We recently purchased a home. It was an older home (built 1963) that we knew needed a bit of work but we got a great deal and were fine with that. We had a home inspection that went fine and all was well.
The kitchen had a large amount of super ugly wallpaper and underneath the wallpaper we found what we assume is a small amount of mold.
Now we're faced with this added expense but I'm curious to see what you all think--is this something that the home inspector should have caught? Yes it was under wallpaper, but isn't that the point of having a home inspection?
Should I/would you call the Realtor/home inspector and make them aware they sold us a house with mold? We're already putting thousands of dollars into renovating this home and are starting to get financially drained. We were not expecting to have to remove mold, replace a wall, etc.
Thoughts/opinions appreciated. Thanks!
It varies state to state with laws. If the seller knew there was mold and failed to disclose that then it some states that is illegal but you would have to prove that they knew. A regular home inspection generally isn't going to be peeling back wall paper to look for mold. If they come across obvious visible mold or obvious water damage then that is different and would of been warned about that in the inspection report. A lot of cases of mold are hidden and you aren't going to find it until you are ripping out walls, etc... There are such things are mold inspections just for this which is different then a regular home inspection by a certified mold inspector but sometimes still the buyer still is just surprised later.
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