots of previous threads about dealing with mold.

In a nutshell, it all depends on how widespread the problem is. Small infestations can be dealt with by DIY, Remove/replace drywall, clean any framing. I have used this stuff very successfully. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Concrobiu...5326/100654126

Most importantly, you must first fix the source of the moisture.

Widespread problems should be dealt with by a pro.

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In this situation, I would contact the listing broker and ask for a showing. If no big red flags, I would make an offer contingent on inspections etc.
Have the appropriate inspections
Identify and problems
Determine cost to correct problems
Make decision to proceed with purchase after the problems and cost to correct are identifed.

Sounds like the old geezer is trying to scare you away. Any issue can be corrected, but you need to get a licensed and reputable inspector and , if mold is identified, get a proper abatement professional involved for an estimate
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Ok, I'll do a search here, on mold, and read up.

The realtor should have suggestions on who to call to correct the mold if it needs a pro. Actually, since this is Florida mold must be a common problem so there should be plenty of pros around to fix the problems.

We'll check the stuff at Home Depot.

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My question is how does he know there is mold in a wall as really the only way to know what is in a wall is cut a hole. Just because there was a roof leak doesn't mean there is mold. If the roof was fixed in a timely manner there may be no mold at all.
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The roof had mismatched shingles in large area. Every room had evidence of mold. House has been vacant several years at least. One bathroon (under bad shingles) the baseboard was so rotted it was almost disintegrated. The wood vanity was bowed out from moisture.

One pocket door had visable mold when I pulled it out.

This ceiling was the worst. There were many poorly patched areas thru out this 1,895 sf house.

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The second photo is one of the rounded corners in the house. We can't figure out why it needed repaired or why it was repaired with what felt like a shingle or asphalt, unless thats the only material that would bend.

I don't know but am thinking too much work and money. I would hate to see the condition of the attic after seeing interior damage.

Its a real shame such a beautiful house was let go like this. The owner died in 2006 and the family let it get like this. At the height of the market, 2004, it was valued over 200K.
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Good decision to walk away.
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