Is there anything worse than a smelly home? My answer is yes I found 1

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

What could be worse than a smelly home? Recently looking for fixer uppers for a buyer of mine. We have viewed some pretty smelly homes. Smoke, cats, dogs and one with a sewer smell. Today though we looked at a FSBO in the Manchester NH. It had a smell of pets but something was off.


As I stepped on the carpet it appeared to jump. Then it hit me. Bite after bite there was a million fleas. Maybe more. 


We ran out of the home, i took off my shoes and socks. Rolled up my pants and what to do. I applied hand sanitizer to kill off anything I could not see. Wait... what? oh the pain... The lesson maybe not to just stay out of smelly home. BUT to not to put sanitizer on flea bites. The second lesson is the sellers should post warnings if they have fleas? 


In the end, my shoes and socks went in the garbage can. I drove back to my office bare foot. Boy did I get stares walking in and no, I did not want to talk about it 


The MOST IMPORTANT message is to share with every consumer that my philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.



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About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 32 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 



Comments (20)

Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert
E*Rae Realty - Austin, TX
Exceeding Expectations in Every Transaction

eek, this post gives me the heebie jeebies just from reading it!   Hope you are recovering from this awful experience!

Apr 30, 2018 06:21 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

In the old days of foreclosures I have stepped into this flea ridden home and it aint a good thing

Apr 30, 2018 06:32 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

A bit itchy Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert and a tube of cortisone 10 later

Apr 30, 2018 06:37 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

There was many back then, but these people still lived there Joe Pryor which made it worse

Apr 30, 2018 06:38 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Oh no Scott. I think you are right, that would be the worse one yet. Ich......

Apr 30, 2018 06:52 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Scott, for sharing your experience.

I, too, have been attacked by fleas when previewing foreclosures.

Apr 30, 2018 06:54 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

OMG, Scott! The fleas! I've heard stories from agents who got "caught." Fortunately, it has not happened to me. But I have seen some pretty ugly mold.

Apr 30, 2018 06:59 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Scott Godzyk I hope you have access to a gym and a shower before you go into your own home!!!  

Apr 30, 2018 07:01 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Yikes, that must have been awful Scott. And, some people think this is a glamorous life looking at beautiful homes all day long...

Apr 30, 2018 07:59 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Now that is a bad invstation.   Need a bunch of flea bombs just to try and start.

Apr 30, 2018 09:21 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Scott- At least with a smell, you can leave it behind at the house. And, as Barbara Todaro said, hope you had an opportunity to shower elsewhere before heading home. 

Apr 30, 2018 10:41 AM
Barbara Todaro

that's a MUST.... OMG

Apr 30, 2018 11:14 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Scott Godzyk - I have never seen or heard anything like this! It should be disclosed. It's truly a hazard to enter this property. 

I think this one deserves to be feature din BananaTude - Congratulations!

Apr 30, 2018 01:41 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Yicks...hope Flipper appreciated your  efforts !

Apr 30, 2018 02:08 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Gross!!  Unimaginable that someone lived in those conditions, but I am constantly surprised.

Apr 30, 2018 03:36 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I remember walking into a vacant home once with white pants on.  It was this time of year, and when I looked down I saw a solid black cloud of fleas on my pant legs.  What a mess!

Apr 30, 2018 04:32 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Scott, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!    

Apr 30, 2018 04:33 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Scott.

My goodness! Been there, I know how it feels.  Trouble for me is, when they bite me I start to have a bad reaction to them.  

May 01, 2018 02:36 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Wow - you really do get into some strange situations. Hope your itchies heal soon.

May 01, 2018 11:16 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

You know, I believe you're right; there ARE worse things than odors. This has happened to me a few times. It bites!

May 30, 2018 12:49 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Myrl Jeffcoat - remember white stockings? Same thing happened to me. A group of Realtors was previewing new office listings when we entered one such infested house. We realized it once we were all back in the car. I looked down and my legs were polka-dotted with black spots. Everyone jumped out of the car and started running around and slapping their legs. It's funny looking back at it, but not so much at the time. :)

May 30, 2018 12:53 PM