There's WHAT in the Attic?? Your Kidding me...right??

Real Estate Broker/Owner with GW Estates & Homes, Inc. NC 220683

There's WHAT in the Attic?? Your Kidding me...right??

Let me set the scene a little for you. First, my home inspector and I like to joke around with one another. Upon completion of a home inspection, he called to inform me how there was water in the crawl space and efflorescence, of course I have a small panic attack since my buyers are very particular and we had a very small window to get them into a new home.


But it gets worse...My inspector continues to tell me I should see all the "insert 4 letter word" in the attic...I laugh and ask if he is pulling my leg. He said "NO, Geena I am serious" in his very northern accent, "there is a lot of "Crap" in the attic!". At this point he is laughing and I am still laughing and ask again if he is talking about mouse droppings...he said no, it looks like someone left a family of cats to live in the attic and all the insulation is mashed down with thousands of presents left behind.

At this point, I am still laughing because I really think he is pulling a nice little joke on me. Needless to say, when I went to meet him at the home to check it out, I was in for a surprise, There was a thousands of little "presents" in the attic, and it was no joke. (FYI..this home has been vacant for two years and is not a foreclosure or short sale) Now I am really having a panic attack!

FYI..My client, myself, nor my builder who all looked in the attic (with a flashlight) prior to offer NEVER noticed the "presents" left behind.

So what did we have to do?

The water issue was an easy fix, but since I have never experienced “presents in the attic” like these before, I called the state wildlife agency (a great place to receive guidance). I was directed to our Local Director of Biology, who then referred a company who had CDC training. The company inspected, set up traps (since it is possible the animal is still in the attic), follow CDC protocol by neutralizing the feces, remove the feces, remove all the insulation and any soiled boards. After all the clean up, the sellers had to install nice new insulation.

So what was in the attic, your asking?? Racoon's and Possums!! After the seller fixed the attic issue which was a cost of almost $7000, my clients had an air quality and surface test to make sure the home was safe. Everything checked out ok and we closed on Friday with happy clients!






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Comments (4)

Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!

Wow!  That's one I havent run into in my 25 years in the business.  We did have a bat inside a log cabin once!  Took us forever to figure out what we had and where it was getting in.

Mar 06, 2012 10:16 PM
Michael Elliott
Long & Foster - West Windsor, NJ

Wow, crazy stuff.  I once saw bat dropping everywhere, and bats really creep me out. 

Mar 06, 2012 10:19 PM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Great story! You are lucky the buyers did not walk. I am not sure I would have gone through with the purchase.

Mar 06, 2012 10:25 PM
Tibor I. Olah
Apex Results Realty Inc.Brokerage - Burlington, ON

You were fortunate it was only the insulation I have heard were rodents have gotten at the wiring.

Mar 06, 2012 10:29 PM