I don't know about the rest of the world, but my tolerance for distressed properties is very high. Missing plumbing, filth, garbage houses, rodent infestation, roach infestation, most any gruesome thing you can imagine would be a house I would consider for fixing and placing back on the market. The line stops with snakes. Nope, if the house is full of snakes and they don't look like they're moving out, I'm outta there!
Since reptiles are a protected species, one cannot just fumigate them and sweep them up like you can roaches. Rodents? Call Ron's Rodent Rooter or Scurry Away and for a minimal fee they're gone. But snakes are protected. If they've chosen your house as their abode, you either relocate them, which isn't particularly easy because too far away puts them in the wrong habitat where they'll die and too close will encourage them to come back; or you move out! Well, I suppose one could co-habitate as well. Crocodile Dundee I am not. Nope, I'm not sharing my body heat with any snakes.
This is one owner's plan for dealing with a snake house: "They sent a videotape of the house, their children and, of course, the snakes to the producers of "Extreme Home Makeover," in hopes the television show would send its decorators in for a filmed renovation." Read the entire story here.
My plan would be: next!
Thanks to Steven Hong, a ReMax agent here in Minneapolis, Minnesota for finding this article on snakes.