Seems a strange question to ponder, but it’s important to consider whether Bats will affect the sale of your home, as it could do. If you have a bat roost in your loft then you must disclose this to anybody interested in your property.
In the UK, bats are a protected species and cannot be moved from their roost very easily so this may pose a problem if a buyer wanted to extend into the loft or do any renovations to the home that may impact the bats. It is against the law to disturb bats and their roosts.
A lot of people would not want to share their home with bats and so it may have an effect on the value of your property when you come to sell it and how easy it is to sell. Although a lot of people in older properties in the UK do happily live with bats in their home, and don’t even notice that they even come in and out.
You may want to get a specialist ecologist to do surveys to figure out what species of bats they are before buying or thinking about renovating part of the property. They will also be able to figure out whether it is a summer or maternity roost, if it is a maternity roost you would have to wait until after the breeding season if you wanted to attempt to stop them returning. Knowning whether it is a small or large colony may be important information as buyers will not want to live with noisy or smelly bats.
Given that most bats are probably seasonal visitors to your home, but them leaving your roost does not mean you can block their access to your roof space, this is why you must seek professional help as I have said above they will be able to advise you on what is best to do.
How to keep Bats out
There are ways you can prevent bats from roosting in your loft in the first place, you should make sure that there are no small points of access for them. Leaving mirrors or Christmas baubles up in your loft may also help to deter them from roosting there as they do not like shiny objects. Another deterrent is to put some eucalyptus oil or cinnamon as these smells often put bats off. Of course there is always the option to keep your loft space always lit up.
If you are looking to buy a property with bats in do think about the fact that the bats will be considered if you put in for any planning permission as you will then have to have a bat survey. If you do not do this then your planning permission may be refused, you will have to cater to the bat colony living within your property. This will be in the form of a bat box or a bat loft, this does however depend on the species as to how access will work.
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