Recently, a buyer who recently purchased a home filed a lawsuit against the sellers in the county’s circuit court. The lawsuit alleges the previous owners failed to disclose moisture damage, plumbing issues and mold contamination. The plaintiff now claims the property purchased is uninhabitable and worthless.
This case highlights the importance of having a comprehensive understanding of the condition of a home before a homebuyer makes a purchase offer. This is especially true for first-time homebuyers who are new to this process, but all homebuyers are strongly encouraged to evaluate a property’s indoor environmental quality (IEQ). This is important for not only the health and well-being of their families, but also because purchasing a home is the largest investment most people make in their lives.
Whether a homebuyer is looking at old homes, remodeled homes or even brand new properties, IEQ and indoor air quality (IAQ) problems could be an issue. Elevated levels of chemical, microbial and even radioactive pollutants may be present. Mold, radon, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide, asbestos, lead-based paints, allergens, clandestine drug laboratory residues, sewage contamination and other issues can all be significant health and safety concerns. If present, these could also impact the value of a property. At Sherlock Homes we offer analytical services, most of the sampling necessary to test for these contaminants and indoor pollutants. These services and kits are available to homebuyers, real estate professionals, landlords, home inspectors, property managers, and environmental, health and safety professionals.