Marijuana grow houses: what are the signs?

By: Sameer Ansari

Marijuana grow houses: what are the signs?


Marijuana grow houses

Most home buyers tend to focus on what they can see: bright, open spaces, attractive finishes and a nicely landscaped yard. But a home’s striking appearance could be concealing the damage of a former marijuana grow op.


The signs can be tough to spot. With so much at stake, take advantage of the experience and knowledge of Sameer Ansari, a salesperson registered with the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO). We are obligated to disclose any material fact about a property that they are aware of that could affect a person’s decision to buy, including if the home is a former grow op.


When houses are used for a grow op they undergo significant renovations that require extensive repairs to correct. But too often they only receive cosmetic alterations to hide the damage before they’re put up for sale.


Even for a real estate professional, grow ops can be hard to spot after an operation has been dismantled, particularly if the house’s illicit history is several buyers in the past. Mould can be especially difficult to detect.


That’s why an independent home inspection is the best way to determine if a home is a former grow op. A home inspector may be able to identify readily visible signs of former grow-op use; in addition, a professional engineer can identify possible structural damage, and an environmental consultant can identify the presence of toxic mould in the structure. A general constractor may be able to estimate the cost of necessary repairs to the structure and household systems.


Sameer Ansari can refer you to a Professional Home Inspector.


While it’s best to get an independent inspection, here are some of the potential signs that a home may have been used as a grow op:



If you suspect that a property is currently being used as a grow op, contact your local police department or call Crime Stoppers.