Moving to a safe new home

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia and ME & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome' started by lostleaf, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. lostleaf

    lostleaf Member

    Hi-

    I need to move to a new home to get away from the mold in mine. My doc says I need to move sooner rather than later, and my new home needs to be new construction and not multi-unit. So far the only thing I can think of that would fit the bill is buying a bit of land and putting a manufactured home on it.

    I hate the thought of making such big buying decisions in a hurry. I thought about moving to an apartment in a newly-constructed building for a few months. My fear, though, is that I will get all new things and they will somehow get contaminated and when I do manage to get my own home, I will have to replace them all again.

    Has anyone found any creative solutions to this situation? What did you do?

    I am so grateful to be able to talk to people who have gone through all this!

    Thanks,
    Kim
  2. Forebearance

    Forebearance Member

    Hi Kim,

    I understand your situation. It can cost a lot more to live in a stand-alone house. Buying a piece of land and building a safe, concrete house on it is my dream. But in the meantime, some kind of solution has to be found.

    What I did was I moved from an apartment to a townhouse. It wasn't a completely separate home, but it was at least better than living in an apartment building. And the townhouse was newer than my apartment.

    I would suggest that you think of the first place you move as possibly temporary. Sometimes people have to move once or twice, or more, depending on how things go in the new place.

    That is the reason I suggested not buying too much new stuff in the previous thread. If you end up having to move again, you don't want to have to replace too much stuff again.

    After you move, you will find out how your immune system is doing in the new place. If you feel better, and keep feeling better, then you might be able to start to relax and settle in there. And then you could buy more stuff.

    Forebearance
    [This Message was Edited on 04/22/2013]
  3. Forebearance

    Forebearance Member

    Hi Kim,

    I understand your situation. It can cost a lot more to live in a stand-alone house. Buying a piece of land and building a safe, concrete house on it is my dream. But in the meantime, some kind of solution has to be found.

    What I did was I moved from an apartment to a townhouse. It wasn't a completely separate home, but it was at least better than living in an apartment building. And the townhouse was newer than my apartment.

    I would suggest that you think of the first place you move as possibly temporary. Sometimes people have to move once or twice, or more, depending on how things go in the new place.

    That is the reason I suggested not buying too much new stuff in the previous thread. If you end up having to move again, you don't want to have to replace too much stuff again.

    After you move, you will find out how your immune system is doing in the new place. If you feel better, and keep feeling better, then you might be able to start to relax and settle in there. And then you could buy more stuff.

    Forebearance
    [This Message was Edited on 04/22/2013]
  4. bobbycat

    bobbycat New Member

    We had a leak in a bathroom we never used and this is a relatively new home. But since we never use that bathroom it was not caught soon. When I caught it I saw the mold up the wall so I called our insurance company and they sent a company in to assess the damage and then start the clean up. They did not use proper procedure in the removal of the mold and when they tore up the bathroom floor and drywall then went and removed it and the drywall in the bathroom and bedroom upstairs and downstairs plus walked through our whole house dragging carpet material, flooring and drywall with no protective covering on their feet or clothes they exposed our 2,800 sq. ft. home to toxic mold. We brought in a CIH which is a mold expert and our house failed that was the beginning of our nightmare with the insurance company and my many doctor appointments. I had to move into a hotel. My husband, my mother refused to leave the house and stayed with our animals but it did not seem to have the same impact on them as it did me me. It took me fighting with the insurance company due to the fact we are not insured for mold which most people do not have mold coverage but since they hired these people and did not give us a choice we and the company that did it refused to do the cleanup I went after the insurance company as I said they hired them as they gave us no choice so it was their responsibility. So overall it took almost a year from begging to end to get them to do what they were suppose to do in the first place. It took five CIH test two clean ups as the first one failed so I had to fight the insurance company again to pay for the second one and every time there had to be a test again and they sent in their own CIH one time after the first cleanup to test the air. I was getting dizzy, bloody noses, my temperature would go up over 100 degrees every time I moved around and I was in and out of hotels. The company's I hired for the clean up as I had a different one then the first one to do the second clean up came in here and it took about two weeks and then it finally passed. All of our belongings remained in the home and I was able to return and my symptoms finally cleared up but not before going through a lot of testing an a doctor diagnosing me with an environmental illness. After I returned I did have to deal with a chemical smell but it did go away after awhile. Mold is very dangerous and very toxic and I had three CIH and they gave me all kinds of information plus I looked it up on the net. Plus the doctors I were sent to that tested me. I would not suggest anyone live in a home that contains mold at any level. I don't know where you live but if you can afford it I would hire a CIH to have it tested it is worth it for anyone to do so. I am not on here much but check in every now and then. Mold can create havoc with your health. My doctors and the CIH told me I needed to leave the house as it is especially bad for people with my medical problems. My doctors told me it may clear up if I got I moved out but it would take awhile and it did but the longer you live in those conditions the more damaging it will be. Take your doctor seriously please. I will try to check in a little more often to see if you post. Talk to a mold cleanup specialist about your stuff and look it up on the net. It depends on what kind of stuff you have but all stuff can be cleaned but it depends on how it is done. It is prudent to talk to a specialist especially when it comes to large items such as coaches, beds, and so forth as if you are living in a moldy home there are certain procedures. One is using a hepa vacuum but this needs to be done after you leave the moldy home but prior to entering the new home. Hope this helps.
  5. bobbycat

