Thinking of buying a previous smokers house

#1
Me and the wife are thinking of buying a house but it looks and smells like the previous owner was a smoker, the walls and roofs are orange. Is there an easy solution to removing it and the smell?
as we are keen on this property.
 

jarrod248

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#3
The smoke rises so you need to chisel off all the plaster, remove floorboards and loft insulation, all ceilings and joists will need replacing. The smoke may have seeped into the brick so might be an idea to have them replaced too. Pop them back together bit of paint, job jobbed.
 

Boldnotold

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#4
What they said plus scrub plastic light switches, ceiling roses, etc. with Cif (other cream scourers are available).

Also if there are any fitted wardrobes, leave the doors open, and add lavender bags or other scented items to get the smell out before putting your own clothes / linen in them. Likewise leave kitchen cupboards open for a while and give them a good scrub.

Don't buy their curtains, or if you do, have them cleaned.

Edited to add 'they' doesn't include jarrod's ideas, obviously!
 
#5
smoking is a horrible habit. I would demolish the house, and excavate a crater at lease 3 metres deep where the house once stood and cart away the contaminated soil. then and only then should you re build and move in once an exorsicm has been carried out
 
#8
Take up smoking, you'll then have no reason to worry about the smell as you won't be able to smell it.
 

Auld-Yin

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#10
Buy another fecking house - there are plenty on the market.

If your heart is set on that particular pile of bricks, use their smoking do bring down the tab (see wot I done there :) )
 
#11
The biggest problem is getting the ceilings to stay white after you re-paint them.

Don't just go with generic interior paint, buy some that is specifically made to go over fag smoke covered paint otherwise you will find yourself repainting the ceiling a good few times over the next couple of months as the yellow nicotine stains start showing through.

Ask me how I know this.

As for the rest of the house - clean, chuck out soft furnishings of any sort, remove all wall paper if possible and then redecorate the place.

Or as mentioned above just take up smoking and you won't notice a thing.
 
#12
You could also hire in a cleaning company to give it a go over. If the house is empty they should be able to give it a good going over and wet wash the carpets as well. I would suggest using one of the crime scene cleaning firms, as they get blood out of everything when they clean, getting rid of cig smoke should be a easy for them.

TPBD
 
#13
Try to negotiate for them to have it cleaned professionally prior to hand-over. If not, you could provide some quotes from specialist cleaners and ask that the cost be knocked off the agreed price.
 
#14
Drive the ******* price down by a few grand for a start.
 
#15
It works every time . . .

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#16
Did this a good few years ago very similar situation by the sounds of it.

Don't whatever you do strip the wall paper with a steamer, unless your prepared for rivers of nicotine running down you walls.

I started it then stopped and employed a professional couldn't stand it after I'd stripped one room.

other than that all the advice above
 

Ravers

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#18
I used to work as a property assessor and most of my job involved going into homes, many of which had been smoked in or worse still, had dead people lying in for weeks.

You could instantly tell a death house because the estate agents would have chucked loads of pusser's issue Neutradol air fresheners around the place. The estate agents would usually remove the Neutradols prior to showing people around, but the air freshener smell would always linger.

So if you ever view an empty house that stinks of the shower block back on base, avoid it. More than likely it has either been used as a smoking den or a dead old granny has been putrefying in one of the bedrooms for a few weeks.
 
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Boozy

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#19
smoking is a horrible habit. I would demolish the house, and excavate a crater at lease 3 metres deep where the house once stood and cart away the contaminated soil. then and only then should you re build and move in once an exorsicm has been carried out
A person after my own heart! I would make the crater deeper though and have 3 exorcisms not 1.
 
#20
Ignore it and buy half a dozen Old English Sheepdogs. Make sure they are out three times a day, allowing them their freedom of choice to roll where they like, especially any mud not of a narural colour. In a couple of weeks you won't notice the nicotine.
 

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