IDK…at some point you just gotta give in and say I’m so not in control of all this… So next time you see bee’s swarming around the top of a 100 year old river rock chimney, (yeah, I know, we all go looking for that) say to yourself…I wonder what that means.?
The answer…is that you have a colony of honey making bees in your chimney making you all kinds of sweet delicious golden honey. Not so bad right?…Well, that’s what made this number seven in my top ten craziest flips.
Bees can show up in the strangest places and just start building a hive and that’s what they did here at my Columbia street flip. Apparently, the bees made such a huge honey comb, that the only way to get rid of it was to bust it out of our charming authentic river rock chimney or worst tear down the entire chimney, which wasn’t an option since it was part of why I purchased the house in the first place.
We did have to have a bee keeper douse the critters and stop the hive from growing further, but the down side was that they had done so much damage that the chimney was too costly to salvage. The only other problem was that it was one of the main characteristics the buyer wanted in the home. I had to sell the house with part of my staging inventory to satisfy the sale. But let’s just say that buzzing bees in any part of my flipping future just doesn’t sound all that sweet!
This post is written by (me) Don Gilmartin in order to inspire the DIY, design & flipping community. As CEO and founder of Fliptechs I have over 20 years of design, construction, and real estate, experience to share