Mold Affected Home in Taylorsville Utah – Or The Man Who Loved His Home Too Much
We perform a lot of inspections for people who are looking to buy a home. They don’t want to have any surprises. They are trying to investigate and understand all of the problems with a home before they buy it. Knowledge is power. If you know about something you can take appropriate actions. If a home you are considering buying has mold you can can find out what the removal and repairs will cost and adjust your offer to buy the home accordingly. Well this particular experience was a little different.
The prospective buyer who hired us did not want to know about the mold in the home. It was a bank owned home, and he was convinced that he had already negotiated a very good price on the home. In the process of getting a new mortgage on the home, the mortgage company required a home inspection. The home inspector pointed out some possible mold in his report. The mortgage company did not want to make a bad investment, so they required a mold inspection and report from a mold professional. That is the actual reason we were there, is because it was required by the mortgage company for them to grant a loan.
We did find a lot of mold. All of the basement walls were mold affected and about half of the ceiling. The water had come from problems in both of the bathrooms on the main floor above. Both bathrooms needed to be pretty nearly demolished, including a shower. This is a lot of mold, a lot of work required and a lot of repairs; at a very considerable cost of course. The total cost of the mold cleanup and repairs was over $45,000. We wrote up a report for this customer and his mortgage company that described the damage and the needed repairs. The logical thing would be to ask the seller to pay for or share in the cost of the needed work. Well this man wanted this house pretty bad and I guess he thought it was worth what he had already negotiated for the home. He did not give our report to the mortgage company, instead he found someone that knew little or nothing about mold to write up a statement that minimized the mold problem. Even though he was not the owner of the home yet, he hid the problem from his mortgage company. He over paid for the house. He obviously did a poor or insufficient mold cleanup and he moved his family into this mold affected home. At times emotions can lead to irrational behavior, including loving a home too much.