Marijuana Grow House - How To Check For Signs

Top Ten Signs To Check For Marijuana Grow House

When you go house hunting you should be looking for more than “For Sale” signs. Other signs you should be alert to are indications the house you are considering may have been a former grow op. With so much at stake, take advantage of the experience and knowledge of a registered real estate broker or salesperson. Brokers and salespersons are obligated to disclose any material fact about a property or its history they are aware of that could affect a person’s decision to buy.

A broker or salesperson may also be able to provide you with a Seller Property Information Statement if one exists. Grow ops can be hard to spot after an operation has been dismantled, particularly if the house’s grow-op history is several buyers in the past. Mould especially can be difficult to detect.

They may look like any other home on the surface, but grow ops undergo a number of renovations. Although they usually require extensive repair, former grow houses are just as likely to be given only cosmetic alterations to hide the real damage before being put up for sale.

You should give serious consideration to having a home inspected to reduce the possibility of buying a home that has been cosmetically renovated.

In some circumstances, you may also want to consider having a professional engineer check for possible structural damage. Marijuana Grow Houses In addition to working with a professional home inspector, you can also look for these “Top Ten” signs that a home may have been used as a grow op:

  1. Mould in corners where the walls and ceilings meet 
  2. Unusual number of roof vents or signs of roof vents 
  3. Fresh paint on window frames to cover damage caused by the high levels of humidity
  4. Painted concrete floors in the basement with circular marks where pots once stood
  5. Evidence of tampering with the electric meter (damaged or broken seals) or the ground around it
  6. Unusual or modified wiring on the exterior of the house
  7. Brownish stains on the underside of beams or arches that bleed down a wall
  8. Concrete masonry patches, or alterations on the inside of the garage
  9. Patterns of screw holes on the walls
  10. Fire place alterations


Denting on front doors (from police ramming the door) If you suspect that a property is being used as a grow-op, you should contact your local police department or call Crime Stoppers. Please note that the “top ten” signs listed above are only some of the signs