Nothing like a bit of bad news to deflate a bubble of unchecked excitement over owning real estate. In this case, the news in question concerns the structural integrity of the house that I’ve recently inherited from my late great aunt (I’m her youngest relative, and therefore the most deserving recipient, apparently).
I knew the joint was a bit ramshackle as soon as I laid eyes on it – evidently, it had been left basically untouched for at least a decade. Still, I figured it was nothing that some high-intensity weeding and de-cobwebbing couldn’t fix. But the results of the termite inspection say otherwise – from what the report says, it’s got to be one of the worst infestations in all of Berwick. Pest control and inspections are not something to be put off until you die, if you intend to do your offspring a favour. That’s the moral of the story, people.
Given this termite infestation, on top of the issue with the roof, it’s starting to seem like the best option might be to demolish the old heap of junk and start from scratch. An empty property is nothing to be sniffed at, after all – lots of people I know would kill for that. But it’s not as easy as coming at it with a wrecking ball, Miley Cyrus style. For all I know, the place has heritage protections on it. It certainly looks old enough to qualify.
I don’t mean to sound ungrateful. I’m getting something pretty cool for nothing, after all. It’s just that I don’t have time to be doing things like weighing up extermination and demolition options at the moment. I guess the answer is to call in the professionals… what’s the best pest control company, Mornington readers? I live way out west, so I really have no idea what the go is in the south-east.
I should just accept that this will take time. I’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s going on under all those dusty canvas sheets. I wouldn’t be surprised if the place turned out to be haunted, to top it all off.