Before buying a home, a full inspection is highly recommended for both the buyer and the seller.
The perfect home can be easily ruined in the eyes of the buyer with a simple four letter word: mold. Mold can be extremely dangerous if left untreated. One of the most important parts of the sale is getting the most value for your home.
Mold takes away from this value, as well as the chances of a quick sale.
Although many believe mold is only an issue in older homes, it can also be found in newer homes as well. The way mold enters these two types of homes can differ. Often in older homes, there is less insulation, making it more possible for mold to grow. In addition, these basements are often damp, creating the perfect environment for an infestation.
Newer homes can also suffer from a mold outbreak but due to different circumstances. Often, new homes are built with little room for "breathing." Due to this, air becomes trapped more easily, feeding on drywall and any retained moisture.
Mold can be found hiding behind walls, underneath basement stairs and within other out-of-sight areas. One of the most common signs of mold in the home is a musty, wet smell. Often the only way to determine if there is mold in the home is by physically checking by tearing off drywall or moving things around.
When searching for the perfect home, be aware of any present mold issues, or an environment which may breed mold in the future.