Real estate agents are used to dealing with all sorts of issues in the process of selling or renting a property. One issue in particular has the ability to break just about any real estate transaction if it is not properly addressed. That issue is mold. Often, buyers who see mold automatically conclude the property has a water problem and walk away from it before even considering the cause of the mold or their options for remediating it. Or, a buyer’s perceived value of the home is lowered, which means their offer on the property drops proportionately. Both scenarios leave the realtor and the seller frustrated and unable to finalize the deal.
Before you lose another sale because of mold or suspected mold in a residential or commercial property, call Certified Indoor Environmental. We are a family-owned and operated mold removal and remediation company serving Oregon’s Portland and Salem metropolitan areas. Not only are we local, we are familiar with the rainy, humid climate of the Pacific Northwest – a climate that can lead to mold in any type of property, especially one with improper ventilation or that is vacant a long time.
How Does Certified Indoor Environmental Help Realtors?
Don’t miss another sale because a property you’re trying to sell has mold or a dank, mildew smell. The experts at Certified Indoor Environmental are available to handle mold problems in any type of residential or commercial property. We want property sellers to garner top dollar for their properties, but have seen situations where the existence of a mold infestation brings down the value of a property in the eyes of potential buyers.
Our goal is to help realtors and property sellers in all types of situations where mold might get in the way to closing a deal.
- A home or property inspection turns up mold in an attic or crawl space – We address the two concerns when mold is found in either a crawl space or an attic during the course of a buyer’s inspection: 1) Because mold requires moisture to grow, we first determine the cause of the moisture and provide a recommendation to fix it, and 2) We fully remediate the area to remove the mold and prevent it from returning.
- A home or business property you are trying to sell has a serious mold problem visible on the walls in the basement – Realtors should urge property owners to remediate mold problems before potential buyers come in. If not, they can expect fewer and/or lower offers for their property. We support the real estate sales process by eliminating mold and treating the area to keep mold away for at least 36 months, and leave a property clean and fresh for when potential buyers come to look.
- The closing date on the property is fast approaching and the buyer decides they want to inspect for mold – Certified Indoor Environmental performs air sampling and mold testing in homes and businesses that need testing done prior to settlement on the property. If mold is found as a result of the testing or the air sample shows a high mold spore count, we can usually remediate and treat mold in just a day or two.
- A property seller’s disclosure indicates that a home has, or had, a mold infestation – We are available to support realtors and potential buyers during the home inspection process by testing for mold, sampling the air for mold spores, or treating a visible mold. In addition, we inspect a property for past or present water damage and provide a recommendation for repairing that problem.
- A potential buyer indicates they or someone in their family has allergies and asthma – Give buyers peace of mind by recommending they obtain a professional mold inspection on a property they truly love. If mold is discovered, it can be removed and remediated prior to move-in day so the buyer knows their new home is completely mold-free.
The bottom line for us at Certified Indoor Environmental is to mitigate and remediate mold issues as quickly and effectively as possible so realtors can be certain the home or business property they are trying to sell is in show-ready condition at the time it is listed. We identify the situation that led to the growth of mold and make recommendations for solving that problem. We also safely and thoroughly remediate the entire affected area. By taking these steps upfront, realtors can eliminate any health concerns of potential buyers who know the property they are thinking of buying contains mold.
Certified Indoor Environmental’s Professional Mold Remediation Process
When asked, realtors can explain the process (overview below) we use to remediate mold in residential and commercial properties. Of course, our customer service team is available to provide detailed information and answers to all questions. Certified Indoor Environmental will:
- Test for mold and sample the air in multiple locations to determine the presence of mold and level of mold spores present.
- Take safety precautions by sealing off the affected area to contain the mold and prevent its spread.
- Locate the source of water entry or moisture that led to the mold growth and provide our recommendation for fixing it.
- Clean, dry, and decontaminate the area; remove mold stains from walls, wood, ceiling tiles etc.
- Re-sample the air to confirm the mold has been completely eliminated and perform a walk-through of the area.
- Provide the property owner with a report containing before and after photos, the detailed steps Certified Mold Cleaning took to eliminate the mold, and our recommendations for the homeowner to follow to prevent future infestations.
Certified Indoor Environmental is licensed, bonded, and insured, and our master technicians are IICRC-certified and trained. If you are a real estate agent and you are trying to sell a home with mold, call us today. As professionals in the mold remediation industry, we will put our proven mold removal process to work for you. We are proud of our commitment to customer service and the quality work we perform, as well as to ensuring whatever property you are trying to sell is dry and mold-free.
Realtors who take proactive steps to combat mold in a property that is up for sale, are doing everyone a favor – the sellers, buyers, and especially themselves – and gain peace of mind knowing the property will be clean, safe, and mold-free for its new occupants.