People sometimes call for specific reasons, or asking me to solve particular problems.
This home has an attic space with lots of birds. It's a regular Birdville.
Although I explained that they could probably walk around the house and see for themselves where the birds might be getting in, they wanted me to come anyway.
I was intrigued and thought this might be fun.
What I found was an attic space smiling at all the birds - a so-called wing and a prayer.
This opening is a virtual landing strip!
They could get that neon sign at the big-box store that says OPEN and put it up beside that window!
The birds apparently come and go at will now.
Honestly, I didn't need to go inside.
Showing them this photograph was proof enough!
Step 1: Shoo away the birds.
Step 2: Seal up the gap.
It's plastic soffit material that has come loose. The birds are praying it stays that way!
There! Another problem solved! Well, it wasn't exactly a hard one. But still...
I turned, got in my car and drove off, into the cloudy day (no sunset). With a wing and a prayer.
My recommendation: home inspectors can be available for specific jobs. They may or may not be able to solve the problem, but they will give it their best shot. You can't always get what you want, but if you try, sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560