Realtors work hard to earn and maintain their reputation with homebuyers and sellers alike. As such, you are likely no stranger to helping clients check every box to ensure their needs are met as they prepare to enjoy their new space to the fullest. Along your journey of advocating for your clients during a transfer of homeownership, be sure to remember the potential for hidden dangers lurking inside the home. Without a keen attention to detail, you could be missing something as serious as a hidden mold infestation. As such, let’s take a look at a few of the signs of mold growth.
- Visible Mold: The most obvious sign of a mold problem is visible growth throughout the home. Some molds are white and fuzzy, some are small clusters of black dots, and others are green in color. Regardless of the type of mold you discover, it is critical to have it inspected and cleaned prior to a transfer of ownership.
- Musty Smell: Not every type of mold produces an odor, but many do emit a musty, mildew-like smell. If you notice a lingering odor in portions of the home, particularly in places with running water like the bathroom or kitchen, it might indicate a hidden mold problem.
- Leaks: Has the home had trouble with water leaks or flooding in the past? If the water was not properly removed from the house and the area was never professionally dried, there’s a high likelihood that there is mold in the affected area.
- Water Damage: Are there any signs of water damage present at the property? Water stains, bubbling, discoloration on the walls/ floors, cracked flooring, and paint damage are all signs that point to water damage. Where there is water damage, there is often mold nearby.
Why Does Mold Matter?
So, why is it essential to remove mold if it is detected prior to a transfer of property? While the mold may have not caused any issues yet, it affects everyone differently. The last thing that you want to do is sell a home to a family that will experience discomfort and severe side effects from mold allergies.
Schedule a Duct Cleaning
Some varieties of mold linger in duct systems and are recirculated every time the HVAC system turns on. A thorough duct cleaning from the professionals at Clean Sweep can ensure household allergens and mold spores are removed from the ducts to make the home a healthier and cleaner place to live.
Prepare for a Transfer of Property with Clean Sweep Maryland
Call Clean Sweep Maryland today at 410-558-1111 for a professional chimney sweep, dryer vent cleaning, air duct cleaning, and gutter cleaning services designed to keep all of your listed properties safe for sellers and buyers.