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Old 03-24-2011, 05:33 PM
 
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I've been looking for a home in Allegheny County for a few months now. I finally found a home and really like it. It's just a simple split level home in West Deer township. However there is one problem. The seller disclosed that there was a leak in the downstairs bathroom shower, which has been repaired. The laundry room shares a wall with that bathroom. There is a laundry tub in there directly opposite of the shower that leaked. The laundry tub currently has a small leak. Just behind the laundry tub there is a small amount of mold on the drywall. It's such a small amount that I could probably just take care of it myself.

Well, the home inspector suggested that we get an air test done to see if the spore count is high, which could mean there is a more substantial amount of mold inside the wall. I see how there could be given the history of water problems along that wall and the fact that it's a basement laundry room. Although I have read that some home inspectors suggest having mold tests done just to make a quick buck.

My buyer agent recommended a mold remediator to me. He looked at the area in question and said just to spray the small amount of exposed mold with some anti-fungal spray and don't worry about it.

I've never given that much thought to mold in houses. I realize it's all over the place. My wife and I don't really have problems with allergies or anything. We do have a 4 month old baby and plan on having another one soon. So that might be a concern. My other concern is that there ends up being unchecked mold growth in that wall and it becomes destructive. This is all assuming there is mold in the wall.

What do you all think? Test? Don't worry about it?

Thanks for taking the time to read my post.

Bryan
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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Get a test done and/or estimates to get rid of it all. Is downstairs the basement? There might be a leak in the foundation which is somewhat common around here. Someone recently asked and I think french drains with sump pumps are a good idea.
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:16 AM
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Location: Pittsburgh
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Home inspectors need to cover their butts, so they will alert you to everything. Mold has been a hot issue, but lets face it most homes you can find a bit of mold somewhere if you are into microscopes. If it was me, I wouldn't worry about it and fix the tiny problem myself. Even if you have to cut a bit of drywall and fix what needs fixing and button it back up. In real estate we often refer to Home Inspectors as deal breakers. A tiny bit of mold due to laundry should be an easy fix, but I am not there looking at it. Get the home and worse case, keep a bottle of mold spray and not worry about it. The spray called X-14 is pretty serious stuff.
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Hempfield Twp
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Have the sellers fix the problem as part of the sale or get estimates from a couple contractors (qualified and licensed) and get a deduct from the asking price. But, make sure you know what the true cause is so it can be priced accordingly. Small plumbing leaks and fiixing a non-load bearing wall that has a little mold on it aren't real tough fixes, esp. in the basement but a foundation wall leak can get quite expensive fairly quickly.

If it truly is a just plumbing leaks and a little mold on the wall, I'd get the cash in hand from the buyer (after getting estimates) and fix the stuff yourself and save some $. Install greenboard in this area to prevent mold in the future if leaks occur. You may have to replace some studs in the wall or the toe plate if the water has been penetrating for awhile.

Good luck.

If it is a foreclosure or some other type of sale, you are probably on your own no matter what so price your offer accordingly.
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:38 PM
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Have the sellers fix the problem as part of the sale or get estimates from a couple contractors (qualified and licensed) and get a deduct from the asking price. But, make sure you know what the true cause is so it can be priced accordingly. Small plumbing leaks and fiixing a non-load bearing wall that has a little mold on it aren't real tough fixes, esp. in the basement but a foundation wall leak can get quite expensive fairly quickly.
I just want to add, if you ask for things to be fixed and the seller shows the property to someone else and another buyer gets involved you might find yourself in a bidding war. For example, I was selling my home and it was under contract with a buyer. They had the home inspection, but I kept showing the property because I never count on buyers coming through. I showed my home to someone that wanted it and the other buyers wanted a bunch of things done before they moved in. They opened the door for me to renegotiate. It was a mistake if they wanted the home, because I ended up selling it for $5K more money and the buyers had no conditions. The first buyer was out the cost of the home inspection and lost the home. That home is probably worth over $100K more than what I sold it for. Was it worth it for them?

I just wanted to let you know, you are opening the door for another offer if you write up an addendum stating you want so and so fixed. It is done all the time, but you should know there is a little risk in putting the ball back in the sellers court.
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:00 PM
 
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Thanks for your opinions. I appreciate it.

I have decided to not make an issue out of the mold. I have consulted a lot of people at this point and the majority seem to think it's nothing to worry about. If it bothers me enough, then I'll look into fixing it on my own doing something similar to what hempfield suggested.

h_curtis, I'm not too worried about competing offers. My offer is very fair and I'm being flexible on the settlement date at their request. If someone trumps my offer, then so be it. Given more time I'm sure I could find a house I'd like just as much or even more. But I definitely see what you're saying though and it wasn't something that I thought of. Thanks for the information.

Bryan
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