Getting the Most from Mold Remediation


 Controlling Moisture   Fix leaks.  Under sinks, in air conditioning condensate lines, ice machines.   Make sure windows and doors close tightly and don’t leak damp air inside We have seen big mold problems develop in locations where the outside damp air was pulled into the structure for a week because a sliding glass door or window was not completely closed.   Quickly (24-48 hours or less) get moving on correcting water damages caused by water intrusions from the above leaks. Associations need to have the ability to begin mitigating water damages in a condo because they often affect others in the same building.   Keep it dry,  Make sure the air conditioning system is working correctly and RUNS.  Remember mold can grow at 60% relative humidity and around here that’s most of the year.  In beach front condos your unit is  insulated by your neighbors condos and how hot or cold they keep their unit can have and effect on yours, and whether your thermostat ever senses it’s hot enough to turn on the unit and cool and dehumidify the condo

Can’t be seen with the necked eye

Since we are located in a coastal area, moisture and mold is a real problem. I asked a friend of mine, Michael Conroy with “Expert Dry” for the rights to publish the article below. I think you will find it most interesting and helpful.


Getting the most out of mold remediation is like telling someone how to enjoy a root canal.  Professionals should do both processes, as painlessly and efficiently as possible and at a fair price but who wants to go there anyway?

Rather than first discuss the blissful benefits of mold remediation lets discuss how to avoid them if possible first.

Mold Needs Moisture, proper temperature and a food source to grow and develop.

Of these three above requirements we can only really control one

1.All of the built structures are constructed of organic materials.  Wood, natural fabrics, drywall,  particle board and even the “bio-film” that sticks to concrete and glass or tile are mold food. [Read more…]

Staging For A Quick Sale

The house is unfurnished and we’re having a little difficulty visualizing what the house would look like completely furnished and well decorated. These room sizes look smaller than the rooms in our house. I’m not sure our furniture will properly fit in some of these rooms and still have sufficient walking space. We do have a couple pieces of furniture that is uncommonly oversize. We tell our agent we like the house but we need to think it over and we also need to go back home and measure some furniture.

Eloquently Decorated

There are vacant homes in every market place and they are extremely difficult to sell as a general rule. Statistics show that vacant houses typically sell for up to 20 percent below asking price and they take 30 to 90 days longer to sell than a comparable house that is furnished. I have heard agents use the fact that a house is unfurnished as a selling point, “Mr. Buyer, this house is just what you need; it’s empty and ready to move into.”

Let’s pretend for a moment that we are the customer interested in buying a house with certain requirements as to area, school district, size of house and etc. The agent calls us and very excitingly says, “I think I found the perfect house for you based on the specific requirements you gave me.”  The showing appointment is set. When we arrive at the house, we are pleasantly surprised. It appears that our agent has found exactly what we wanted. The subdivision is well maintained and demonstrates pride of ownership. The house has great curb-appeal and has some unique details that other houses in the subdivision don’t have. We enter the house and find a layout that meets our family needs. [Read more…]