By Sad_homeowners - United States - Pierre
Today, I'm still not living in the house I fought so hard to buy three months ago. As I was fixing a hole in the wall, I found black mold covering the back side of my drywall. On every wall. I can't afford to fix it. FML
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  mike3775  |  32

When I bought my house years ago, my home inspector checked for mold behind the drywall by using already cut sections for pipe access to look and take readings.

When my friend was looking for a house, he passed on the house he really wanted because his inspector found mold behind drywall inspecting the same way mine did years earlier.

  tounces7  |  27

The problem is that's on the inspector, and LOTS of inspectors are terrible.

And there currently isn't a way to find inspectors liable for sucking at their job.

OP CAN get the price of the inspection refunded though.

  evilplatypus  |  38

Yes, but that relies on the black mold being relatively close to a preexisting hole. We don't know if the hole OP was patching was there before they moved in or not.

  LadyAthena  |  20

When I bOught my home earlier this year there was no need to rip holes. My inspector set up and collected spores from the air and tested those. We did have a mild problem which the seller then had to fix before I bought my home.

By  doemetoch  |  28

As much as that sucks for you, I do think it's a bad idea to buy a house if you don't have some extra money to invest in it. Most houses that aren't brand new will need some fixing up. Also, never buy a house without first getting an expert opinion on the state the house is in and the amount of work you'll need to do in it.

  doemetoch  |  28

Of course that can happen. That's exactly why it's necessary to foresee some extra money when buying a house, there's always gonna be costs you didn't plan for.

  JEHR  |  13

'Some extra money' doesn't exactly cover the tens of thousands of dollars it could take to rip the walls down, replace everything molded (including support beams if it's that bad), and then re-drywall and paint/paper an entire house.

  1991stealth  |  21

Getting rid of black mold likely cost more than the house is worth, the average homeowner can not do it themselves as they need special respiratory and disposal equipment. I saw a show once where a multi million dollar home was condemned because it cost too much to get rid of the black mold.

  evilplatypus  |  38

Not if the previous owners didn't know.
Usually you sign a paper acknowledging that the state of mold, radon, and several other easy-to-miss problems is unknown and you accept that.

By  Ise_fml  |  6

In Denmark we're ensured against this. If someone sell you a that turns out to be bad, they have to pay as well... That way, you can't screw someone over

By  trucker2  |  33

Call habitat for Humanity- it's for low income ppl. They usually want to see the last 3 years of tax returns. There are a group of volunteers who will either fix your house or buy it from you. My friend did this. She had to rent apartment for a year, whilst habitat renovated her home. She doesn't not have to pay them back or buy any materials. She, only has to live in the house for 5 years once it's done, if she sells it before that time frame, they receive 5 percent. Win - Win

  PenguinsLaugh  |  24

Each Habitat for Humanity affiliate works differently. The one in my county doesn't renovate homes, it only builds new. Each house has the same basic floor plan, and you have to put in a bunch of hours working inn the house. After its built, you have a 25 year mortgage based on the value of the home.

By  Mortimer14  |  9

This is one reason that you get buyers insurance.

If anything goes wrong in the first year, the insurance is supposed to cover it. Things like replacing the furnace, new roof, and I'm pretty sure it would cover mold/mildew.

  Lizzy500  |  16

These policies only cover breakage due to normal wear and tear. I just paid 1700 bucks to fix improper wiring the previous homeowner did himself. It was NOT covered. And yes I had an inspection. Jackass didn't have enough open slots in the circuit box, so when he added air conditioning, he just double wired existing circuits. The inspector would have had to disassemble the circuit box to find it. I could probably sue the previous homeowner, if I could find him. I have evidence he's a broke ass deadbeat.

By  rldostie  |  19

If you had it inspected before you bought the house and the inspector missed the mold infestation, you can sue the company for the price to fix it. I'm not a sue-happy kind of person, but this is one of those cases where it's warranted and there's a legal precedent.

If you didn't have it inspected, then sorry. YDI.

  evilplatypus  |  38

Nope. Inspectors have no right or ability to rip out a wall to check behind it. They can't alter the home in anyway and so can't be held responsible for problems that would require alterations to uncover.

  dope_mcfly  |  24

The absolutely can pull off registers, electrical outlet plates, and vents. They just never do. You get what you pay for, lazy, cheap inspectors give crappy results. Plus a simple moisture meter shows where the mold is, even when it's hidden behind walls.

I may have done a few hundred inspections.