Many times, a lucrative real estate transaction falls through because of specific property damage revealed during a home inspection. Because of the pre-existing damage, the buyer is reluctant to purchase, knowing that they’ll have to pay for the restoration after the sale. They may also choose to make the sale contingent on the remediation or even lower the sale price by the estimate for repairs.
Don’t let these types of issues stop the sale! By hiring a professional property damage restoration company like Mountain Air Restoration, you can go into the negotiations with a plan in place or the problem solved.
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Property Damages That Kill Real Estate Deals
The Presence of Mold Requires Mold Remediation
Not only is mold unsightly, it also causes structural damage and exacerbates certain health conditions. When mold is discovered during an inspection, it’s often a deal breaker. A professional mold remediation company with IICRC-certified Applied Microbial Technicians can perform a thorough, whole-house mold assessment to determine the source of the moisture as well as the extent of the mold growth. Once a plan is in place, remediation can begin, starting with isolation and containment, followed by thorough cleanup of the mold. The home will be restored to a safe, healthy state, putting the buyer's mind at ease.
Pervasive Odors That Won’t Just “Air Out”
If a property was inhabited by a heavy smoker, the smoke odor will be noticeable for months or years. Lingering odors can also be the result of water damage, mold, or small fires. Without being treated by an IICRC-certified Odor Control Technician, the odors will remain. A basic cleaning service won’t suffice. Odor removal professionals have the advanced equipment, products and training to thoroughly clean and remove those noxious odors from the property.
Water Damaged Properties Don’t Sell
When water damage occurs in a property, the effects can last forever – and gradually get worse – without the attention of an IICRC-certified Water Restoration Technician. When water damage shows up on an inspection report, the sale is unlikely to proceed unless the cause of water damage is definitively determined and restoration is completed. Water damage restoration begins with detailed moisture mapping of the area to identify the true scope of the damage. If the moisture has spread under baseboards or floorboards or inside the walls or ceilings, those materials may or may not need to be removed for a thorough dry-out. Once the affected area is dried to appropriate moisture levels, the space can be restored to pre-loss conditions, and your real estate transaction can move forward with the assurance that the mitigation was completed by a professional water damage restoration contractor and that the home is safe.
No One Wants a Flooded Basement
Wet basements don’t sell. Academics studies show that past flooding events can drop a home’s value by 15% or more. The “evidence of water” in the basement is actually a line item on a standard inspection report. So what can you do about your flood-prone basement? First, get it dry. A professional water damage restoration company can remove any standing water, thoroughly dry out the basement, and get rid of any lingering musty odors. They’ll also be able to help you pinpoint the cause of the flooding, whether it’s an appliance leak, improperly installed drain, or defects in the concrete walls. Your water restoration technician will coordinate with other trusted trade professionals to fix the source of the flooding, leaving you with a property that is suitable for a sale.
A Clean, Encapsulated Crawl Space Is A Big Selling Point
Home inspectors never neglect to examine a home's crawl space. If they find evidence of water damage, leaks, or bad ventilation, they'll warn the buyer that there is real potential of the need for extensive water damage restoration, either because of structural damage or mold growth. Professional water damage restoration companies are actually crawl space experts. Not only will they be able to cleanup and repair any existing damage, they'll also pinpoint the source of the excess moisture. Once the water source is fixed, they'll install a vapor barrier to help prevent future issues. The home buyer will be reassured that the home is not only safe and healthy for their family and but also will remain that way for years to come.
Don't wait to ask for help fixing your property!
Damaged properties are hard to sell, but a professional restoration company can come to the rescue to mitigate any damage, with the documentation to prove to the prospective buyer that the work was completed to the highest standards. Please contact us today to schedule a property damage assessment and take the next step to get you closer to “SOLD!”
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