Are you super excited about moving to a new home? You will probably be more excited before than after. Moving has its own unique set of stress factors. While the usual stresses of moving to a new location are anticipated, there are also many other factors that new owners are only rarely warned about. Here are several facts about moving to a new home that may not have occurred to you:
You Could be Moving to Former Meth Lab That Puts Your Health at Risk
When you first toured your home, “former meth lab” was probably not what came to mind first. But, unknown to you, the house may have been used for cooking meth, as many homes in Australia and New Zealand are. While this doesn’t have any legal repercussions for you, there are definitely health repercussions to worry about. Cooking methamphetamine leaves a harmful residue that could pose risk to your health. The meth contamination could also harm the building.
Therefore, you must ask the real estate agent or landlord if the house is a former meth lab and whether it was properly cleaned. If the landlord replied “yes,” to either of the above questions, inquire which meth cleaning company did the job. Go to the company’s website and find out what type of decontamination process was used. It should be certified and accepted by regulators. You may want to consider hiring a firm to do another thorough decontamination if the damage was severe.
If the Former Owners were Smokers, You are at Risk for Cancer Too
Did you know that carcinogenic tobacco residue can linger inside homes and buildings for up to three months? Yup; if the former owners of the house were smokers, you can indirectly ingest cancer-causing agents. The toxins left behind can actually be potentially fatal to small children and infants. Toddlers who love to touch stuff around the house could accidentally ingest a toxin that causes a poisoning. So, before you move in, the house must be thoroughly cleaned and decontaminated. If the former owners were smokers, it won’t hurt to wait three months before moving in.
The Neighbourhood Noise
While you can check every nook and corner of a new home, you cannot really check the noise levels. You may not notice how noisy the neighbourhood really is until you move in. This can be a startling revelation to many. That’s why before you buy a house, you should inquire around about the noise levels in the neighbourhood. If possible, stay in the house for a weekend to get a feel of the things around the house.
Don’t underestimate the amount of cleaning that will be required when you move into a new home. You will have to scrub and thoroughly cleanse areas like bathrooms and kitchens. Don’t judge the house by the nice looks shown in the catalogue or the tour. There will be many people moving in and out of the house when it’s on sale, so you should definitely spend time cleaning everything to avoid getting sick with some contaminant.
The above reasons are why you should invest in a good home inspection before moving in.