The unfortunate discovery has led to the couple spending thousands of pounds on the property, in a bid to restore it to a suitable state so they can finally live there
Before you buy a house, there are a few key checks to be carried out – including a homebuyer’s survey.
Although it might feel like you’re shelling out money for something you don’t need, this story will remind you of the importance.
The checks are a good way to avoid forking out thousands after buying the property for repairs you didn’t anticipate.
When Sara Weaver and her husband bought their new home in December 2020, they knew it would need some TLC – but had no idea what awaited them.
Before officially buying it, they didn’t have a homebuyer’s inspection, as the current owner’s had been pretty clear on what the home’s issues were.
Built in 1872, the farmhouse on the outskirts of Philadelphia seemed a steal – it was in the catchment area they desired and was actually affordable.
Before they bought, the owner disclosed that there were bees living in the walls – but in the dead of winter, that didn’t seem a big problem.
Sara admits that they didn’t think it would be “that big an issue” but with hindsight, that was an unfortunate assumption to make.
Speaking to CNN, the couple revealed they discovered a mammoth 450,000 honey bees were living inside the walls – and it’s estimated they’d been there for 35 years.
Sara said: “On the seller’s disclosure it said ‘bees in wall’ and that was it.
“I think because one, we didn’t see them and two, we were just so floored that we actually found land in the [school] district that was within our price range that I didn’t really ask any questions about those bees.”
In the winter months, the family didn’t really notice anything suspicious, but it became clear there was an issue when spring arrived.
Describing the grimy condition of the property, Sara continued: “It was so dirty and now that I’m thinking about it, I originally thought it was dirt on the windows that I cleaned but it was probably honey because there were drip marks.”
So far, the couple has spent more than £8,000 having the bees removed and reconstructing the property.
They’re currently renting it out to tenants but hope to move back into their family home in the future.
They hired beekeeper Allan Lattanzi who says he was approached by the old owners, who decided to sell the property due to the mammoth job needed to remove them.
Allan has moved the bees to his farm, Yerkes Honey Farm, and says he was only stung five times during the process.
He said: “Normally when I pull a slate tile off a house I’m instantaneously covered in very defensive bees attacking me, but most of these girls were pretty docile.