How to spot a P-contaminated house before buying
The surge in P-contaminated homes has been likened to being potentially as costly to homeowners as the leaky home crisis.As Kiwi homeowners spend millions each year fixing P-contaminated houses, a drug detection expert has opened up on how to spot a drug house in your neighbourhood. The costs aren't just the massive sums related to clean-up operations - which can top the $100,000 mark for a total refit - but also the severe health problems including to the neurological and respiratory system, as well as skin disorders, inflicted on residents unknowingly living in a former P pad. As more and more Kiwi owners pay the price of former residents' meth use, one of New Zealand's biggest drug testing companies has revealed some of the biggest tell-tale signs to alert prospective house buyers to a property's nefarious past, or residents if a P lab was operating in their area. Kirk Hardy, chief executive of the Drug Detection Agency, said there were several "property and people indicators", including: Chemical odours and dead vegetation around a section, An increase in visitors, combined with houses being outfitted with elaborate CCTV systems,
- Visible stains on curtains, walls and ceilings,
- Waste including empty medicine packaging, paint thinner containers and coffee filters with white or red powdery substances, and
- Tenants who only pay with cash.