A real estate agent’s guide to mold

Preventing mold in the workplace The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides a detailed guide to Preventing Mold-Related Problems in the Workplace (PDF).

The way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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To avoid delayed or lost sales, get the facts and remove the mold

“Mold.” The word alone can make buyers, sellers and real estate agents jittery. Mold can cause lost and delayed sales — especially when mold is discovered during an inspection.

To avoid such pitfalls, arm yourself with facts about mold. Explain that not all molds are toxic, despite what your clients hear. And explain that mold only grows where it has access to moisture. If a single spot in a home has mold, it doesn’t mean you need to tear apart the entire home. If you’re selling a home with mold, you can avoid pitfalls by consulting a mold remediation specialist, like Tahoe Mold and Water. We understand the nature of mold problems. Our trained staff uses the latest technology and equipment to find the source, remove the mold and restore the home to good health. We provide detailed estimates and timelines — and like you, we work with a sense of urgency.

If you’re representing a buyer, consider adding a mold-related contingency to your offer. Appraisers also should point out any obvious signs of a mold problem that can affect the value of a property.

By addressing the mold problem quickly and completely, you will lessen the chance of legal action against yourself or anyone else in the transaction. And you can turn a potential liability into a selling point — the seller has taken the necessary steps to rid the house of mold.

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What does California law say?

Visit our laws page for information on state and federal laws regarding mold.

The California Association of Realtors provides a sales disclosure chart (PDF) that explains what is and is not required as far as real estate transactions in California.

More information

The National Association of Realtors offers an entire library about mold and mold-related health issues.

You can find a link on our Articles page.