Mold Remediation & the Real Estate Transaction

During the last six months I’ve seen a few challenges to selling real estate in Central Virginia (baby copperhead snakes in the closet; after providing loan approval, lender deciding not to fund the loan on the day scheduled for closing; out of town appraisers going to the wrong property and starting the appraisal; repair requests from home inspections; etc.).  While selling an old farm house with several additions in Albemarle County, I encountered my 1st request for mold remediation.  The home inspector identified something and urged more testing which identified the mold.  Did this stop the sale?  No!  But you cannot just wash the mold with bleach and rinse with water to make the challenge go away.

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Mold Remediation in Crawl Space

Since the seller had the option of correcting the challenge, professionals were brought in to resolve the mold challenge.  With the help of Intrastate Services Co. of Charlottesville, Virginia, we were able to remediate/treat the mold, remove the damaged surfaces, replace the insulation and vapor barrier and install a dehumidifier to work at defeating the source of the mold.  After the work was completed, the same environmental inspector that ID’d the challenge for the purchaser. Environmental Health Consultants, Inc. , come out and verified the mold remediation and correctness of the work.

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Mold Remediation in Basement

Since I’m allergic to mold, it’s great to know we’ve got these resources to deal with the challenge of mold in homes.  Sure it cost the sellers some money and took extra effort to accomplish but the cost outweighed the cancellation of the sale.

Wow, did I learn a lot about mold and mold remediation.  Next time we remediate for mold(I’m sure there’ll be one), I’ll get some before, after and during photos plus more info to share.  If you have some photos to share, please send them to me, thanks!


About James Friend Dickerson

Real Estate Consultant As a native of Central Virginia and a full time REALTOR since 1991, James listens to your needs to provide information allowing you to make informed choices. In our constantly changing world, you need a REALTOR who puts you first providing rigidly flexible service. James Dickerson provides a high level of service designed to fit each individual clients needs. Having received many awards from both the local Association of REALTORS and RE/MAX International, James is recognized as an authority on the local real estate market. The highest form of recognition James receives continues to be the many repeat clients who seek out his services time after time plus sending their relatives, friends, co-workers and neighbors to James for their real estate needs. Contact James today for an interview to discuss your real estate needs. James is a licensed real estate sales person in the Commonwealth of Virginia with Charlottesville Solutions. Personal As a Central Virginia native (Born in Charlottesville and raised in Albemarle and Louisa Counties), James' youth was filled with extra-curricular activities and organizations centered around school, church and the Boy Scouts of America. A graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management, James' non-real estate activities include spending time with family & friends, traveling, stalking deer & spring gobblers, fly fishing, church and Masonic activities. James and his lovely bride Karen live between Zion Crossroads and Gordonsville in the Green Springs area of Louisa County. Their dog Sammy passed away so they'll be adopting another dog soon through
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