Mold in House Being Built
I am in the process of purchasing a house that is still being built. ETA on closing is late December. It is part of a new subdivision of which approx. 50 houses are complete or being built currently and another 250 later or in process. We have put earnest money down and signed a contract.
Unfortunately right after they put up the drywall, mold was discovered at another house being built nearby. We went over to our future house and saw several areas of mold in the garage where they had not drywalled yet.
The builder (large national builder) is aware of the issue in the development and stating they will 'address it'. I have been doing some research but wanted to get some opinions as well on specific actions I should take.
I have not reviewed the contract yet as to how earnest money ($3,500) would be handled, but I would be prepared to lose it rather than move into a house that had a lot of mold I did not feel was addressed properly.
I have not heard yet the specific plans the builder has to take care of it, but I fully beleive they were aware of the mold prior to the drywall being installed; so at best I am suspicious of their actions.
Obviously we will be having a mold inspection done as part of any pre-purchase inspection; but any other comments?