Chicago Relocation

The Last Check On Your New Home Checklist

February 6, 2013

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John D’Ambrogio

Below are some comments from Baird & Warner’s own Tom Gill.

Harris Effron posted a very intriguing article on AOL’s real estate website last June. Here are some excerpts along with comments.

Whether you’re relocating to a new area or just moving to a new place, home buying is an exciting time in life. It can be the kick-off to a fresh start, or a simple change of scenery. If you’re not careful however, that new home could instantly cost hundreds of thousands of dollars extra; as seen in the case of John and Jessie Bates.

Shortly after purchasing their new home in Suquamish Washington, The Bates’ 7 year old son Tyler started developing an unusual rash, along with vomiting that spread to all members of the family. In addition the house was plagued with a strange unidentifiable smell; the answer? Their new home had been previously used as a meth lab.

The houses dark secret was told to the Bates by a neighbor, and the theory was solidified when they began tearing apart the master bathroom. They found iodine-looking stains on the walls, and human feces under the floorboards. Fox news reported that toxic chemicals had soaked into the fabric of the entire house, and an environmentalist agency deemed the house not suitable for living.

The Bates ended up spending an additional $184,000 to destroy and rebuild a new house, and only about half of the states have laws that require sellers to disclose whether or not the house had once been used as a meth lab. If you are unfortunate enough to live in one of the states without this disclosure law, there is little legal action that can be taken. Additionally, the DEA reported that 10,287 meth labs were seized in the United States in 2011.

Therefore the last check on your new home checklist? Chemical Contamination. This test costs only a couple hundred dollars and could save you a large amount of money. More importantly, it could protect the health and safety of you or your family.


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