I bought a 20yr old house from the only owners.
Wall to wall wallpaper..
They *did* get new carpet installed from lowes..
the smoke left outlines around the paintings, clocks, candles, etc.
I am slowly removing the wallpaper and painting..
2 coats of Oil base kilz (white pigment) -> then 2 coats of behr flat
paint.. good as new no smoke smell..
I did get the vents cleaned and the carpet fumegated..
Thanks to all who answered. I think the
best thing is to not consider that
house. We did find another house, but
this one has a musty oder apparently
coming from the basement. I have
noticed this in many houses in this area
which is Franklin, NC. Now I have to
look at what can be done with this
new problem. This house had land with
I don't understand this modern approach to homebuying.
Buyers demand "showroom perfect" in the house,
down to the room colors of their choice.
I've seen folks turn down a $150,000 purchase
because it needed a $200 water heater.
Whatever happened to buying a home "as is"
Assuming it's the right neighborhood, the right price,
and there's no major structural problems.....
We always bought a home knowing we'd be painting,
landscaping, and doing some maintenance.
You see that all the time on those real estate shows like
Sell This House. Oh! I don't like this shade of green paint!
Amazes me every time. Hello, is the house laid out the way you
like, is it where you want to live, blah blah, those are things you
look for. A paint color? Give me a break.
Stupid people everywhere.
Exactly. Man, I never would have bought my house, rooms
were painted pumpking orange and bright yellow. Not my
thing. One room had canvas walls with a dark brown animal
print. But the in ground pool was new and everything else was
in working order. Couple of cans of paint and the crazy colors
were gone. Like magic.
90% want move in condition, and are usually buying the absolute most
home they can afford. its a now generation, thats why credit cards
tend to get out of control:(
having spent every last dime they dont have money for even minor
repairs and demand showroom perfect.
I sold a home less than 3 years ago it was a nightmare, home was 60
years old buyer inspector wanted it to meet todays code in all
I don't think it's the buyers that started
the change. I think its that the sellers
started making the mistake of taking the
realtor's advice too seriously. And the
realtor doesn't care if it costs you $3,000
raise the price of the house by $1,000 and
sell it to the third buyer instead of the 9th.
And as long as a significant fraction of
home-sellers are willing to cater to the
slightest dumb-ass whim of the "average"
buyer, that's what said buyer is going to
Yes, you can get rid of the "fairly strong smoking smell" -- hotels and
convention centers do it regularly and effectively. If it were me, I'd use
the odor removal problem as a method of negotiating down the price, rather
than getting the current owner to do the cleaning work, for a lot of
reasons -- among them, the current owner is not goping to be sensitive to
the problem, will look for the least expensive way out, etc., plus since the
odor strength is subjective, I don't know how you'd write a contract that
stipulates the odor has to be removed before closing. The person that has
to be satisfied with the results should be the one paying the bill.
I'd try for either a price reduction, or a rebate ($2K? $5K?) to you to have
the work done. I would also spend some time with the manager of a 4 or 5
star hotel and get the specifics on what they do to remove smoke odors from
their rooms (either meeeting rooms or no-smoking rooms that have been used
by smokers.) As others have suggested, also contact a cleaning company such
as Servpro that handles clean-up after fires. You may want to hire them to
do the smoke smell removal. Regards --
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