(Closed) Home inspection – possble mold in attic.. sigh…

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Honestly, I don’t know that I would even be willing to touch a house with mold problems.  Mold can be a really big concern and a major health issue.

Sorry – I know that probably isn’t what you want to hear.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m kind of puzzled by your description actually. It doesn’t sound like there is extensive mold damage or anything. Condensation means there is an insulation problem on the inside. A new roof on the outside would only be required if there is an actual leak (like rain or snow coming in). So you are describing two different problems. Are you clear on which (or both) problem you have?

Condensation forms inside when the dew point is located inside the structure. Adding insulation and a vapor barrier on the warm side (inside) will fix that issue. It will also lower your heating bills, so it’s a good idea.

I don’t think either issue would be a deal-breaker for me.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Run, do not walk, away from this property unless they’re willing to give you $15k back for mold remediation and replacing the roof. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would recommend that you can have the area (and air quality) tested to confirm whether or not it’s mold–it’s usually not too expensive and you can get results back pretty quick (My SO is a remediation contractor and does the tests for people all the time). If it is mold and you end up going through with the purchase, it’s not the end of the world, just be sure to have it taken care of ASAP because mold loves heat and humidity (i.e. Summer). Also make sure that your contractor follows good containment procedures, or the mold could spread to other areas of the house. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MrsJ19:  Glad to hear you’re not willing to compromise.  We walked on 2 sales because of ceiling mold in once case and basement mold in the other.  Also factor in that you may not be able to live in the house while some work is done and if you’re asthmatic/have any young children/elderly people living with you or visiting you frequently that they may have to stay away for a while.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We had a similar situation with our house, #1 we got an appraisal of the home to ensure that home was not over priced.  The inspecor noticed that there was a diesel spill under the house that had not been cleaned up properly.  After discussing with the owners, we had the lawyer add to the contract that they would pay for all the cleanup including a proffesional enviornmental assessment (soil samples)  Oil spills and mold are similar the cost can quickly spiral into the tens of thousands.  I would not take a rebate, I would demand they fix the problem and change the roof.  Watch Holmes on Homes show and see how quickly these problems escalate.  Don’t worry about pissing them off, the worse that can hapen is that they say no.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m sorry this happening to you. I have a simular story. From the outside the roof looked new. When the inspector went into the attic it was a whole other story. The roof was replaced in 2004 after a hurricane and what happen was the plyood that the roof shingles are attached to wasn’t completely dry when they put the new roof on. It caused major wood rot. The roof would have to be torn off and new plywood laid down. We ended up walking away from the house and ended up finding a even better house a few weeks later. Good luck!

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