I knew he was there. Evidence of him was all over this cellar.
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.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560