Home buyers expect that realtors know about homes that have been used as meth labs. Yet, many realtors don’t know much about them, according to what I’ve seen posted on websites and real estate forums on the Internet. It’s a troubling thought to realize that’s the case, considering the consequences that presents to home buyers and to realtors.
For example, this video of a house in Evans, Colorado shows all the signs of being a former meth lab, yet the realtor assumes the previous occupants only smoked meth in it. Smoking meth, by the way, also contaminates a home.
If you’re a realtor, you should know, that I’m not blaming you for being ignorant about meth labs. A few years ago, I didn’t know much about them either. It wasn’t until my son bought a home in TN, that I first learned about the devastating health and financial consequences that buying a contaminated meth lab home can have on families.
Since that time, I have learned alot more than I ever expected I would about the meth lab problem here in the U.S. and elsewhere. I have heard from dozens of people, who have either rented or bought contaminated homes, who have suffered devastating consequences, as a result. Many have lost all that they have; their homes, their belongings, their health, their hope for a brighter future. Their experiences have changed them and me, forever. So, I am writing this post to appeal to realtors everywhere to learn as much as you can about homes that have been used to make meth aka meth lab homes. Innocent, hard-working families depend on you to help them navigate the maze of the real estate world.
Since I began methlabhomes.com, a few years ago, I’ve heard from people from all sides of the meth lab problem, including realtors. I can tell you that the realtors, that I’ve heard from, are very concerned about the issues concerning them. They want to do the right thing and protect home buyers. Yet, how many realtors actually know that much about meth lab homes? I don’t know. I suspect there are many, because no one requires them to know that much about them, as far as I can tell. If that’s not true in your case, please let me know.
Many of the stories and comments that are scattered all over this website are there for one reason and one reason only. Someone knew about the history of the home, but didn’t tell the whole truth about it. In some cases, perhaps many cases, these stories so filled with heartache, exist simply because the realtor didn’t know much about former meth labs. If you are a realtor, I encourage you to learn as much as you can about them, whether you read about them on this website or elsewhere on the Internet. By knowing more about them, you can help protect innocent people who are relying on you to find them a safe place to live. Additionally, knowing more about them will also help you learn how to protect yourself and your family.
Meth lab homes are not only a problem for home buyers, they’re also a problem for realtors, for reasons that go far beyond the difficulties you may have in selling them. Homes where meth has been cooked are considered to be hazardous waste sites, not by me, but by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, otherwise known as the EPA.
If you’re showing homes that are still contaminated with meth lab chemicals, it’s not only buyers that are at risk. Going in to a home that’s contaminated can also put your own health at risk.