I have looked at a few houses to flip and they are decent deals. That is at least until you go there and open up the house and the entire home reeks of urine. Have any of you purchased homes like this? What was the outcome? Or costs to remove the smells? What extents did you have to go to in order to remove the smells? Lastly was it worth the hassles? Thank you in advance!
I have been working on a rehab and we removed all the carpet and padding in the house. We also replaced the plywood in several spots where the pet urine had saturated the floor. this has really helped.
We had a really bad situation that was more than likely intentional animal urine spraying from the previous (evicted) owners. We had to remove all flooring AND sub flooring, as well as all sheetrock. Then everything was sprayed with Kilz oil-based primer, before new subfloor and sheetrock was installed. And it worked! Except for ONE closet where my lazy contractor thought he could get away with leaving the sheetrock. Had to go back and do that at the end of the job! Again, this was REALLY bad, so you may not have to go that far. Overall, Kilz original (oil-based) stops everything.
Also - don't forget duct work if it was already present. Any decent HVAC company can give the ducts a clean out.
When you are looking at these homes, try to determine what kind of pet, cat or dog. Cats typically spray urine on the walls. A home that has been abused by cats may need the dry wall replaced to about the 4 foot mark off the floor. You will have to replace the flooring with either pet, but cats often add additional expense. This should help with your cost estimation if you keep this in mind.
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Thank you all for the great information. That cat litter post is quite insane. Very interesting
Kilz. Absolutely. for dog pee--Pull up the carpet, pour it out 1-2 of cups kilz at a time, use a roller on a long pole, bare feet or flip-flops. Done.
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