New Home Buyers Mold Checklist
The search for a home can be an exciting yet stressful time in our lives. For most, purchasing a home is the single largest investment a person will make. There are an overwhelming number of details and options to consider when making a decision. People often lean to buying a new home assuming there will be fewer problems. Some choose to buy an older home assuming they are “built to last” therefore having fewer problems. The truth is that all homes, new or old, can have issues. It’s really just a question of evaluating the potential issues to determine if you are capable and willing to deal with them.
Usually, the first impression is based on the overall look of the home without much consideration to the foundation and basic construction. It’s easy to be dazzled by nice decor, open concepts and new appliances. Unfortunately, some of the more common issues overlooked are signs of water intrusion, moisture problems and ventilation.
These issues can be a major contributing factor to a myriad of problems, such as structural damage, pest infestation and mold growth.
The most important thing is not to panic as all homes require maintenance. The first step is to understand what to look for, the cost & effort to resolve any potential problems and the ongoing maintenance required for your home. Once you have this information, you can then make the best home buying decision for you and your family.
There are many resources available to you as you search for your dream home – your real estate agent, the home inspection, friends and relatives, and just about anyone in your life who has owned a home.
But, are there things you can do to help yourself identify potential issues?
Of course there is!
NEW HOME OWNERS CHECKLIST – Water Intrusion, Moisture and Ventilation
- Look for cracks in the foundation
- Crumbling concrete
- Water pooling – is it close to the foundation of the home?
- Damaged eaves troughs
- Grading of the home, is water running away from the home?
- Roof condition
- Missing shingles
- Vents in the ceiling, exterior of home for kitchens, bathrooms and dryers
- Visible signs of water staining or penetration (ie. around windows and doors, spacing between the bricks/siding)
- Is there a musty smell when you first enter the home?
- Is there a musty smell in the basement?
- Does it feel humid in the home?
- Turn on taps, and look under the sink, are there any visible leaks or water stains?
- Turn on fans in the kitchen & bathroom(s), are they working?
- Are there any visible signs of water damage, water staining or bubbling paint throughout the home?
- Is there condensation on the windows?
- Are the areas around the window sills clean and dry?
Moisture problems are most noticeable in the basement, areas surrounding the foundation, the roof and the windows, so pay close attention to these areas in particular.
If you suspect there are issues, use the resources available to you to help understand the nature of the problem and what it would take to fix it.