Mold in Your Home ImageOne of the hidden dangers of a home you’re about to purchase might be the presence of mold. Not only can this lower the home’s value, but it can be expensive and dangerous.

Mold is well-known for causing breathing problems and other lasting conditions that get worse over time. In order to check for the presence of mold in a house you’re considering buying, you need to look in a few specific places.

Old and Worn Carpet

The first of these is under the carpet. Usually, it’s dark and musty under older carpet and this environment provides the perfect place for mold to spread. If the carpet is worn in several places, this may be a sign that it needs replaced and could be hiding additional problems.

Talk to the real estate agent about having this area checked, unless you’re handling the deal on your own. Then, you can have a conversation with the current homeowner to find out if they have a history of problems with mold.

Wall Paneling Hides Mold

Wall paneling is another great spot for mold to hide. Usually, this material stays on the walls for several years and doesn’t get replaced until it’s time to remodel. However, depending on the age of the home and the efficiency of the insulation, this could be a large mask for serious infestation issues.

Mold spreads quietly, so you only notice it when it has already done a lot of damage. In order to find out if this area has been inspected, talk to the real estate agent or home inspector directly. During their inspection, they can ask for a partial area of these wall covers to be removed in order to get an accurate picture.

Using Home Inspection Results

The results of your investigation or the report of the home inspector will be a great place to start. Even if the home does not currently have mold problems, you’ll need to keep an eye on this issue.

With proper maintenance, regular cleaning and sufficient ventilation, you can avoid spending a lot of money and time repairing this problem. It will also help you maintain the value of your home without decreasing the equity you’ve built up to date.

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