Bugs in real estate
Real estate professionals have many roles, including appointment scheduler, contract guide, process explainer, house preparer, open house director, map reader, data analyst, negotiation guru, and on and on. I can now add a new function, that of an entomologist! An entomologist is one who studies bugs. Yesterday, I had to demonstrate my skill (or lack thereof).
I was showing a multi-family house, and my client opened the door to an outside storage area. With my first glance inside, I said, “EWWWW,” followed by, “GASP, Oh my, look at those spiders!” There were large black spiders ALL OVER that room – on the ceilings, the walls, the floors. I had a major heeby-jeeby moment; this was the stuff of nightmares.
My client agreed and we started slowly backing away and swinging the door shut with fingertips, until we looked a little closer. Phew! We found they were not spiders at all, but tons of crickets. I think you can see from these pictures, that they can look very similar at first glance.
So I failed at my first major entomology project, but you can bet the next time, I’ll know the difference. But I can also say, I’m staying out of any room that has more than one bug. I have my limits.