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rckymtnhound

07:14AM | 10/09/03
Member Since: 10/08/03
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Question: What steps should I take before making a purchase?

Background: I have read many postings on mold and mildew. I'm a conservative first time home buyer. There is what appears to be a mold/mildew/smell problem in the semi-finished basement of a 1929 home in SLC, Utah. When i was initially looking at the house, it was freshly painted so I didn't notice the smell. Now, a few weeks later, the smell is getting significantly stronger. Although there is no mold or water/dampness present, my keen nose has located an area, where the washer/dryer used to be, as a potential source of the smell. At this location there is what appears to be some signs of water being present at some period of time. Prior to noticing all of this, I had poured 5-10 gallons of water down the floor drain, and shut off the water to the inside of the house. Am I signing up for a major long term battle?

devildog

04:14AM | 10/13/03
Member Since: 09/16/02
251 lifetime posts
After getting burned on my first house I too am now a conservative home buyer. I would slow the buying process way down. Did you ask them what the smell was? Did they paint the whole house or just the basement (possibly trying to cover the smell up)? I would definetly have a professional waterproofing company come in. Pay the little extra money now to have it inspected instead of the big money later to have it fixed. Let the sellers fix the problem.

k2

04:29AM | 10/13/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
I "must" say (sorry couldn't resist!) that I thought the same as Devildog there--perhaps they were trying to covering up the smell with fresh paint.

I am a big believer in "Location, Location, Location." As such, if the house is in a nice area of MORE EXPENSIVE homes, then MAYBE it's worth consideration. But even if true, you need to make sure you know what you're getting and how much it could cost.


willmcd

01:39PM | 11/01/03
Member Since: 10/31/03
7 lifetime posts
We jsut got burned buying a house with a musty smelling basement. There is water leakage in a few areas and the owner did a good job of hiding the problem. We didn't notice the extent of it until two months after settlement. I would proceed with caution and definitely have the home inspected by a waterproofing company.
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