Why is checking for Methamphetamine in a House important

MethamphetamineWhy is it important to have a house you are buying or renting tested for Residues of Methamphetamine?

Meth/’P’, a common term for Methamphetamine in New Zealand, is the cause of many health issues, not just for those who use it but also for those who move into a home where it has been used or ‘cooked’.

Methamphetamine can leave a residue in the house when is being smoked and especially when it is ‘cooked’ on the premise. This Meth residue can linger for 10 years or even longer.
Producing Meth/P requires various chemicals, some of which are toxic.
Walls, appliances, carpets and furniture and more will be the place the toxic chemical get deposited and may require replacements costing thousands of dollar and can be time-consuming.
In severe cases a house contaminated with Meth/’P’ may need to be stripped right back to the frame-work to remove all residues.
It can be very expensive to de-contaminate a house with Methamphetamine residue, especially since the excess on insurance has been raised to $2.500 by some insurance companies like State, AMI, and NZI for meth claims.

When people moved into a house not knowing that it was contaminated they had to throw out a lot of their belongings.

Living in a house with residual Meth can cause many effects on people’s health even just from short-term exposure.
Very often children are affected by this because the ‘P’ has been cooked in  spare (now children’s) room.

“Many of the chemicals from both meth production and meth use are absorbable through the skin,” said Dr. Patrick Luedtke, senior public health officer with Lane County. they get right away into those blood vessels that are right beneath the surface of the skin.”

A baby crawling on the floor could potentially ingest enough to get high.” from Residue from smoking meth in homes: ‘It’s basically invisible’

Short term exposure

  • Convulsions
  • Sleep disorders
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Skin problems
  • Headaches
  • Coughing
  • Nausea
  • Watery or burning eyes
  • Dizziness

Long term exposure

  • Nervous/neurological disorders
  • Cancer
  • Liver damage
  • Reproductive problems
  • Kidney damage
  • Tremors
  • Birth defects
  • Death
  • And others…

For the safety and well being of anyone buying or renting the house it pays to have it tested, especially if it has been occupied by tenants.

A Buyer’s Choice‘ House Inspector tests for Methamphetamine according to the  latest New Zealand standard (NZ8510 ) of 2017.

“The recommended levels for decontamination are:

  • 1.5 micro grams / 100cm this is for high use and limited use areas.
  • 3.8 micro grams / 100cm this is for a limited use area of a property.

A limited use area of a property is an area that is likely to be accessed for short periods of time by adults. Areas such as crawl spaces and wall cavities are examples. Above these levels remediation decontamination and re-testing will be required. ” From  A Buyer’s Choice Meth Testing 

The article “How to stop Tenants from breaking bad” suggests that  landlords test the home for Meth/’P’ every four month.

Health Guidance on Clandestine Drug Laboratories and Public

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What can you expect when you have A Buyer s Choice House Inspection


House undergoing Inspection

A Buyers’s Choice House Inspection is very comprehensive.

You can expect professionalism and expertise and Peace of Mind from having A Buyer’s Choice House Inspection.

It would be good to set aside a morning or afternoon for the appointment with your qualified home inspector.
You are most welcome to be present, it is even advisable to be there when the inspection is taking place.
When you accompany the inspector during the thorough check of the condition of the house you can

  • see what the inspector finds out
  • ask questions during the inspection

You can expect your home, or the house you are buying, being taken under the magnifying glass,
following a code book for house inspections,
covering all aspects as listed here, and more.
Some of the critical issues a qualified home inspector checks are:

  • Safety issue
  • Structural damage
  • Dampness
  • Electrical
  • Foundation
  • Roofing
  • Plumbing
  • Septic system
  • Bugs
    and much more.

A professional and unbiased  report of 60 pages with over 100 photos,
which is easy to read, will be emailed on the same day  by the house inspector.

The video is from A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspection in the United States and it is also applies to House Inspections in New Zealand since the Inspectors receive the same training and qualifications.

Video Credit: Glenda Black


Which issues are important to fix after a House Inspection

Which Issues are important to fix after a Home Inspection?

fixing issues after Home InspectionsWhether you as the seller or the buyer has had the Home Inspection done,
it is very likely that there maybe issues which need fixing. 
The buyer may request that the seller will fix some issues found by the home inspector.
Not all of the issues mentioned in the 60 page report, issued by a
qualified A Buyer’s Choice house inspector, may need to be fixed by the seller. There some defects which are mandatory (i.e. safety issues) or importantto repair so the sale can go through.
This is why it is a good idea to have a pre-listing home inspection, so the seller has plenty of time to either get a tradesman/woman to do the job or , if possible, fix it him/herself before putting the property on the market.
This could save time and money and could increase the chances of the house getting sold.

