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        Q. I'm an appraiser who is currently appraising a toxic mold infected home. I have been able to find sales of similarly infected homes, but have not been able to find any sales after remediation. I am trying to determine if once infected, that the residence is stigmatized and suffer a diminution of value after clean-up. Do you know of any re-sales? Do you know of any appraisers that specialize in this field? Any guidance will be greatly appreciated

        A. Sorry, but I am not aware of any data you can use. But I can relate some anecdotal experience: (1) most mold remediators are poorly-trained and do an inferior job of mold remediation, often leaving more mold afterwards than before the job; (2) even if a home has been properly-remediated, sellers must disclose the mold history to prospective buyers under most state's real estate sales disclosure laws; (3) people do not want to buy a house with mold problems, or even a mold history. Such homes are extremely hard to sell.  Each remediated home, after remediation, needs to be inspected by an independent [of the remediator] Certified Mold Inspector to see if the house passes "clearance testing." You ought to consider completing the comprehensive mold training course yourself [through the Study Mold at Home distance learning] to be a Certified Mold Inspector or Certified Mold Remediator and make mold-affected appraisals one of your specialties to do not only in your own state, but also neighboring states. It would be a much needed service.

       Q. I am buying a house that had a past mold problem. The people that sold it were going through a divorce and the wife left the water running and left. One day the township people drove by and seen the grass was real long cause no one was living there for a while. They looked in the window and seen mold and declared the property temporarily unlivable. Someone else bought the home and fixed everything it has a new kitchen and all new carpets and paint. They even painted the basement walls and floor. After that they had air quality test done and that came back good. This was a year ago. Should I be worried about this? What should I do. [October 23, 2004]
      
A. You need to mold test the home yourself to learn the mold truth about the home. Hire a Certified Mold Inspector or use do it yourself mold test kits available from a large hardware or home improvement store. The reason you should be very wary about this allegedly-remediated home is that most mold contractors lack the proper planning to do safe and effective mold remediation. In addition, many mold remediators take many shortcuts to increase their profit but with the result that often mold contamination is actually worse AFTER mold remediation than before because of spread mold cross-contamination. Learn the 20 steps required for safe and effective mold remediation.  Test the air of any attic/basement/crawl space, garage, each room, and the outward air flow from each heating/cooling duct register for the possible presence of elevated levels of airborne mold spores, in comparison to your outdoor mold control test. You should also collect samples of any visible mold for mold lab analysis and mold lab mold species identification by using the Scotch tape lift sampling technique.. Collect a different mold sample from each different mold growth location. 

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