Realtor Information for Mold, Water Damage and Asbestos

How Mold Can Slow Down or Prevent a Sale

Mold or water damage can be a huge problem for home sellers. Not only does it create an unpleasant environment, but it can also cause significant health risks and costly repairs. It is not uncommon for mold to grow in areas where there has been an extended period of moisture or humidity. If left unchecked, this damage can quickly spread throughout the house and become very expensive to repair. In some cases, it could even make a property unsellable due to its severity.

Naturally, home buyers will shy away from homes with mold or water damage due to the potential cost associated with fixing the issue and any long-term health risks that might arise from living in such environments. As such, any seller should take precautions before listing their home on the market if they suspect mold or water damage may be present to prevent delays in selling their home and reduce its overall value.

When Do You Need Mold Remediation?

Due to condensation, it is not uncommon to find mold in bathrooms or on window sills. Small isolated areas of mold do not require professional mold remediation. Professional mold remediation is recommended for areas over 10 square feet but is not always necessary. We frequently inform property owners of maintenance recommendations that eliminate the conditions leading to mold growth and allow them to do the work themselves!

Mold Growth: A Sign of a Moisture Problem

Mold growth often indicates a more significant moisture problem in the home. It often suggests elevated humidity, plumbing leaks, or water intrusion somewhere in the house. When mold is discovered in basements, attics, and crawl spaces, buyers and sellers should not be dissuaded or dismayed– there are feasible options!

Once the moisture source is identified and corrected and mold is removed, it will not recur as long as the environment is managed effectively.

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Why Realtors Should Hire a Professional Water Damage and Mold Remediation Specialist

Realtors should always consider using a mold remediation expert if they suspect a home or property has mold. Any water intrusions are a risk. Property owners (sellers) and property managers must also understand how to treat water damage or mold areas once discovered. Disclose any visible water intrusion or mold and any past water intrusion or mold problems.

A professional water damage and mold remediation specialist, like Octagon Cleaning & Restoration, will have the experience and expertise to identify any signs of moisture problems or potential areas where mold may be growing. They will also be able to advise on the best course of action for removing mold growth and preventing future occurrences. This is especially important since some types of molds can spread quickly throughout an entire house if not addressed early on.

How Asbestos Abatement Can Help Realtors Sell Properties Quickly and Safely

Asbestos abatement is important to any home inspection or mold remediation process. Asbestos can be found in many older homes and buildings, and it poses a serious health risk if left untreated. Asbestos fibers are microscopic and can easily become airborne when disturbed, making them difficult to detect without the help of a professional. If asbestos is suspected or known to be on a property, it is essential to hire a qualified asbestos abatement specialist to ensure that any asbestos-containing materials are safely removed.

Professional abatement specialists will use specialized equipment and techniques to identify, contain, remove, and dispose of any asbestos material present in the home or building. They will also provide guidance on how best to prevent future exposure by sealing off areas where asbestos was found and providing advice on air quality testing after removal is complete.

Octagon Cleaning & Restoration can help realtors by providing high-quality asbestos abatement services. Our specialists are knowledgeable and experienced in identifying, containing, and removing any hazardous materials, such as asbestos, in homes or buildings. We use specialized equipment and techniques to ensure the safety of occupants as well as complete disposal of any asbestos material present.

Why Chose Octagon as Your Mold Remediation and Asbestos Abatement Partner

As a locally owned and operated business, we provide experience, objective, honest assessments, and a free initial site inspection for our Maine and New Hampshire customers. We’ve earned the trust of property owners, home inspectors, realtors, and a variety of building contractors statewide. Your buyers and sellers will not be ripped off, and the deal will not die when working with a reputable company like ours.

We often receive calls from new property owners requesting documentation of completed mold remediation or asbestos abatement work. If you have a listing, and we’ve completed remediation on the property for your seller, ensure you have documentation from us describing the finished work. It will save the buyers future time and effort, and we’re happy to provide a description.