I wonder how much bat control I need. We’re buying a house, and the inspection turned up an attic full of bat feces. Bat droppings are all over the place, but we haven’t been able to find a single bat in the attic, or anywhere else in the place.
I really love this house. I researched the area with my agent, and we’re in a really good school district, we’re within walking distance to the grocery store and other shopping areas, it’s a quiet neighborhood with other kids who are close in age to my own two children, and the house itself is perfect for us. After my divorce, we agreed to sell our old house and split the proceeds. Of course, some child support came from my husband’s portion, but other than that, it was even-steven. I was happy to get out of that old house, anyway. It held too many bad memories for me, and the neighbors had been really good friends of both me and my husband. It was getting awkward to see them or chat with them, because they either sided with my husband, or spoke badly of him in front of my kids, or they just looked at me with pity. I had to get out and get a fresh start. So, even though we ended up moving into this much smaller home, it is the perfect size for the three of us, and a new neighborhood, new job and new school for the kids were just what we needed.
The house is small, but it still has enough bedrooms and bathrooms to make all of us happy. I love the style of it, too. It has kind of a French country feel to it. I was honest with my agent when we were putting in a bid. I really, really wanted this house. Of course, I also really, really needed it to be within my price range.
So, when the inspection turned up a few issues, like the fact that the house needed bat control, my agent and I decided to use it as a negotiation aid. I’d pay for the bat control if the seller would pay closing costs. The seller accepted, and we are scheduled to close on the home in a little over a week.
I’ve been calling around for bat control quotes, and finally settled on Allstate Animal Control. They are nation-wide and have contractors right here. Plus, they will clean up and sanitize the attic in addition to the bat control. The guy I talked to was really knowledgeable about the bats in our area, and had some good guesses about which kind of bats had roosted up there. He also told me that, when they came out to do the bat control and clean-up, he’d inspect the home, remove any bats he finds, and seal up the entrance-points. All for one very reasonable fee. I was really impressed with their bat control knowledge.
Now, I just have to focus on packing everything up, closing on the new home, and moving me and the kids in. Fresh starts are wonderful, especially right after a difficult time.