Julius Squeezer

Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

I knew he was there.  Evidence of him was all over this cellar.

Julius Squeezer.

Either this guy had discarded a lot of previous, very fine, suits, or he was living with a lot of cousins.  Skins were everywhere!

And his presence was not unexpected!  This home is a very nice, century-old Victorian, with a lot of original touches and many additions.  There is a large cellar, exactly as you would imagine, with a stone foundation and dirt floor.

The house sits on 6 quiet, mostly-rural acres.  It's a beautiful setting with outbuildings and a stable.  The buyers have horses, so they were looking for this kind of house.  While there two different deer sauntered by, so we were out of town!

The Realtor said that she heard this is a Sears Catalog home.  Until then I had always thought of the Sears homes as craftsman style, and smaller.  But looking it up I found that during the early part of the 20th century Sears sold many Victorian-style homes.

After I snapped the photo, a little head popped up!  Look closely at the photo above and you can see something dark in the upper-right corner.

Big Juli moved warily, smelling me frequently.

But he posed for a nice profile photo!

I guess he was 6 to 8' in length.  This is his domain.  He has the run of the place and has access to areas I could only see, or imagine.

And given the numbers of suits laying about, he is well fed!

I called for the Realtor who wasn't fazed.  She showed no excitement until a big spider showed up, nearly 3" from toe to toe.

She did him in with no doubt of his demise!  "My client hates spiders!"  The buyers were not present, so Lenn demonstrated true agency!

My recommendation:  most people would react viscerally to the presence of a snake, or snakes, on site.  In this case, it/they probably keep the mice to a minimum!  Most, however, would prefer that the snakes keep to themselves in the cellar!  Obviously Julius Squeezer is a happy boy.




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Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Jay, we could use a few more snakes around here... the mice population seems to be soaring.

Jun 19, 2012 02:21 AM #35
Kathryn Maguire
GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

When I first moved to the country, I took my long-handled axe to snakes (after holding them down with a rake).  Now, I have come to a truce with them and we live in peace.

Jun 19, 2012 02:38 AM #36
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Jay, great action photos. I have to admit I've never had anything close to like that happen to me at an inspection. I enjoyed all the comments. 

Jun 19, 2012 02:41 AM #37
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

arachnicide?   geeze, Lenn.  and you left a witness behind?


Jay, you guys aren't paid enough.


Jun 19, 2012 03:18 AM #38
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I have a critter phobia. I would not have been happy to see a snake in the house. I don't care if it's only the cellar. But I dislike mice even more than snakes. So if Juli keeps the mice away, I'm all for it.

Jun 19, 2012 03:25 AM #39
Wayne Jackson
Lakeshore Realty 208-714-4109 - Hayden, ID
North Idaho Realtor, Serving Coeur dnullAlene and Hayden Lake

Jay, Great story as always. I think snakes are much better mousers than cats. Unfortunately we almost never see any kind of snakes here in North Idaho.

I have great respect for Kathrine #36. I used to hate spiders but now I sometimes just take them outside instead of killing them. they won't hurt you if you are nice to them.

Jun 19, 2012 03:35 AM #40
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

Oh come on Jay, this home has character! It has wild life. A rustic feel. Country living.

There are a lot of positive ways to spin this one!

Jun 19, 2012 03:36 AM #41
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jay- I DO NOT like snakes!  Saw too many of them on my first girl scout camping trip.  And, way too many on our hunting lease in South Texas.  Just too much of an ick factor for me. 

Jun 19, 2012 03:40 AM #42
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Chris - where you are they probably have a very short hunting season!  The rest of the time is spent hibernating.

Kathryn - most people do not live in peace with them!  I think they are fine, unless, of course, it is a rattler and in my house!

There wasn't too much action Adrian.  He posed pretty still for that shot!

It was awful Alan.  It ran and ran, finally screaming when it was hit with a board and then popping loudly under her shoe.  I'm still shaking...


Jun 19, 2012 04:03 AM #43
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Tammie - Big Juli is a mouse whisperer, and really has them under his thumb.

So to speak.

Wayne - we have a spider here that is a real jumper/biter.  They don't take kindly to the old 8x11 piece of paper and into the yard thing.  No snakes there?

Donald - that's what I said to Lenn about the snake.  She only really reacted to the spider!

Kathy - one Boy Scout camping trip a 6' rattlesnake crawled right through the middle of our tent!  We finally caught up to him and did him in.  Our troop enjoyed rattlesnake for dinner.  It really does taste like chicken, although the meat has a compact fiber, not so long as chicken muscle.

My brother got the rattles!


Jun 19, 2012 04:10 AM #44
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Jay, We have some great rat poison for the mice. It is the same basic thing as the drug coumadin. The mice and rats eat it and  go off and bleed out. If the dogs get in it you  just take them for a shot of vitamin K. 

Jun 19, 2012 05:45 AM #45
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Such a great story!  I'm sure that in those "parts" there are all different sorts of characters lurking "under foot!"

Jun 19, 2012 05:54 AM #46
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Interesting Tom.  I guess the Vit K causes clotting and thickening of the blood.  There were poison traps all around the house, but maybe don't work well.

Jan - there are probably more organisms in that house, of all varieties, then there are people in that county!

Jun 19, 2012 06:21 AM #47
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Jay, I have seen Black Racers going around yards from time to time. They are an enemy to mice and other predatory snakes. They are a good thing to have around - in small numbers and in their proper place! Fun story :)


Jun 19, 2012 11:41 AM #48
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I have a real phobia of snakes.. So I would have been out of there in a heart beat!

Jun 19, 2012 01:02 PM #49
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Sharon - if this guy is alone, he is the small number and in the right place!

Joan - you have nothing to fear of any snake unless you trap them or step on them.  They usually feel your presence before you see them and intentionally try to get out of your way.

Jun 19, 2012 06:38 PM #50
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Jay, you just gave me a real great reason to never want to be a home inspector.  

Jun 19, 2012 07:14 PM #51
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Gary - things like this are fun!  What I don't like is running into raccoons in crawl spaces or cellars.  They are dangerous and nasty!

Jun 19, 2012 07:39 PM #52
Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
Delivering the Unbiased Truth.

Snakes. Lucky you.  Here in Minnesota I'll see a garter snake every once in a while, but that's it.  The cold keeps the riff-raff out ;)

Jun 24, 2012 11:54 AM #53
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Riff raff Reubs?  Big Juli keeps out the riff raff!  Now, if they could only teach him to go after termites...

Jun 24, 2012 08:00 PM #54
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