Those that have been following our housing escapades know it’s been one adventure after another….selling our house with plans to move overseas, overseas plans falling through, moving into an RV, building a tiny house, moving into an apartment, then out of the apartment. And now the housing adventure continues. We bought a house!
You may be thinking ‘Yeah, but didn’t you just move into an apartment and blogged about it?’ Yes, yes we did. But as many of you know, I have severe OCD, and my OCD and apartments didn’t mesh well together. So where to go after that? We are still paying rent space on our RV, and it’s okay for temporary housing, like in between moves, but I just couldn’t fathom making it a permanent solution to our housing needs. So the decision was made to buy a house…. something Aaron and I vowed to never do again. That wasn’t the only vow we made…. we agreed that after two fixers, we would never move into another one. So we not only bought a house, but we bought one that needs a bit of help. Lol.
The house is not a pit, not by any means, but it also hasn’t been updated since it was built in 2003. And when I say hasn’t, I mean not at all. Everything is an original 2003 install, but left over ‘builder grade’ from the 90’s (when you see the hallway lights in a future post, you’ll understand what I mean). The dated interior is made 10 times worse by the fact that the previous owner didn’t care to maintain the house, which means it’s filthy, stinks, has some rot, mold and the already cheap materials couldn’t holdup under their serious lack of care.
The house had been a ‘dog house’, you know the kind, where you can smell the dog pee just walking up to the front door. Once inside, the smell was 100% worse. I actually had to wear a mask the smell was enough to make me gag.
During the home buying process Aaron got to actually meet the dog. He was a big boy, so lots of pee. Knowing that the stink was mostly in the carpet, our first day in the house we pulled it all up. Look away if stains turn your stomach – these photos have not been retouched lol….
Oh, and that grimy looking area on the right side of the wall in the above ^ photo….yeah, that’s not a shadow. Some of the walls had a dirty, oily, ick where the dog rubbed against the wall. Those areas on the walls smelled like wet dog 🙁
The carpet pad had turned from a bright pink to a grimy pinkish-grey….
The carpet pad was old and didn’t have that plastic skin to keep stains from soaking into the subfloor. So you guessed it, foul smelling pee stains everywhere….
We then painted on a primer with stain blocking, as the large stains were over every bit of sub floor, we just painted the entire thing….
Aaron said that 98% of the odor was trapped in the carpet and padding, because once we pulled it all out, the smell was almost completely gone. A couple of days with all the windows open, along with me washing down walls with diluted white vinegar, and painting the sub floor with a stain blocker, no more dog pee stink!
I told Aaron the other day as I was ripping out some trim, I feel like every time I take down some part of this house, I can almost hear the house breathe a sigh of relief, like a woman letting out the ties of her corset lol. There are a zillion projects lined up for this poor home, and as we will be sharing our house adventure through this blog, be sure to visit often 🙂