Selling residences and commercial buildings is an already complicated process, as you well know. Until recently, the only insect issues that realtors had to be concerned about were wood-destroying insects, such as termites and carpenter ants. Now, add to that the risk of a building being infested with bed bugs and the process can become a nightmare. This page is offered as a list of practical tips and resources to assist realtor in maintaining their success with selling developed properties, despite the threat of bed bugs.
Unless a realtor has had experience with bed bugs, there is little way of knowing if a structure is infested with these insects, whether the living and work spaces are occupied or vacant and cleaned, at the time of prospect walk-through. Current occupants may not know they have a bed bug problem or they may hide this fact. Therefore, the responsibility of discovering bed bug infestations is in your court. Certainly, there are many resources already available to you via this Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force website, but the questions and answers that follow will help to speed your efforts.