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What You Need to Know About Meth Testing Your House

The possibility of meth contamination is an unfortunate reality when you’re in the market for a new house in New Zealand. Sadly, methamphetamine use is on the rise and when you come into contact with surfaces that contain meth, the toxins that result from manufacturing this drug can be absorbed through the skin.

While you shouldn’t let this scare you off buying a house in Tauranga, Rotorua or the Bay of Plenty, it is good to know the facts about methamphetamine and house inspections.

Meth Contamination – The Facts

The chemicals from methamphetamine settle on walls and ceilings, floors and carpets, appliances and other household items. And contamination isn’t limited to meth labs – even a single use can contaminate a home. Time alone will not get rid of the chemicals that meth leaves behind – they have to be removed manually.

Though there are red flags – a vinegary smell, lab equipment, dust masks and rubber gloves – only a professional house inspector can confirm if traces of meth are present.

Should I Get a House Meth Tested?

It’s up to you whether or not you want to go ahead with a house inspection and meth test, but here are some reasons why you might want to consider it:

Peace of Mind – if the worry about whether your new home or rental property is contaminated is weighing on your mind, it’s a good idea to get a house inspector in to give you some answers.

Rental Properties – meth tests and meth monitoring can be useful when you have a rental property. Make sure you have a clause in your rental property agreement about the repercussions if you get a positive result. Often, if tenants know that landlords are regularly testing, this is enough of a deterrent to keep the drug away from your premises.

Suspicion – if you have any reason to believe that a house might test positive for meth – whether it’s a house you own or one you want to buy – get it tested.

My House Tested Positive – Now What?

Meth contamination can be hazardous for people living in a house, so if you already own the house look into getting the contamination cleaned up by professionals. The level of contamination is relevant, which is why our house inspection services will tell you what level of meth has been detected.

If a house you have fallen in love with tests positive, it can be crushing. You might either be turned off buying, or you might want to use the positive test as a bargaining chip to get the house for a lower price, then undertake the process of a professional clean up yourself.

Book in a Meth Building Inspection

If you want to test a property in Tauranga, Rotorua or the Bay of Plenty, Straight Up Inspections offers comprehensive meth tests you can trust. Give us a call at 021 204 2630 to talk to a building inspector about meth testing a home today.

Buyers: How to Prepare Yourself for a Building Report

When buying a new house, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement, picturing a new life in your new home. Unfortunately, a builder’s report can sometimes bring you crashing back down to earth by giving you news you didn’t want to hear.

It can be crushing to learn that your house-to-be is less than perfect, but it’s a rare house in Tauranga, Rotorua or the Bay of Plenty, that passes its property inspection with a perfect score. A concern does not have to be a deal breaker; here are our tips so buyers can prepare themselves for the realities of a building inspection.

1 – Hope for the Best, Be Prepared for the Worst

No matter how promising a house looks at the open home, prepare yourself for the worst-case scenario. For most people, this would be extensive repairs, the cost of which make the property not worth buying.

Chances are, this is not your situation, but by mentally preparing to lose the house, you come in with reasonable expectations. If you are prepared for the worst, common problems like exposed piles, borer or a broken fireplace might not seem all that bad.

2 – Be Ready to Compromise

So, you’re prepared to walk away if need be – that’s a strong position to be in. Then you are pleasantly surprised to find that the house does not need to be bowled over – but the building inspector has raised a few concerns.

When you find out what your property needs, be ready to compromise. Ask yourself if the issues are something you can live with, something you can afford to fix, something you even care about. Determine what you can and cannot live with, keeping in mind that most houses will have small issues.

3 – Meet the Builder

Come along to the property inspection and talk to the builder. If you aren’t sure about something on the report, ask us what it means. A qualified builder is the perfect person to discuss realistic costs of replacement or repair. You don’t want to throw away a potentially great house over a misunderstanding; similarly, you don’t want to underestimate how much a repair is going to cost.

5 – Get Ready to Negotiate with the Seller

Here’s the good news – if the house inspector shone a light on some things you were hoping not to find, that gives you, the buyer, bargaining power. There are few deal-breakers in the world of building inspections, but many things that can lower the price. Get your bartering hat on and negotiate a fair deal.

Ready to inspect a property you love in Tauranga, Rotorua or the wider Bay of Plenty? Straight Up Inspections offers comprehensive building inspection services carried out by qualified builders. Give us a call at 021 204 2630.

What You Get with a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection

Buying a house is a big decision. If you’ve found a home you love in Tauranga, do your due diligence and get a property inspection from a qualified building inspector before signing off on the sale.

Unfortunately, in NZ the house inspection services industry is unregulated, which means you have to be your own advocate, choosing a reputable builder to carry out your building inspection.

Here’s what should be included in a building report:

Site Inspection

Before even looking at the house, most building inspectors carry out a site inspection. We recommend you do this when shopping for a house in Tauranga as well – before you get a chance to fall in love with a home’s interior, make like an inspector and take a look at retaining walls and fences, driveways, garages and gates.

By assessing the site, builders will notice red flags, assess sloping or terraced sections, and even note things that aren’t deal-breakers but should be considered like pool fences and clotheslines.

The House’s Exterior

Our Tauranga property inspectors examine the whole exterior of your building, including external moisture readings which have implications for weather-tightness as well as the condition of the property’s cladding and fascia, doors, external windows and soffits.

Interior House Inspection

Once we head indoors, every room from lounge to ensuite is assessed. Wet or at-risk rooms have moisture tests; the condition of windows, walls and doors is noted; lights and power points, fixtures and sometimes even appliances will be examined.

Roof

You want a thorough examination of both the external roof and the internal roof space, our inspectors do this where possible. Outside, the property inspection specialist should safely climb up onto the roof to take a look at materials used, condition, repairs and leaks as well as noting the state of any chimney, flues and spouting.

Inside, our house inspectors check the roof frame condition with an eye for rotting or sagging wood, evidence of pests, and presence and quality of ceiling insulation.

Services: your house inspection will include plumbing, drainage and electrical services.

Subfloor: your inspector will crawl under the house to assess foundations and piles, framing, insulation, ground condition and ventilation.

Other Risks: inspectors are looking out for any other potential problem or hazard like lead paint, faulty materials and asbestos.

Want a qualified and unbiased building inspection company inspecting your future home in Tauranga, Rotorua or the wider Bay of Plenty? Talk to Straight Up Inspections.