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Old 06-16-2010, 03:45 PM
 
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I'm selling my house and my realtor is telling me that the swallow nest (mud) on my front porch is a major problem. The nest is up toward the top and away from the door opening. We keep the area below it very clean and the birds are not aggressive. Also, the bugs are pretty much non-existent now so I'm not convinced. This is not an overly fancy home (listing at $140k).

I'd like other's opinions on this. Please weigh in on this and let me know. Yes, there are eggs in the nest right now.
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Old 06-16-2010, 03:51 PM
 
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As long as whoever shows the house explains that then I see no problem. My parents had one on their house, so I may be partial. I can see how some people would be a little put off by the nest, but IMO what you’re doing is great.
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Old 06-16-2010, 03:56 PM
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Swallows eat bugs. Having a nest of them should be a plus! Your house has a built-in mosquito-removal system.

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Swallows eat mainly flying insects, including mosquitoes and other harmful species, so people benefit from swallows being around.
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Old 06-16-2010, 04:00 PM
 
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Anyone looking at the house may see it. The realtor wants the place perfect. However, it's a plus to have a swollows nest on the porch. They eat bugs and you keep it clean. Your being humane in not killing the eggs. If a potential purchaser wants the nest removed, tell them to do it when they buy the house.
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Old 06-16-2010, 04:05 PM
 
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Old 06-16-2010, 04:09 PM
 
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As an avid birder, I would probably want to fire a realtor for even suggesting that! We have 4 baby wrens on our porch about to fledge any day, and I appreciate all of the bugs their mom finds for them. No buyer with any sense would care about a bird nest.
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Old 06-16-2010, 07:41 PM
 
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As a Realtor, it's a pain, because most of the time one is there, there's a lovely black and white mural directly underneath it and it can get pretty nasty. In a market with a lot of inventory, you want to make sure your home has absolutely NO negatives if at all possible, because buyers are very fickle. The front door is the first and last thing they see, so you don't want them turned off.

If you can commit to it, hose the porch and wall down EVERY morning before you leave, and before showings if you can. I understand you not wanting to kill the birds and it's commendable, but just make sure to keep it INCREDIBLY clean.
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Old 06-16-2010, 07:48 PM
 
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another thought...mama bird is probably going to get a little territorial once those babies hatch. We had a nest over our front door as well and it was like a bad Hitchcock movie every time we had to enter or exit the house.

And I wouldn't be crazy about the sight of that nest if I was a buyer so I understand the realtor's comments.
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Old 06-16-2010, 08:07 PM
 
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Right now all they do is sit on the gutter just past the entry and talk to me when I go out. No aggression yet. How long are they in the nest once they hatch?

We water the flowers morning and night and rinse off the wall and pavement constantly so we have that covered.
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Old 06-16-2010, 08:16 PM
 
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Not sure about here in SA or Texas...but I know when we lived in Alaska, the swallows were protected and we weren't allowed to spray down the nests off our houses if there were eggs or babies in them.
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