Know Your Property’s History with Our Professional Meth Inspections
While the discerning property buyer will organise a pre-purchase inspection, they may be missing out on crucial information that could cost them significantly in the long run.
Unfortunately, drug labs and drug use are a problem in Australia with the consequences extending to renters and buyers who reside in homes where illicit substances were made or used. Property owners now not only need to worry about the structural integrity of a home; they need to worry about the history of any previous owners or tenants.
What is meth?
Methamphetamine (meth) is a highly addictive drug that comes in many forms and may be smoked, snorted, injected or ingested. It is known by a variety of other names, including ice and crystal. The effects of the drug can have adverse effects on the body and residue can contaminate properties where it was made or used.
While meth labs will likely have high readings during a test of the property, high numbers can also be present simply from a user smoking indoors on a regular basis.
Why is it important to have a property inspected?
It can go undetected
While there may be instances where drug creation or use may be suspected by the state of a property, it is often difficult to tell with the naked eye if residue is present. Odourless and invisible, meth contamination requires professional testing in order to determine the levels present in a property.
Contamination can be present throughout the home depending on the previous owner or tenant’s activity, and can be found in carpets, curtains, ceilings, walls, wiring, insulation, air conditioning and timber framing.
Contamination can pose health risks
There are a range of health concerns that may come from exposure, these include:
- Respiratory problems – especially harmful for those suffering from asthma
- Behavioural and sleep pattern changes in children
- Eye and skin irritation
Fulfil your obligations as a landlord
For property owners looking to rent to tenants, they have a responsibility to ensure a home is safe to live in. As contamination has the possibility of affecting future tenants, having a property inspected will not only give you peace of mind but help to make sure your property satisfies Australian standards. This may also help minimise the potential of legal action taken by tenants and adjoining neighbours.
Deter drug abuse and hold tenants responsible
If you own a rental property, there is always the risk that a tenant may use your property for illegal purposes. By conducting tests every so often, you can deter occupants from using or making the drug as it’s clear they will be discovered. Any positive readings will also ensure you can remove tenants who are doing the wrong thing, and work to remediate the damage early.
Early detection can save you money
While some contaminations will require a quick fix, others may require gut jobs at an exorbitant cost. By checking your rental property regularly and catching an issue early, you can set to work remediating the issue before it becomes more costly. For buyers who are yet to purchase a property, learning of a contamination can help you avoid properties that will cost you significantly to fix.
Contact Precise for a quote on your property
Whether you are thinking or buying or have an existing property in Adelaide you are concerned about, Precise can offer a quick and thorough inspection. We want our clients to be able to make informed decisions on their investments, so we get to work inspecting your property before presenting you with an easy-to-read report on our findings.
If you would like to learn more about any of our inspections, or how you can combine a meth inspection with our pre-purchase and pest inspection services, please get in touch with us on 0478 778 899 or complete our online form.