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Marijuana Grow House: Renovating Back to Normal
Marijuana Grow House

Marijuana Grow House

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You're a landlord or you're a new-house buyer. You're the proud owner of a marijuana grow house! Now what?

Most likely, you're spending a lot of time aimlessly walking the rooms and yard of your house, wondering what you got yourself into.

What's a Marijuana Grow House?

For those who are unaware, a marijuana grow house is typically a single-family detached home with parking (usually a garage, too) and a yard around it. Growers either move into the house legally (as tenants or owners) or illegally (as squatters on foreclosed properties). They quietly set up growing operations behind closed curtains. Growing lights, seeds, soil, planter boxes, hoses, and all the implements needed to grow marijuana indoors are usually brought in under cover of night.

Pot plants can be situated all throughout the house, though typically the front rooms are left normal--just in case someone happens to look in. Water lines are tapped to provide irrigation, electric wires reconfigured to power the juice-hungry growing lights. Thick plastic, hopefully, covers floors. Plastic might be stapled or nailed around walls.

In short, the house becomes one big enclosed marijuana field. Everything is given over to the mission of growing weed.

What's Bad About This?

Ownership of a former marijuana grow house is devastating for any owner or landlord, whatever your views on pot-smoking and legalization may be. Even the most free-wheeling proponent of weed can still find him/herself a very unhappy and potentially bankrupt owner of a grow house. It affects everyone.

So, here's everything that can go wrong:

  1. Huge amounts of debris.
  2. Highly unsafe electrical wiring.
  3. Re-routed water lines.
  4. Mold and mildew.
  5. Interior walls removed to make larger growing space.
  6. Floor coverings, subfloors, joists, and studs ruined by water damage.
  7. Many nail and staple holes in walls and ceiling.
  8. Holes cut in ceilings and walls to accommodate ventilation needed to circulate air, so that plants can grow.
  9. General damage (broken doors, windows, drywall, etc.)
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