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Unwanted Guests That Don't Pay Rent

It doesn't matter how small or large, how inexpensive or expensive or how high or low your house is.  You can always have unwanted guests that don't pay rent.

In this case, it was a very high window, on a very expensive house, with a piece of trim that must have fallen off at some point.

And it was one of FOUR such locations, with birds actively flying in and out!

The seller had no idea.

The buyer just wants it fixed and the birds foreclosed on!

I guess they will pull out all the furniture and leave it at the street.

All that needs happening is replacing the trim and sealing up any gaps.

Birds don't need a wide hole to get in!  Some can enter easily with only 1/4"!

So care will have to be taken.

My recommendation:  look around.  You might have gaps or locations that are tempting to birds.  They are very opportunistic little animals!  And what better place to nest than inside a spot that is protected, warm and dry!  But they can do damage and encourage other animals to follow.  Like bats.  You probably don't want bats!  So look around!  Seal the gaps and repair holes!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 22 commentsJay Markanich • May 14 2012 03:12AM

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Old * plastic dryer vents with no covers on the exterior are the greatest option for birds.  I've found them in the attic after they ate through the plastic into the area - they can get in and they want to STAY!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 6 years ago

Morning Jay the wife puts a wreath out this time of year on our front door.  I've told her it was not a good idea but she did it anyway.  Now we have a nest and 5 eggs. 

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 6 years ago

So, Wallace, did the title pique your interest!?  I have had the dryer vent bird nest posts too, one of the leading cause of dryer fires!

That would be an invitation James!  Cleaning up later will be fun...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

LOL, even if I had this issue, those birds would not be returning to my place...not with my frisky cats in the window.  They are lucky there is glass there.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 6 years ago

With the right opportunity those birds would be a quick snack Debbie.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Hi Jay,

Wait till the eggs have hatched and the youngsters have flown away.

I would hate to disturb them right now at this time of year.

But you do have a point. The trim needs to be repaired and the birds removed.

Good and funny post.

Best, Clint McKie 

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 6 years ago

Good morning Jay,

Eviction, never a pretty process...I am with Clint, though - can't it wait until the youngsters have "flown the coop"!?!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 6 years ago

Clint - I don't know if there are eggs.  That location is higher than my ladder!  Trim all over this house, all high, needed repair!

Lisa - not my call.  But there are a few weeks left until they move in.  This house is being bought with cash, so the new owners are anxious and ready.  Maybe the birds have their own bomb shelter!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

I say if they don't help pay the mortgage... they gotta go! Squirrels are a problem here, see nests in the attics all the time. Another place to make sure is sealed up is the channel that covers the coolant lines from your A/C condenser outside. If the bottom is open, it's like an open interstate for pests!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 6 years ago

Fred - we had squirrels in our attic many years ago and they are hard to get out!  Also, mice entered our house via the AC lines once and they are just a bad a problem!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Jay, obviously an ornithologist's house and the openings are intentional :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 6 years ago

Jay, Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly, all your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise ; )


Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Jay -- that looks like it might have broken, and then the birds (or some other critter) enlarged the opening, by getting rid of more of the facing.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 6 years ago

Charlie - I believe we could call this a conducive condition!

Don - not sure it was all my life, but the inspection sure turned up some interesting stuff!

Steven - I don't see any nail holes or glue so I wonder if they didn't just put this in place intending to secure it and forgot!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

It does look like a perfect place for a bird...and easily overlooked by a homeowner.

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) over 6 years ago

On the side and way high Kathryn.  I found this spot, and three others!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Good morning Jay. Might as well hang a vacancy sign on a hole that big and let the birds and bats fight over it. Unless a squirrel has already taken up residence. A few red squirrels in the walls is always fun. Yikes.

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) over 6 years ago

I agree Randy.  And there were three more invitational parties just like that one!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

jay, I have never thought of the potential damage these freebirds might be causing... another task in the jar...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 6 years ago

Do you have a task jar Chris?  I haven't heard of one of those in a while!  Good for you if so!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Everyone needs a home. The favorite place I find a lot is on top of the deck support beam. I saw four or five nests on one the other day. It was a bird apartment complex. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 6 years ago

Jim - we have a spot under our deck that a robin, perhaps the same robin, nests every year.  The same nest is used over and over.  My daughter looks through the decking cracks to keep track of the eggs.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

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