Buying a home is one of the most crucial decisions an individual makes. You will need to get appraisals, home inspections, surveys, insurance, and so on, all in the interest of protecting your investment. Don’t forget to have your home tested for previous drug labs, processing, and usage! Toxic chemicals from illicit street drugs can make your family sick and your wallet cringe with cleanup costs starting at about $10,000. In the United States, only 1 in 10 drug labs are ever discovered, leaving future buyers at risk. Don’t judge a book by its cover! Oftentimes, drug dealers and producers use homes in suburban and high-end areas to avoid suspicion of illegal activity.

Drug residues our labs look for with EVERY test 

PCP (Phencyclidine, Angel Dust)
Cocaine Base


What is involved in this testing?

Our inspectors who perform the testing have received training and are certified through the lab we use to collect samples from a kit supplied from the lab. Under strict sanitary conditions, we perform the testing using swabs in multiple areas of the home. Those results are then sent to the lab that interprets the results.

How Long Does it Take?

The testing takes a maximum of 2 business days to send off and to be evaluated. Most times we do receive results the next day as we overnight all kits.

Doesn’t an industrial hygienist have to perform this kind of test? 

The State of Colorado requires an industrial hygienist to perform meth testing if the results are to be used in any type of legal proceeding or recognized as valid by the state. Having an industrial hygienist perform this test is extremely expensive. PremierOne is a great alternative or precursor to having the more expensive test performed if the contamination levels need to be assessed. Our process is designed to be informative to a home buyer with results that are purely qualitative. You will receive a simple “yes” or “no” answer whether the drug residue is present in the areas tested, as opposed to the alternative testing that also shows concentration levels. Believe it or not, there is an “acceptable” level of meth residue that can be present before mitigation is required by the state. Our testing cannot determine whether those levels are below that threshold.

Who is interpreting the results? 

The lab where we send the swabs is overseen by an industrial hygienist and are very strict in their standards. They perform all testing and email a report with their findings.

When should I consider getting this test done? 

We feel anyone considering buying a home would benefit from this testing. It is a very small cost compared to what could be lost and the health risks associated with meth residue. However there are some instances when we strongly suggest this testing:
  1. Foreclosures
  2. Bank-owned homes
  3. Any home where the history is unknown or has had many tenants