Real Estate Report: Free mold class aims to educate real estate agents, the public


STATEWIDE (WGME) -- Mold is a word no homeowner wants to hear, especially during a real estate transaction, but one company is working to make dealing with the fungus a little easier.

Rob Edgerley, founder and CEO at Maine Life Real Estate Co. in Scarborough, says he's seeing mold impact real estate deals more and more.

"It's come up for all of our agents here and we know many other agents in the area," Edgerley says.

That's why Edgerley is hosting a class with SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco this week to educate real estate agents and the public about the problem. The class is this Thursday, December 7th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hampton Inn in Saco.

"To train all the agents in the area on some of the things that could come up during that transaction, different types of mold, how to spot mold," Edgerley says.

According to the CDC, people who are sensitive to molds can experience stuffiness, eye or skin irritation and wheezing. Molds grow best in damp, humid conditions.

"Most people don't look in their attic and that's a big problem," Edgerley says, adding that mold is often discovered when the home is under contract.

Edgerley says buyers should always ask for mold to be part of a home inspection and sellers should check their homes before listing them for sale.

"As a buyer, that's going to save you thousands down the road and as a seller, same thing, it could save you thousands down the road, get it fixed now before you list, if you're going to buy, make sure that's not a problem.

If a seller spots the problem early, they can find the cause and mitigate it early too, making for a much smoother transaction.

"That makes all of our lives easier," Edgerley adds.

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