As a Bellingham and Blaine, Wa. Home Inspector, and throughout my years as a general contractor, I have encountered quite the assortment of critters in crawlspaces, attics and walls. It seems that these varmints have as keen an eye for comfortable real estate as we do. This is above and beyond the usual offenders (ants, beetles, termites, spiders, and rodents). The list is pretty extensive; skunks, possums, snakes, feral cats, wild chickens, bats, raccoons, honeybee hives, assorted birds, squirrels, and more cockroaches than I care to remember about). I'm sure that there are some that I'm forgetting. Not the best things you want residing in your home when you're trying to sell it. Perhaps unless you're prospective buyers are nature lovers. Although, even the nature lovers took issue with the skunks. And, invariably, when I run into these critters the homeowner usually has asked me to get rid of them for them. Even though I am not an exterminator, more often than not I have complied with there wishes. I guess I'm a sucker for a pleading, frightened, housewife with tears forming in her eyes. Call it a weakness. Well, there are interesting, and often horrific, stories attached to just about every one of these unwanted guest evictions. Probably cocktail party fodder. Too lengthy to get into here. I will say that it took six months before the skunk perfume faded, and I was no longer a social pariah. And my ribs have healed quite nicely. I still have hopes that my vision will return to normal, but I have my doubts. I did get a couple gallons of honey, but that does seem like little consolation now.
Anyway, if you are looking for a Bellingham, Wa. Home Inspector, please don't hesitate to give me a call. Just remember that I no longer do skunks. And please don't cry. Allmann Home Inspection Services in Bellingham and Blaine, Wa. 360-371-0260.