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  1. 2)The heat and light generated must be concealed. So, insulation is applied to the walls and ceilings, and windows light-sealed behind the residential window blinds. Sometimes the insulation has been ripped out as part of the clean-up, but bits of it always remain, along with residual wall damage. Some growers leave the living/dining and kitchen area intact, so that a visitor at the front door will see what looks like a typical family home. And the homes always look perfectly normal in a photo from the street.

  2. 3)Marijuana plants require lots of water. Growers douse the plants regularly, with the water running across the floor. Where the floor is a wood structure and elevated off the ground, they drill holes through it and the water drains into the crawl space. With concrete floors, it puddles around the baseboards. There is always mold in the drywall of the rooms used for growing, especially on the inside surface, along with wood-rot at the baseboards.

  3. 4)The plants are grown in a potting-soil mixture with lots of vermiculite. Eventually the growers get tired of carting all the used soil mixture away, and start spreading it in backyard, so you will see lots of white specks of vermiculite in the grass or in a pile of soil in a shed.

   Most former grow-houses are buyable for someone that wants a challenging remodeling project in exchange for a cheap purchase price. Wood rot and wall damage are easy to quantify when evaluating the work that needs to be done, but mold remediation can be difficult to put a price on until walls are opened after the closing. Also, be on the lookout for strange stuff in the attic, and expect a few hurdles to jump through getting the electric service reconnected.

    By the way, there are thousands of marijuana grow-houses across the U.S.; and it’s reported to be an even bigger problem in Canada, where law enforcement officials estimate that there are currently 50,000 grow operations. What amazes us most about former grow-houses is that occasionally the buyers are surprised when we tell them about the evidence of the home’s prior wild life!

   To read a report about one of the most amazing residential marijuana growing operations in recent history (and with a Gainesville connection!),
click this link:  
Great Tennessee Pot Cave.

   Also, to learn more about the increased number of grow houses appearing in suburban neighborhoods, here’s an article from the New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/07/us/marijuana-growers-move-to-the-suburbs.html?ref=suburbs


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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