How Would A First Time Home Buyer in Mission Viejo Deal With Toxic Mold?

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How Would A First Time Home Buyer in Mission Viejo Deal With Toxic Mold?

Home Inspections Issues Come in Three Sizes – Small Medium and Large Problems

by Leslie Eskildsen

Congratulations!  You persevered in the battle for buying Mission Viejo homes and emerged victorious.  Now you’re in escrow with a chunk of change out of your bank account and into the escrow account.  It’s time for your home inspection.  Brace yourself.  This could either be a roller coaster or a walk in the park.  Here’s what most home inspections will reveal – three kinds of problems.  Small, medium, and large problems to be precise.  Here’s what I mean.

  1. Small Home Inspection Problems – Most Home Inspectors will let you know that a window screen is missing, a light does not come on, a switch plate is missing, and that the latch on the gate is difficult to operate.  In my opinion, these are small problems.  Get some new light bulbs, a screw driver, and a can of WD-40 and usually you’ll be good to go.  I say usually because I certainly do not want to ever minimize what might be a symptom of a larger problem.  You shouldn’t either.  Ask your inspector (you are going to show up for the Home Inspection) what he suspects the cause of the item noted to be.  Inspectors know tons of stuff – they can really help you sort the issues they discover into these Small, Medium and Large buckets.
  2. Medium Home Inspection Problems – Heating and Air Conditioning System issues, electrical wires improperly installed, and non-functioning appliances are what I’d categorize as Medium Problems.  Bigger than the small stuff, but not a disaster.  Get an HVAC tech to give a quote on the heater, have an electrician look at the faulty wiring, and price out what a new dishwasher will cost.
  3. Large Home Inspection Problems – Mold, Chimney Damage and Roof Damage are the biggest problems I’ve run across lately.  Mold, because it has to be identified by taking some samples and sending them to an independent lab for analysis.  And because the removal of contaminated material and cleaning should only be done by a trained and certified mold abatement professional or Certified Microbial Consultant this process is usually complex and costly.  But rest assured, it mold can be remediated.  Chimney Damage tends to be a large problem as well.  Depending on the type of problem and the size of the chimney, this could also become complex and costly to repair.  And Roof Damage that has gone undetected is such a risk for more damage inside the house if water is allowed past the roof’s barrier material.  Another potentially costly repair.

What’s the point of sorting your problems into these categories?  So you can size up what you’re facing in terms of time and cost to repair.  So you can figure out which ones you are willing to tackle yourself and those you’d prefer to ask the seller to fix.  So you can write up a clear, specific, and detailed Request for Repairs for the seller. And then cross your fingers and hold your breath and pray the sellers agree.  If they don’t, you’ll have the information you’ll need to figure out if you want to stay in the deal or move on – a tricky question in a market like the one we’re in now where there are so few houses to choose from.  As the Chinese Proverb goes, may you live in interesting times.

I’m Leslie Eskildsen.  Just keeping it real in Mission Viejo Real Estate.  We can do this.  Call me.  Text me.  949-678-3373  Email me.


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