My buyer clients are in escrow on a property just outside of Burbank
in North Hollywood. It's a flip (address to be revealed upon closing).
Through the grapevine, we heard that the former residents were either on
drugs, were drug dealers, or something like that. Naturally, we became
concerned as we've all been scared by the very real possibility of
methamphetamine contamination on a property. Meth contamination is
actually even an optional disclosure on the Natural Hazard Disclosure
that every California buyer must receive. The sellers had never lived
there, had bought it at auction, and knew nothing. I had not experienced
the need for this test before, either.
So I went to the internet, fountain of all wisdom, to find meth testing
labs here in So. Cal. Easy, right? Cal is a consumer-friendly state and
we have inspectors for everything, right? And drugs have been done just
about everywhere here, right? But no.
inspector was hard to find. I had to really drill down on Google to get
any info. (Although meth inspectors are easy to find in Utah, of all
places, if you're in escrow there.)
But I finally found somebody, and here's where I give a shout-out to a
vendor who gave me good info for free. The guy is Steve at Affordable Inspections and he spent quite awhile on the phone with me. He explained about the
different levels of contamination, what his services cost ($400), what
to look for, etc. While he didn't discourage my buyer from using his
services, he eased my troubled mind when I gave him details about the
condition of the house. In the meantime, we learned that the former
residents maybe were just weirdos and not addicts/dealers after all. So
my buyer decided not to have the test and go forward with the sale.
So thanks, Steve, and may I never need to use your services.