It can be overwhelming in regards to
what needs to addresssed.
Check out the video (2:05 min)  and links below to find out what matters most.

What fixes are mandatory after a Home Inspection
by Rosie Romero

10 Deal Killers – Reasons why Homebuyers walk away from a  Home purchase
by Matt Steinhausen

Image Credit: Merio on Pixabay

Video Credit: Larry Keeble on You Tube

Home Inspection before listing the house for sale

Is a Pre-Listing Home Inspection worth it?

Pre-listing Home InspectionsA pre-listing inspection could provide the seller with a professional opionion about the condition of the house. The comprehensive report provided may show some defects that could be deal breakers. These would be good to get fixed before putting the house on the market.

Since the you know what needs fixing you can get it done before listing your house on the market and it could safe time and money in the long run.

Some of the issues which could be possible deal breakers may be:

  • Mould
  • Roof
  • Electrical
  • Foundation
  • Plumbing
  • Skirting/fascia boards
  • Water damage

Check out the 0:33 min Video on why a pre-listing would be of advantage.

Lynette Bruno  a Real Estate and Lifestyle Expret on Trulia wrote the Should a seller ge a Home Inspection

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A Buyer s Choice Home Inspections in Auckland and other areas of New Zealand

  Home Inspections by A Buyer’s Choice are available in AA Buyer's Choice Logouckland and in other areas of New Zealand.

Are you or your friends thinking of buying or selling a house?
A house inspection is always advisable, even for a house you live in or are renting out to tenants. It could save money, time and give you a competitive edge.

To find a  qualified home inspector please refer to the list below.

Auckland Areas

Maxe Janssen 

Takapuna, Devonport, East Coast Bays, Ponsonby, Point Chevalier

Kevin Williams North Shore

Duane Turner Waitakere area

Stephen Boyd  West Auckland

Zoe Parson  Mission Bay


Patrick Herbert Tauranga, Mount Manganui

Hawkes Bay

John Potgieter
John’s blog 


Neville Smith 

Hamilton East, Waikato

Paul Overwater 

If you are interested in becoming a House Inspector, you can become part of the A Buyer’s choice franchise.Find out more about this opportunity
check out the Video (0.33 min) below:

How to prepare for a House Inspections

Preparing for a House Inspection

Whether you are buying or selling a home, it is a good policyHome Inspection Preparations
to have a home inspection.
To make this easier for all concerned, it would be good to prepare before the home inspector arrives.
Some of these preparations could mean that the inspector find less things to report about, issues you maybe able to easily fix yourself before hand.
You can read about some of the issues the comprehensive report from the House Inspector will cover here.
Clearing your personal belongings, from any area that may need inspection, is one important preparation, since the inspector is not allowed to move them.
The video below provides great tips on how to prepare your home.

For more tips check out the article on How to prepare your home for an inspection on Wiki How, which covers:

  • Addressing common issues before a house Inspection
  • Making an Inspection easy on the home inspector
  • Doing minor home maintenance prior to an inspection

Video Credit: Glenda Black

Image Credit: Wikivisual on Wiki How

How to find Tradespeople to fix defects the House Inspection discovered

After a House Inspection – How to find Tradespeople to fix issues

Tradespeople fix HouseAn inspection of your property by a qualified house inspector will make sure,  that the house you are buying or selling, or living in has no unknown defects.

‘A Buyer’s Choice’ house inspection will provide you with a very detailed report, including any issues, like dampness, rotten wood or even termites.

How would your find someone to fix any of these problems to increase the safety and value of your house?

Ways to find Tradespeople

Finding a tradesman or tradeswoman you can trust to do a good job and also charge you a fair price may not be easy, unless you have recommendations.
Below is are some of the platforms online which provide listings and in some cases ratings or reviews of tradespeople.


Businesses pay a monthly or yearly fee to be registered with NoCoboys.
As a customer, you can check out the ratings of the tradespeople and leave a rating when the job is done.

‘A Buyer’s choice’ home inspection has a 5 Star rating  and a 99% approval from over 130 authenticated ratings in the period of  2014-2017.  


Builderscrack has a vigorous sign up process for tradespeople, verifying their qualifications and identity. 
It caters for house owners who want to find someone to fix anything related to property, as well as for tradespeople to find someone to work on the job with them.
There is a cost estimator which allows you to find what a job would cost in the different categories of trades.
When you post a job request, Builderscrack provides a list of upto 12 trades professionals in your area.
The tradie winning the bid for the job will be charged a fee of 5 % upto NZ $750.
There is an option of customers leaving a review.


Business listing, Reviews, events.


Search New Zealand Directories, Listings and Reviews

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Trademe is another way to find tradespeople
under the  category for
Building and Renovation

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