Just was at an inspection today where the client witnessed snakes in the basement in a 2006 mfg home during a showing. He put in oan offer and hired us for the inspection… I hate snakes.
No snakes found on the inside but there were several on the outside (pics 1 & 2) and there was a skin found in the garage (pics 3 &4). The grading was never finished and the egress window drain was not covered. I suspected they came through that drain into the sump crock and then into the basement.
I was in a crawlspace a few years back… saw that the exterior covers for crawlspace were disturbed and typical evidence of pest activity was obvious from opening. Almost said “I’ll come back after it’s been looked at by pest control operator” then I changed my mind as I didn’t want to disappoint anyone… can anyone say “dumb?”
I was under there for awhile and heard the “rattle” noise about 10’ away… and more importantly behind me.
I didn’t take the time to confirm with a flashlight, but the inspection was over under the crawlspace :-).
I then realized after I came out that I had passed/crawled by that area… ugh.
I had also gotten a call about 2 minutes after leaving a job from the client, they said “There was a rattlesnake in the bush less than a foot from where you were standing and talking to us”.
I guess it’s a good day anytime it’s an “almost”!!
Thanks for the link!! I still hate snakes. I’m glad we don’t have many poisoinous ones around our area and even fewer crawl spaces! You should have seen me with our client in the basement :shock:… I don’t think he liked snakes either.
I agree. I used to play with them when I was a kid…That is until one of them had enough of me and latched on to my hand. It did no harm, but it hurt and scared the heck out of me. That was the end of my fun with snakes. I don’t like any more than you do any more.
My afternoon inspec yesterday. The home backed to a large creek (for Colorado) as i was checking out the deck that is ready to collapse, I stepped on a small snake. I quickly stepped back onto another small snake then very quickly tiptoed to the concrete pad for cover. Whoooooooo, no time to grab a photo. The dangers of this job I tell ya!!!