The Showing

Real Estate Agent with McGraw Realtors

Got a call to go show one of my listings this past week.  That's always good, so I set up the appointment.  When the day arrived, I headed out a bit early in order to be there when the potential buyers arrived.

This particual property is in the country, but only minutes from the city.  It sits up on a hill.  You can see the downtown skyline area of the major city to our south from the front-door.  It's an amazing view.

I hadn't been to the house for several days.  When I pulled up I noticed that the guy doing some repair work had been there, but thought nothing of it.

Soon the buyers arrived and we started the tour.  This house has an amazing 24x30 two story shop, so I always start there.  Guys love that shop.  Once we got in the house, I noticed it was fairly warm, so I turned on the attic fan not wanting to run the AC for such a short time (the house is vacant).  I began opening a few windows and propping doors open to get good, quick airflow.  The tour was going fine until I went to open a window in one of the bedrooms.  What I didn't see was the wasp nest that had been built during the last five days or so.  Wasps apparently don't care for windows to be opening around their nests as this stirred them up pretty good and one of them nailed me right on my right temple.  BAM!  Needless to say, we went running and slammed the door shut.  So there we are in the hall kind of scared and kind of laughing all at the same time.  The guy checked my temple, didn't see any stinger and since it didn't hurt much we continued the tour after a few minutes of rehashing the attack.

So it's off to the hall-bath. 

Ever walk into a room and just immediately know that something wasn't right there?  That's what I felt the instant I entered the bathroom.  Looking over the vanity I saw something black in the toilet.  And then I saw the beady eyes and forked tongue.  Yep, it was a snake IN THE TOILET!  I couldn't believe it!  Out of the bathroom I come as fast as possible.  I suppose I wasn't thinking clearly, but I told them we couldn't go in there that there was a snake in the toilet.  Maybe I just should have said, "You can't see that room right now," but I was too rattled.  So the wife freaks out, the dad kind of scratches his head and their 18 year old son goes, "Cool dude!"  Then the kid goes into the bathroom to have a look for himself! 

After we got the mom calmed down (and ourselves as well), we quickly looked at the rest of the house.  I figured this was a lost cause, but alas, I was wrong!  The dad actually asked if I had a platt of the property, which I did - back at the office.  So we went to the office, looked it over and much to my surprise, they were still somewhat interested in the property.  Man is this a strange business or what???

After they left, I called the owner and told him that we had a problem that HE had to take care of.  He said he would go right over to get the snake and handle the wasps.  I asked him how in the world he thought he was going to get the snake out of the toilet since all you could really get close to was the biting end.  His first thought was a 12 gauge and a new toilet.  What he actually ended up doing was devising a lasso of some sort and removing the snake.  It turned out to be a 6 foot bull snake.  He said the wasps had calmed down enough when he got there so that he could get the window shut without getting stung.  I kind of figure the wasps were probably at the wasp bar laughing about the "kill" of the day!

As for me, I survived the wasp sting, but not until having to go to the Urgent Care facility due to an allergic reaction to the sting.  Yep, three shots in the hind end will teach you to mess with wasps!  Now I have to carry an Epipen in case I ever get stung again. 

So I have two questions in regards to this incident...

1)Do snakes come up plumbing into toilets or don't they?  (The snake could have gotten in through an open door while the guy doing the work was there).

2)Would you have told the people about the snake or not?  If not, what would you have said?

I would say this as a a matter of context.  We live in an area that has had an excessive amount of rain this summer and has been on the verge of flooding.  Animals are on the move.  I suspect that the rain might have driven the snake to higher ground.

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Kerri Lawrey-Jones
Magnate Real Estate Advisors, LLC. - Phoenix, AZ

Nothing to add except WOW!  That is the craziest experience of showing a home I have EVER heard of!!  Glad you are ok.


Jul 08, 2007 10:47 AM #1
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time
Well that sounds like the showing from heck!! Snakes do come up through the plumbing especially if there is a septic tank. I was taking a shower one morning a few years back and felt something crawl across my foot...yep it was a snake. I just finished my shower reached down and picked him up and flushed back down the toilet. He was only about 8 inches long.
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