Are you buying, renting, living in or selling a Meth House?
This is a question being asked by thousands of buyers, sellers and agents every day. It would be nice if we could say we don’t have that problem here. The fact is that there is no way of knowing how many homes (even the one you are living in) are contaminated unless you are the first and only owner who lives in it or if you have it tested.
Landlords are all over the place when it comes to Meth contaminated apartments, rentals houses and the like. For most property managers, landlords and owners, they simply clean up after the prior tenant and rent it right back out. In most cases there is nothing that would make them think there was a problem. In many other cases however there are needles, drugs and paraphernalia left throughout the home and they have a really good idea. Even in the cases of no signs of drug use and production, the prior tenant may have contaminated the property just as much. The reality is that there is no way to know except through testing.
Sellers of homes never want to spend on things like testing. Buyers however are making the investment into that property. They definitely want and need to know what they are getting into. This is where they may plan on raising their family or renting it out to families. No one wants that liability and cost in the future. Testing is the answer.
What if it comes back positive for Meth Contamination?
At least everyone knows and you can take the proper steps or avoid the deal all together. Cleaning up meth contamination in homes and buildings that are vacant is much easier and much less expensive than dealing with furniture, clothing and contents. Knowing up front is the best possible situation for everyone involved. The seller and their agent are not worried about this coming back against them later as it is known and the solution can be negotiated and agreed upon in writing before closing the deal. The buyer and their agent know what they are dealing with and everything is out on the table for use to discuss, negotiate and decide upon. Costs for the cleanup can be figured out and be a known thing rather than pie in the sky guesses.
If you are buying, selling, helping someone buy or sell or know someone in this situation, please pass on this information.
We work with great testing companies throughout California and we can give you a quick and easy quote for decontaminating a meth house. We often get requested to handle jobs at the last minute when a problem is found within days of scheduled close of escrow. Our services can even be paid out of escrow in some circumstances. We also handle issues such as water damage and mold remediation issues. We have worked in the cleaning, restoration and hazardous waste industry since the early 1980’s and can put those many years of experience to use for you.
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