DIY Bargain or Mouldy Nightmare?

Bargain for a bit of work or nightmare filled with hidden issues — like mould? Risky real estate buys can bring on much more than you bargained for.

Old houses…old problems
With the price of housing in the GTA, not to say the competition for viable homes, many people are considering deals they may never before. It’s not unheard of for house hunters to be searching for a year or more, making offer after offer above the asking price, only to be outbid again and again.

The situation has led many people to buy fixer-uppers with the hopes of landing a bargain, knowing full well there is work to be done, and it’s more and more common for such sales to take place even without an inspection. However, what many are not considering is that there may be much more to an older, neglected property than meets the eye.

Even with an inspection, there’s no guarantee that the inspector will find mould which can be hidden,

  • Underneath flooring;
  • Inside cupboards;
  • In the walls;
  • In the basement.

Mould is no joke
All it takes is a pinhole leak in plumbing, or a slightly leaking window frame, and moisture that lingers for 24 to 48 hours and mould can start to take hold. If a home has been neglected for any significant length of time, the chances are overwhelming that mould is present somewhere in the building.

When it is hidden in the walls or under flooring, a home inspector may not even catch it or note it on the report. When you move in, all you may notice is a telltale musty odour…at first. Mould can cause a host of problems.

  • Persistent cough;
  • Nose, throat and eye irritation;
  • Breathing difficulties;
  • Asthma and allergies worsened, even if under treatment;
  • And much more.

We Can Help
We can help. If you suspect the presence of mould in your home, you can’t afford to delay. You can trust the experienced mould removal experts at GreenStream Environmental to take care of the issue for you. In the Toronto area contact GreenStreamEnvironmental.ca at (416) 818-9414. Contact us for a quote today.

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