We just bought an 1979 brick home in the country, and I don't believe it was ever remodelled, except for pipes and electrical. The people who lived in the house before were so filthy, I can't even begin to tell you what horrible filth they were living in!!!!!!
There were roaches everywhere, even dried up roaches stuck in the doorways, dried up roach droppings inside wallpaper and behind every single nail where they apparantly had pictures hanging. We are not currently living in the house (thank God!
), but getting close to making it liveable, so we can move in by the end of this month. The exterminator visited the house once and is scheduled to visit it again in a week or so, we spread Boric Acid in the corner of every room to help get rid of the bugs and slowly begin to see less and less bugs. We put a primer coat on every wall, tore out old lenoleum, wall paper and carpet. We can't afford to do everything at once, like completely replacing every toilet and bathtub in the house, and will have to do some of the work slowly, as long as everything is clean. Before moving in, new pergo flooring and carpet will be put in the house and the filthy kitchen cabinets will be repainted with oil-based paint. My concern is the smell we are still assaulted with every time we come into the house. It's not horrible, but bad enough. It's just one of those typical older dirty home smells. I am wondering if new flooring and paint will be enough to completely be rid of it. Is there anything else we can do to get the house to smell clean again? Right now, every time we come home after a day of work there, our clothes smell.
Would hate to start smelling this way every day after we move in.
Any suggestions? Thanks.