Dear Straw Bale Experts,
I have been trying to buy a straw bale house in my area (Reno, Nevada) for a couple of years now. I tried everything under the sun to procure a loan, but to no avail.
Meanwhile it's been sitting in the desert vacant, and neglected for a couple of year (at least) now. At some point this winter a pipe froze and the house got flooded. Well, I finally have found some money, and wanted to revisit the possibility of buying this property.
What I found almost made me cry. The inside of the house was moldy! The walls (not all of them) have black mold about 15" from the floor. The concrete floors have some type of whitish film on them also. The air quality was so bad that I couldn't stop coughing, and I'm a healthy person.
Do you folks think that this house would be an unreasonable risk to continue to purchase?
In addition, the deferred maintenance list continues to grow! The outside plaster is cracking and missing in places. It's in the high desert, and we're in the middle of a drought, so excessive moisture hasn't been too much of an issue.
I would appreciate any insight or opinions that your community can provide.
Thank you so much.