I am moving into my families property that we found out is ABSOLUTLEY FILTHY and poorly taken care of! The renters we had stopped paying rent and were evicted, but anyhow, the home is full of issues, but mainly unclean. So far we are ripping up the carpet and painting, but I am still uneasy, so I was hoping to get some opinions on the best options for cleaning and fixing it up, because my tight budget does not allow for much trial and error.
Insects! I can not live with bugs! There are fleas in the carpet (which we are getting rid of) and I am afraid there is a roach problem, though I did not see any when I was there. We are planning to try to kill off the bugs. So which is better? Borax or Bug bombs? I also read that Boric acid and Borax are not the same thing, some people say they are mostly safe and others say they are very harmful. Any personal experiences?
Spiders! I am terrified of spiders so I don't want them inside, but I am assuming they will be helpful to me on the outside. The house is surrounded with ivy anyhow, so I wouldn't even hope to get rid of these things completely, but I just want to keep them out. Are there any preventative measures you would recommend for inside the home?
Mold There are a few spots in the home that appear to have mold, which I don't want around me or my pets. I was planning on using boric acid and/or bleach to clean it before I move in, but are there any other options I should look into?
Dust, Dirt, Cobwebs The cabinetry and appliances are really dusty and full of webs, I was planning on using a shop vac or something along the sort, but could also use the plain dusting method. Any product suggestions?
Sealants What is the most cost effective way to reseal the home? By which I mean windows seals, glass and the front door and some cracks in walls.
Flooring After getting rid of the carpet, I could either paint the concrete or find a cheap flooring. I obviously don't have the money to polish the concrete, but I'd be willing to consider similar or inexpensive options.
Fencing I have pets that I want to keep in and pests I want to keep out. The area has possums and I want to make sure they don't wander in. Is there any preventative or repellent that you would recommend? Also, I would like to put in a low mesh or fence to keep my dogs away from one part of the yard (that has a lot of foliage and probably bugs. Any inexpensive solutions?
So far I am planning on getting boric acid and/or borax, lysol/frebreeze, bleach and baking soda, so my list has much more to be filled in.
I know it is is a lot, but any help is appreciated. I welcome professional referrals for certain problems if they are not expensive. Thank you!