    bobbycat New Member

    We had a leak in a bathroom we never used and this is a relatively new home. But since we never use that bathroom it was not caught soon. When I caught it I saw the mold up the wall so I called our insurance company and they sent a company in to assess the damage and then start the clean up. They did not use proper procedure in the removal of the mold and when they tore up the bathroom floor and drywall then went and removed it and the drywall in the bathroom and bedroom upstairs and downstairs plus walked through our whole house dragging carpet material, flooring and drywall with no protective covering on their feet or clothes they exposed our 2,800 sq. ft. home to toxic mold. We brought in a CIH which is a mold expert and our house failed that was the beginning of our nightmare with the insurance company and my many doctor appointments. I had to move into a hotel. My husband, my mother refused to leave the house and stayed with our animals but it did not seem to have the same impact on them as it did me me. It took me fighting with the insurance company due to the fact we are not insured for mold which most people do not have mold coverage but since they hired these people and did not give us a choice we and the company that did it refused to do the cleanup I went after the insurance company as I said they hired them as they gave us no choice so it was their responsibility. So overall it took almost a year from begging to end to get them to do what they were suppose to do in the first place. It took five CIH test two clean ups as the first one failed so I had to fight the insurance company again to pay for the second one and every time there had to be a test again and they sent in their own CIH one time after the first cleanup to test the air. I was getting dizzy, bloody noses, my temperature would go up over 100 degrees every time I moved around and I was in and out of hotels. The company's I hired for the clean up as I had a different one then the first one to do the second clean up came in here and it took about two weeks and then it finally passed. All of our belongings remained in the home and I was able to return and my symptoms finally cleared up but not before going through a lot of testing an a doctor diagnosing me with an environmental illness. After I returned I did have to deal with a chemical smell but it did go away after awhile. Mold is very dangerous and very toxic and I had three CIH and they gave me all kinds of information plus I looked it up on the net. Plus the doctors I were sent to that tested me. I would not suggest anyone live in a home that contains mold at any level. I don't know where you live but if you can afford it I would hire a CIH to have it tested it is worth it for anyone to do so. I am not on here much but check in every now and then. Mold can create havoc with your health. My doctors and the CIH told me I needed to leave the house as it is especially bad for people with my medical problems. My doctors told me it may clear up if I got I moved out but it would take awhile and it did but the longer you live in those conditions the more damaging it will be. Take your doctor seriously please. I will try to check in a little more often to see if you post. Talk to a mold cleanup specialist about your stuff and look it up on the net. It depends on what kind of stuff you have but all stuff can be cleaned but it depends on how it is done. It is prudent to talk to a specialist especially when it comes to large items such as coaches, beds, and so forth as if you are living in a moldy home there are certain procedures. One is using a hepa vacuum but this needs to be done after you leave the moldy home but prior to entering the new home. Hope this helps.
  6. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Member

    That sounds a bit extreme having to move to a home with new construction and not multi-unit. Have you had a second opinion? Could you not get a mold remediation company in to your current home to deal with the problem?
  7. gb66

    gb66 Active Member

    Be careful about manufactured homes if you have chemical sensitivities. They can be full of glues and formyaldhyde and may off-gas for years. I looked at some model homes years ago and had a bad allergic reaction.

    There was a warning sign on the kitchen counter letting people know that it could affect them if they had respiratory problems or asthma.

    I nearly passed out. I had a hard time breathing and driving home because I was dizzy and very disoriented when I left. GB66