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Andrew Caton is passionate about two things - Real Estate and the Greater Hamilton, Ontario area including Hamilton Mountain, Stoney Creek, Ancaster, Dundas and Waterdown. Through the blog we hope to share the best of our city as well as provide timely and helpful real estate advice - whether you're buying or selling a home.
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Adventures in Real Estate - Episode 1 - The One With the Fleas

A few years ago the office I was working for had a contract to sell homes that the bank had "reposessed". To list the home, I needed to take photos and then recommend the repairs that were needed to bring it up to selling standard. After visiting one such property, I decided that there wasn't that much that needed to be done ... just a few patches on the wall and cleaning of the carpets. I was headed back over the Skyway bridge when my hand started to itch. Not thinking anything of it, I scratched and continued on listening to the radio. Only problem was the "itch" just wouldn't go away. I looked down at my hand to see a flea. I flicked it away, but then wondered where it had come from. I looked down at my pants to find they were just covered in the little critters. I immediately called my wife.

"We're at Defcon 1 here!", I said.
"What's wrong?", my wife asked.
"Did you say fleas?"
"Oh my" was all my wife could say.

I told her to have a garbage bag ready when I drove into the garage. I had heard that if you put your clothes into the freezer, it would kill the fleas and then you could then have the clothes cleaned.

Driving into the garage, I jumped out of the car. I stood there in front of my wife who looked me over. "Oh ya, you are covered" she said, ever the pillar of calm. Stripping down in my garage I put the clothes into the garbage bag and ran up the stairs into our shower.

I guess I wasn't fast enough as I ended up having to get the my carpets, the car, and my clothes cleaned.

I also recommended that the bank have the house fumigated, which they did.

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