Ownership changes can complicate the bat removal process. Removing bats from a home can take time - sometimes 6 months. And, we are often contacted to remove bats when a ownership change is imminent. Ownership changes will end our contract prematurely. We have established this policy to clarify our position on this matter.
We work with property owners as our single point of contact. If you are a Realtor representing the homeowner for a sale, we will only discuss our services with the homeowner directly.
If you are purchasing a home with bats it can be stressful. Understand that it is quite common for bats to live inside attics in SE Michigan. Often, financial allowances are negotiated between buyers/sellers and the project is completed after the sale by a company of the buyers choice. Ultimately, it is up to buyers/sellers to decide for themselves the strategy that is the best fit for them.
Here is how we handle changes in home ownership:
If you are selling a home, and are a customer, understand that a sale will end our contract. We must be notified of an impending sale. Our contract is always with the homeowner because we need to work with the person that has authority to modify the home. When a home is sold, our contract ends prematurely because our customer no longer has any authority over the home.
People move for a variety of reasons. While we try our best to accommodate these transactions, we must operate under a contract and cover the added expenses of conducting the inspection. To be good stewards to our industry & the public, we want to educate a new homeowner on the behavior of bats. If you move in the middle of the project, and our expectations are aligned with the new owners, we recommend that the new owners hire us under the extended warranty program. If we are a good fit with each other, we will enter into the extended warranty program for 1 year for the purposes of completing the project. In order to qualify in future years for extended warrany, certain condictions must be met per contract.
Please be aware, that payment for the extended warranty MUST be from the our (new) customer, the buyer. If you are a seller, please work this out with your buyer by escrowing funds, paying them directly, or simply letting them know that they will be responsible for paying for this service. We can not hold funds for you.
Please be aware that we work with property owners as our point of contact. If you are a Realtor representing the homeowner for a sale, we will only discuss our services with the homeowner directly.
Customers who have had a bat exclusion in the past:
If you are planning to sell your home and want to determine if it is bat free, the process starts by contacting us as much as 6 months prior to sale - or during the summer. Bats are only active during the summer, and evaluating new bat activity could take a couple months. Bat hide, and determining their presence relies on discovering new droppings or listening for scratching noises. We don't live in your home to listen for noises. For these reasons, we can not determine if a home is bat free during one inspection. It is a process that takes time.
Having bats in an attic is quite common in SE Michigan. Home inspectors may discover droppings in your attic space. Buyers will have concerns, and will want to understand the potential problem. How do you know if the home is bat free or not? If there is droppings in your attic, how old are they? Has there been any new activity? These are concerns that can be documented over a period of time through our extended warranty program and the use of indicators.