Understand The Indications Of A Neighbourhood Grow House

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Real Estate Agent with Canadian Real Estate Online

The government estimates that just in Canada there may be more than 50,000 residences being used as grow houses for the organized growing of illegal marijuana plants which could command up to $1.6 million on the market for the up to 1600 plants that may be produced in a single harvest. Professional growers are placing their operations in suburban areas where they find people are much more inclined to not noticed and not raise to many questions or be suspicious of their neighbours. Home owners and purchasers as well need to be on the alert for indications of criminal growers because they not only do severe damage to property but pose a risk to the entire area on numerous levels.

 

Organized interior marijuana cultivating operations require very strong lights that are usually set up on networks that bypass normal electrical circuits and cause local electrical system strains, producing blackouts and causing a potential fire risk. frequently structural damage has been done by sloppy alterations to create the house to ideal conditions, and the chemicals used in the growing generate toxic chemical remnants.  Massive water damage is an additional problem caused by the extent of these grow houses and buildup of mildew and mold can be so bad that the structure must be totally torn down. If you discover a Brampton house for sale that appears to be priced very low you need to be certain that you get it inspected for indications of it being a grow house before committing to the deal.

 

One of the first clues that a professional growing setup is present is the fact that these properties are not lived in on a regular basis. Homes that have their drapes and shutters always closed but that still have bright lights seeping out are also prime candidates. There is often excessive condensation found on the windows from all the plants, and snow almost never stays on the roof because of the heat from the lights melts the snow. There has been occurrences with Barrie real estate for sale that where once grow houses with the tell-tale indications of unkept exterior of the home.

 

Another clue is the amount of security around the house, and houses that have "no trespassing" signs or intimidating electric fences in a relatively peaceful neighbourhood should trigger alarm bells.  Mean looking watchdogs are sometimes left on the property to keep away unwanted visitors, and since they are often left alone they often bark incessantly. It is also true that, homes with "beware of dog" signs that do not seem to have any dogs are even more suspicious. Owners of grow houses may even have "for rent" signs to help explain the strange conditions that exist around a grow house. Because of the strong smell that a large scale operation creates, the ventilation systems in grow houses are often rebuilt, and proof of such activity includes indoor construction noise and unusual "skunk-like" smells coming from the property on a regular basis. Police in Hamilton have found and closed down a lot of of these activities which helps to prevent a drop in the price of homes for sale in Hamilton as it keeps neighbourhoods safe and removes the professional criminals.

 

Questionable activity around a grow house includes people backing into the garage, despite stopping only for short periods of time, and always entering the house through the garage door. There is rarely any trash piled in front of a grow house for weeks, and when there is it usually consist of materials like plastic pots or empty plastic soil and fertilizer bags instead of usual household garbage.  Scraps from interior remodelling projects, electrical wiring, PVC piping and aluminum or sheet metal also indicate that there may be a marijuana operation in your area.

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