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Old 06-04-2009, 10:51 AM
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I agree with Dave. I can't see anyway that's going to cost $2,000 unless you have replace a major portion of your HVAC. People freak about mold but it is not that bad in contained in a small area. I would take him up on his offer. You have a legitmate reason to go after the previous owners but what is it going to cost you in time.
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:17 AM
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contact your realtor
Our realtor and the sellers' realtor are aware of the situation. We are going to provide the quote to the sellers with the hopes that they pay all (or at least a significant portion) of the damages, but we haven't heard yet if they are willing to foot the bill or not.

$2000 for the repair?
The main reason for the high cost is the cost of hiring a mold remediation specialist. Their portion of the total will likely be about 50-75%. I sent you a PM, so we can discuss further.

The OP will have to prove the sellers hid the problem. He said he had 2 inspections, why 2, I don't know, but that alone may go against him.
We only had one inspection prior to closing. Once we moved in and noticed the mold we had a separate certified mold inspector come out just to look at that particular area.

If you did the right thing and have a licensed and BONDED inspector, put a claim into them, since they didn't find it, and it will cover at least a portion of your costs.
I had a licensed inspector perform the home inspection. How would I go about filing a claim?

Did you get a home warranty when you bought the house? If so, I would call them first.
We did, but the warranty specifically states that they do not cover mold. They may cover the roof however...so I might need to check that out.
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Old 06-04-2009, 01:47 PM
Location: The Big D
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I didn't know the state now had "certified mold inspectors"????

Mold is COMMON in every single house. It is simple to clean up and you don't need a mold remediation company to do it either. Insurance does not cover it anymore because people went bonkers w/ this "mold" hype a few years ago. Granted with yours being a leaky roof it is going to be a bit more than what some would be but still not too bad. As long as the areas that have been effected by the mold are removed and replaced all should be well.

Now, as for the sellers......... to KNOW they had a leak or had one at some point in time is NOT good. Problem is going to be proving they KNEW about it. Might talk to some neighbors but do it in a "light conversation" approach so as not to make them think that your going to use them as a witness. Kind of like, "we love the house and the neigbhorhood and so far everything is going good. Just trying to figure out now if we have a leak after all of that rain recently". THEN see what the neighbors say. Just shake your head and say, "hmm". And nothing more.
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Old 06-04-2009, 01:50 PM
Location: The Big D
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Oh, and everyone knows what is used to "remove" mold don't you? On areas that are NOT removed that is. Something VERY CHEAP and common..........
Bleach. Good friend was an adjuster for a major insurance company and he would tell us stories of going to peoples houses w/ "mold" claims and it would be in their bathrooms in the showers and such. Of course they would turn it down and just tell them they needed to clean their house better. LOL!!!
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Old 06-04-2009, 02:15 PM
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You know we've lived in a few houses now and I've finally decided that there is always some little surprise that the sellers 'forgot' to tell you about - the patched garage wall that they ran the wall into, the slight decay in the undersink cabinet because the entire frigging countertop was graded to drain to the back, a little roach problem, the fact that they had to treat the home for termites,etc. Have I thought about suing their pants off or writing them a not very nice letter? Sure but what is going to come of it? Proving that they knew something and neglected to tell you is very difficult. And at 2K is it really worth it?
I have no idea how big this spot is but it's being in the garage instead of the home would be a relief. With the dry heat of the summer it probably won't spread as much as it would along the coast.

I'd just have the mess cleaned up, fix the roof and keep an eye out for any more popping up inside the house.
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Old 06-04-2009, 03:31 PM
Location: la hacienda
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Here's some good information about mold:

Mold: General Information: Facts About Mold and Dampness | CDC APRHB
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:40 PM
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I need to have black mold cleaned up under my dishwasher. I have been very sick since I moved into my house and just discovered why.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:58 PM
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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You probably have a water leak that you should get repaired.

It may not be "Black Mold". Spray it with Bleach & water (Tilex) and clean it up.
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:29 AM
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and I am not fan of updating old posts but thought the experience we had recently buying home in FL was interesting

we bought house w/o actually going in person--
it was next door to our daughter and she knew the owners as neighbors--not friends--but had been in their house and from what she could see they took good care of their property
AND it was next door to her so when it went up for sale we looked on line, had a realtor we knew and her go through it--
they both throught it was in good shape and was listed at fair price for all the updates the owners had done
so we put in offer and they took ours--there was another offer at same time

when furniture was out and we closed we went in and there was very large water connection on corner wall in living area--not visible because of furniture placement and not shown to our daughter or realtor during the home tour (and owner was on site)
there was also a very nice/expensive ceiling fan with light and two fans that had been in dining area and was supposed to stay with other fans/attached items...was not reserved as theirs in the contract of sale...
they took it and replaced a fan worth 1K or close to it with a $50 from HOme Depot
tacky behavior and we did not notice the fan was gone until week or so after closing when I was looking through some of the MLS photos they posted...
told our realtor about the switch but really nothing to be done--
cost us under 200 to have the water connection moved back inside the wall
it still bows after the painters replaced sheetrock and repainted because the pipe comes from the slab too close to where the wall is set...

live and learn
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Old 07-13-2012, 10:23 PM
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Originally Posted by DaveG99 View Post
$2000 for the repair? it should not be that high. Im a roofing estimator. PM me and I can hook you up. I do repairs on the side. And a little moldy shet rock is not a huge concern. Everyone seems to freak out when they see a bit of mold. Sometimes once the leak issue is fixed you can just clean up the sheet rock and as long as the area stays dry the mold will die.
Yes, what DaveG99 just said....

$2000 sounds like you're really being gouged. Mold needs moisture. Fix the leak, get rid of the moisture. Dispose of the sheet rock that has the mold.
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