Nesting Instinct

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).

Proactive Strategy

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 know several 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’m aware of at least one Twin Cities homeowner who wishes they had hired such a service.

I once represented the Buyer in a $1.6M 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.

See also, “Early Move-in (No Agreement)”; “New Household Formation” ” the BAD Kind“; and “Bats in the Attic? Not According to the Seller.”

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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