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  1. #1
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    Default Waterblaster inside

    My lovely partner and I are about to buy the stinkiest house I've ever been in, as a do-up, buy and hold!

    The person living in it has had a menagerie of cats, rats, dogs and birds living inside (as well as a teenage son)!!! You could smell the house from the road when parking outside.

    Anyway, said lovely partner thinks we should take the water blaster inside to clean the house out (obviously we'll be ditching the carpet and curtains).

    I suspect this will cause more mess than it'll clean up... what do you guys think? Anyone else tried it.

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    I'd be concerned about moisture damage.

    xris

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    I'm with Xris here, bad idea..

    I have been in this situation before.

    Go to Mitre 10 and get yourself a 5 - 10 litre sprayer, then go to a supermarket and get a few bottles of Janola, or The Warehouse as they have the best price around $2.90 for the big bottle. Get some saftey glasses, overalls and a mask. You can water down the Janola as it is quite strong, about 50/50, then go hard. (open up windows and doors)

    I done this on a few places and was shocked when I returned, some walls and ceilings didn't need painting as they looked brand new.

    Great if you are replacing flooring.

    This is also great for the external of a house, although a small area should be tried first as it is harsh on the paint.

    This was a tip from Ron a couple of years ago.
    This method won't kill any cockroaches, they seem to be able to survive!

    Cheers

    Glenn
    "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance"

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    The waterblaster gets my vote.

    If you do suffer some water damage, you can always dry the house out with a flamethrower.

    Paul.

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    Most large towns will have a cleaning supplies outlet that services the professional cleaners industry. I buy most of my stuff from there. You can usually buy in bulk and save some money - spray and wipe in 5L bottles. Also most of the equipment they sell is of a reasonable quality and will last more than one afternoon.

    Cleaning is one of those jobs any private LL can do and save a lot of money. (If the tenant's paying and you're getting your money back via the TT then you may choose to let professional cleaners in though.)

    I believe, however, that every so often a property will benefit from a thorough scrub down, just to waken it up, and this cannot really be a task dumped on tenants, who only have to leave the place reasonably neat and tidy. In many ways it is similar to repainting a room or two - the effect is very, very, cost effective.

    xris
    Last edited by xris; 21-05-2007 at 02:00 PM.

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    I know a professional trader who swears by the waster blaster inside method. He just uses it around the windows though to get all that gritty grime in the channels of aluminium windows.
    Carpets get replaced after and walls repainted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banana View Post
    obviously we'll be ditching the carpet and curtains
    I suspect that ditching the carpet and curtains will remove a very large portion of the smell anyway. They probably absorb and hold onto the smell more than the other harder surfaces.

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    Depending on the condition of the walls, it could well be worth ripping out the wall linings and re-lining with nice fresh Gib.

    That will give you the change to insulate the external walls.

    Paul.

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    I agree with several of the above comments.

    Sometimes a property looks beyond redemtion, but when you get down to it matters are not as bad as they seem. The carpet story of Andrew's is so very true. Remove a smelly, flea infested, filthy and torn carpet from the entire house and you've reduced the problem by a third. Remove the 30 year old oven and drapes reduces it to a half. Then a thorough scrub up inside and out, a weekend in the garden brings it down to a third. and to finish off, repainting, or stripping and painting takes it down again to 20%, and liveable by anyone's standards.

    The final 20% can be dealt with by replacing light switches, windows, light shades and so on.

    at this point you effectively have a property only 5% worsr than brand new.

    An exaggeration perhaps, but you get my drift...

    xris

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperDad View Post
    The waterblaster gets my vote.

    If you do suffer some water damage, you can always dry the house out with a flamethrower.

    Paul.
    And clear those tenacious spiderwebs away with a stick of dynamite.


 

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