Marijuana Grow Op Damage Uncovered By Keen Inspection

Marijuana Grow Op Damage Uncovered By Keen Inspection

Marijuana Grow Op Damage Uncovered By Keen Inspection

With recent legislation passing in Colorado to legalize marijuana could we see a growing problem in the real estate market?  Whether you were for or against the legalization of Marijuana you need to be aware of things to come in the Denver market.

This could be any new   Centennial  or Parker  homeowner’s worst nightmare: shortly after closing on their new house, a family in Canada discovers over $100,000 in hidden damages — the kind of damages that have to be fixed before the house can be deemed safe for occupancy. The cause? HGTV’s Mike Holmes made the discovery after doing a proper inspection on the property: the dream home they’d just bought had previously been used as an indoor marijuana-growing operation!

Believe it or not, it’s an increasingly familiar scenario. Last year alone, our own U.S. DEA busted more than 2500 “grow-ops.”

 The damage such operations wreak on homes can be staggering. Increased humidity leads to warped wood, crumbling walls, and health-endangering black mold outbreaks. Holes are punched in walls and floors to run ducting. Electrical panels are circumvented to disguise high energy use, resulting in illicit wiring schemes that create true fire hazards.

Drug operations may be a rising current problem, but the issue is an older one: when housing modifications are hastily covered up, the next unsuspecting owner pays the price.

 So, as a buyer in Centennial  or Parker  , how do you avoid purchasing a home with the grow-op kinds of damages? A thorough inspection is a must — but there are also some telltale signs you can be aware of yourself. You’ll want to be aware of mold, especially in corners of walls and ceilings. Look for patterns of screw-holes in the walls (where reflective sheeting would have been put up) or on the ceiling (where grow-lights would be hung). Ventilation is a huge issue for growers, so look for patched-up holes in walls and ceilings, modifications to fireplaces, and unusual numbers of roof vents.

 Outside the house, your own inspection should include signs of electrical meter tampering or clumsy outside wiring. And look for evidence of hasty masonry patches (especially in the garage).

 Fortunately, any of our reputable Centennial and  Parker inspection companies should be able to spot more obscure signs. If you will be buying this fall or winter, I’ll be able to recommend some of the best. The first step, however, is to start your search!

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         Jason Peck is part of the Carr Peck & Associates at Keller Williams. He has been recognized locally and nationally as in expert in real estate. Locally he is 6th in Denver Metro home sales out of 5,000 agents and has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal and Real Trends as one of the top selling agents in America.  He is co-author of the National Best Selling Book, “The New Rise in Real Estate”. For more information feel free to 
contact him  or call 720-446-6301.

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