I have fairly severe allergies (cats, dogs, mold, dust…) and controlled asthma, which is usually only a problem when triggered by my allergies. I am looking to buy my first home. The neighborhood I am looking to buy a house in has mostly old (1930's) homes and while touring one home, I had an allergic reaction like I usually do in old, moldy basements. My questions are the following:
1. When looking for a home, should I only consider homes that do not cause an allergic reaction on the 20 minute tour (so far, most do) or is it possible to figure out what is in the home that I'm allergic to, and have it removed? How would I know if it could be totally removed or not?
2. Are older homes more likely than newer homes to have mold/allergen issues? If so, is it possible to clean an older basement thoroughly enough of mold to live in comfortably? Or will it be a constant battle with my allergies and I would be better off looking at only newer homes?
Any other advice on looking for houses with asthma?