Thinking of buying a previous smokers house

Discussion in 'Finance, Property, Law' started by flynavy, Jan 24, 2011.

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  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.
  2. Coat of paint and open the windows, wash/replace the carpets. Job jobbed
  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.
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  4. Boldnotold

    Boldnotold LE Book Reviewer

    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
  6. jim24

    jim24 Book Reviewer

    Buy a steam cleaner, job done
  7. just take up smoking.....
  8. Take up smoking, you'll then have no reason to worry about the smell as you won't be able to smell it.
  9. fresh lemon juice, washing powder and HOT water mixed up
  10. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    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.

  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 . . .