Mice have a horrible reputation as houseguests go. Most of the time we don’t even know they’re around unless we happen upon their little brown rice-shaped droppings. Not good.
Some rural homeowners learn to live with the possibility of finding mice in the house. Remember this when scoping out investment properties. They’re pretty much inevitable if the building you’re considering is in the country, forest or woods.
Big city dwellings are most vulnerable to a larger variety of rodent—RATS! Some cities have a greater number of rats per capita than their human populations.
Even if you don’t see a mouse or rat on your own inspection of the property, it doesn’t mean you’ll have to deal with an infestation after you buy the property.
City suburbs or country, be sure to check for evidence of rodents before you invest. You want to be in the know before you buy. The last thing you want is to find yourself eye to eye with a furry little critter after you sign the contract.
How can you determine if rodents invaded the investment property you’re looking at? There are actually several ways. The first thing you should do is be able to tell the difference between a mouse and a rat. If you aren’t sure, it’s easy to confuse a baby rat for a mouse.
A young rat’s body is smaller than both its head and feet. Its face is stubby and its nose wide. The body of a mouse is more in proportion with its body. It’s slim and its head appears sharper angled.
Even if you don’t see a mouse or rat on your own inspection of the property, it doesn’t mean you’ll have to deal with an infestation after you buy the property. Once your trusted inspector enters the picture, they will usually be able to tell right away if the property is infested with rodents.