Unwanted Tenants

Most people like to live in a quiet, undisturbed dwelling where they’re afforded a modicum of privacy.

It turns out, so do critters.

In the course of showing any number of vacant properties this Summer, my Buyers and I have encountered (so far): wasp nests; bats (or evidence thereof); ant colonies; and the occasional squirrel’s nest in (or under) the roof.

None of those things are good for a home’s resale value — or make for good showings.
And that’s just the exterior.

Inside, a vacant home is almost never as appealing as a well-staged, occupied home.
P.S.: Think Winter spares owners any of these concerns? Think again.
While there may not be critters, there is the risk (at least in MN) of frozen pipes, ice dams, etc.
About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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