It’s not just would-be Buyers who are tirelessly searching for a home this Fall, before the arrival of colder temps and harsher weather.
So are critters (and insects, if that’s a separate category).
The list includes bees, wasps, mice, squirrels, & raccoons (a few years ago in the Twin Cities, it was even ladybugs).
Fortunately, it’s usually not a big deal to keep out such uninvited guests: simply close any openings through which they’re gaining access, which usually means caulking.
Locally, I’m aware of at least a few homeowners who, every Fall, hire a professional exterminator to inspect the perimeter of their home, and do any needed spot caulking.
Smart . . .
P.S.: I know one Twin Cities homeowner who wishes they had hired such a service.
I recently represented the Buyer in a +$1M home sale in Edina that fell apart during the inspection phase of the deal.
The main culprit: mouse droppings in one too many places in the basement.