Are you thinking of buying an investment property that used to serve as a drug lab or drug den? These properties sometimes become available for auction after the police department has conducted all of their investigative work. The good news is that you can often get a seized drug house at bargain basement prices. On the other hand, these homes sometimes need a significant amount of cleanup work before you can even start remodeling, let alone put it on the market. Here are two things you need to know before you start the rehab project:
Assume you can't keep anything on the inside.
If drugs like meth were manufactured on the property, then you'll likely have to gut the entire interior of the home. The reason is that meth is basically made of a mix of a bunch of different poisons. Those elements produce a toxic coating that get into the air and coat everything around it, from walls to carpet to furniture and more. Inhaling those fumes can be deadly. It can also cause long-term medical conditions like blindness, liver damage, and reproductive disorders.
You obviously can't make the home available for sale or rent with any of the toxic materials remaining. Doing so would open you up to serious liability. Just assume from the get-go that nothing on the inside can be saved.
Additionally, it's not uncommon to find stains and discoloration in former drug homes. Smoke and other drug toxins can quickly deteriorate a home's furnishings. Drug houses can also see a lot of fights and other violent activity. There could be blood stains on the carpet throughout the home.
Smoke, blood, and other biohazards usually seep into the walls and floors over time. If you see discoloration on the carpet, chances are good that there's even more discoloration on the floor boards underneath. Don't assume that just the surface of a floor or wall can be washed if there's discoloration. You'll likely need to pull the surface and see what's behind it.
You can't throw waste in a normal construction dumpster. Because the toxins from drug production are so dangerous, you can't just throw the waste in with regular trash. Doing so would expose neighbors, trash collectors, and anyone else who comes near it. Blood can't be thrown in the trash either. It's considered bio-waste and must be disposed of according to your state and local regulations. If you're caught disposing of toxic materials or blood in the trash, you could face serious charges.
The most efficient way to clean a drug house is usually to call a biohazard clean-up company. They can get into the house and quickly remove all the dangerous and toxic materials. When they're done, the house will be stripped clean and ready for you to begin work. Contact a biohazard clean-up company like Disaster Specialist for more information.