Meth Damage FAQs
I'm considering investing in rental properties. Does it make sense to pay for a meth test before I buy?
Absolutely. With widespread meth use in America, meth testing should be on investors' and potential homeowners' list of contingency clauses when buying property. Like home inspections, potential buyers often pay for their own independent meth inspections. However, some home sellers may be willing to pay for meth testing if they're in a competitive market and highly motivated to make a sale.
I'm considering selling my home. I know it's "clean" as far as meth goes. Should I have it tested anyway?
Many home sellers order professional home inspections before listing their homes so that they can address any problems in advance as well as provide potential home buyers with a little added peace of mind. If the home is located in an area notorious for meth use, having proof of your home's clean bill of health may make an impression on potential buyers. In addition, many states have meth lab disclosure requirements, so if you know your home is "clean" because you've remediated it after it was determined to be a former meth lab, you may have to disclose that even though it's clean now. You may need to speak with your real estate agent or attorney depending on your situation.
How long does a home meth test take?
Our meth testing process delivers results in real time, so you should know if your home has meth residue or meth damage before the technician leaves the premises. Depending on the size of the area being tested, the process could take as little as a few minutes to several hours. For example, testing a one-bedroom studio apartment requires fewer samples than an 8,000 square foot estate home.
How can having a property tested for meth benefit me?
Meth testing can prevent you from purchasing a potentially hazardous home; it can give you peace of mind that your home does not contain meth damage; it can help you prove a meth-related insurance claim or lawsuit; and it can show you which areas of a meth damaged home need to be remediated and which don't, potentially saving you tens of thousands of dollars.
Why should I be concerned about meth use – aren't meth labs the real problem?
Meth labs ARE a big problem, but they're not nearly as common as homes affected by meth users. A home used as a meth lab will likely have much more contamination than one that was used casually by a meth user. However, residue from meth use is potentially hazardous and it can contaminate large areas of the home. In addition, incidental skin contact and subsequent absorption through the skin are very real concerns.