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  • Writer's pictureWilliam Powers

How Urban Flight Could Affect the Next House You Buy

Updated: May 22

Whether you are purchasing a home as an upsizing, downsizing or due to urban flight there are several things that you want to keep in mind. Since buying a home is one of the biggest investment decisions a person is likely to make, it is important that no hidden problems are discovered and that the cost of suspected problems is clearly understood before closing on a property.

Perhaps in your walk-through of a home, you detect an odor. This may be most noticeable in a below-grade area of a home, such as a basement or crawl space. Maybe you see some visual staining on walls or ceilings that makes you suspect that there is a mold problem. Or maybe your home inspector brings some part of the home to your attention as having a ‘suspected’ mold problem and suggests that you contact a mold assessor for further investigation.

If any of these are the case, don’t conclude that you should walk away from the purchase if you otherwise like the home. Most moisture issues can be resolved and the current mold issue remediated with confidence that it is cared for. A mold assessment will tell you if there really is a mold problem or not and, if there is, what will be needed to correct the problem. Having a licensed mold assessment company evaluate the home will provide you with the information that you need to make a good decision of whether to purchase or not. That is where we come in—

A mold expert from Powers Environmental LLC will perform an inspection of the home you are interested in to assess whether there is a valid mold concern and, if a situation is found, determine just how extensive it is. Our mold assessment consists of three primary parts: a thorough visual inspection, use of technical tools that help us locate moisture in home building materials, and taking air quality samples in the home.

Sometimes a home inspector will offer to perform a mold inspection, also. However, most simply offer to take air samples and provide the lab results with little explanation of the situation on the report.

We are here to help make your home purchase a success. At Powers Environmental LLC we understand how important it is to make your home safe and comfortable for your household and will do our best to help make that a reality.

We can provide information that will help you make a decision on whether to fix an existing mold problem or walk away from a bad situation.

Contact us today to receive a free consultation. Our office phone number is 877.383.9814 or you can email us at


Mold Fact No. 1

You may hear alarming statements about “Toxic Black Mold”, but in reality, mold activity is not just black. It comes in a variety of colors, including white, yellow, blue-green, red, and more. All in all, there are 13 common color variations of mold. Whatever the color, mold activity in a home is something to understand when making a purchase.

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