Buyer beware: Foreclosed homes could mean mold
The glut of foreclosed homes on the market may seem In the winter month, vacant homes without heat are the home to substantially reduce your risk of discovering
like a bargain during this house-hunting season, but prime candidates for uncontrolled leaks, burst pipes and a lingering mold problem,” says Dudan.
could turn into a bust because of the consequences of vandalism. “This small step could protect your investment.”
hidden mold. Within minutes of water intrusion, excessive moisture
Unsuspecting home buyers, thinking they’ve nabbed begins to cause damage to structural components and
a deal from the bank, could later feel like they need to finished surfaces. Litigation
rob a bank to pay for prohibitive mold removal costs that Left unchecked, the moisture can quickly result in There are an estimated 10,000 mold-related court
surface months after they’ve closed the deal. mold growth and degradation of the quality of the in- cases nationwide
“There could be mold growing behind walls and un- door environment. There has been a 300 percent increase in litigation
derneath floors, but you can’t always see, smell or touch Heading into the summer months, temperature and involving mold contamination over the past five years.
it,” says Jeff Dudan, CEO and founder of AdvantaClean, humidity levels skyrocket leading to conditions that are The average mold claim costs $35,000 and may ex-
a national mold remediation franchise company with a ripe for mold to grow unchecked. ceed $100,000.
locally owned franchise serving your area.
“Once mold takes hold, it’s really tough to prevent it About AdvantaClean – AdvantaClean is a nationwide
from spreading. The new buyer could spend thousands Solution franchise specializing in water removal, air duct clean-
of dollars on mold remediation, an unexpected expense Home buyers can protect themselves from unexpected ing, mold removal, dryer vent cleaning and indoor air
that can turn that bargain dream home into a night- costs associated with mold issues. quality solutions.
mare.” Pay for a mold inspection prior to purchasing a home The company is experiencing record growth as a
by hiring an indoor air quality specialist to inspect for recession-resistant, high margin, low overhead busi-
mold. ness opportunity. The company is headquartered in a
Forclosed and forgotten If a problem is discovered, bring in a certified remedia- 22,000 square foot state-of- the-art facility in Hunters-
As homes are foreclosed and vacated, the power is typi- tion company to properly remove the mold. ville, N.C. For more information, visit www.advanta-
cally turned off. “You should bring in mold specialists before you buy clean.com.
Late season care
for your garden
BY MELINDA MYERS leaves, evergreen needles
GARDENING EXPERT, TV &
RADIO HOST, AUTHOR AND
or woodchips will help
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