This summer we listed a multi-family home and after several showings another agent brought in a buyer who made an offer. After some brief negotiations we came to a meeting of the minds and began the process to get to closing.
As usual, the buyer had a home inspection performed. The inspection revealed some minor issues that the seller was happy to resolve. One issue was that the inspector found two dead bedbugs in the first floor unit. The seller contracted a pest control company to treat the apartment and figured that all was settled and we could move forward. Not so easily...
It turns out the buyer has an unnatural fear of bugs and wanted a heat treatment done in addition to the chemical treatment the seller paid for. The heat treatment would cost about $5,000. The seller was NOT happy and said that unless the buyer could prove there were active bedbugs, he wouldn't spend that money, he felt the buyer was now taking advantage.
After several discussions with us, the buyers agent and the attorney's, we all agreed that the buyer would hire a firm with a bedbug dog to determine if there were still active bedbugs anywhere in the home. The only caveat would be that the seller or his agent (us) would have to be there to observe the inspection.
So inspection day finally arrived and we showed up to meet the buyer, his agent and the inspector with the bedbug dog. It turned out the working dog was an adorable miniature beagle that the inspector carried in his arms. When he put this cute little dog down to search, it was amazing watching him work. He went right to the walls, tail up and began sniffing. The inspector would gently guide him to different areas. For almost 30 minutes this dog in all it's glory searched happily for bedbugs. Thankfully he didn't find anything!
So now the issue is resolved. No heat treatment is needed and we're headed to the closing table.