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Old 05-21-2010, 11:58 PM   #1
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I am considering purchasing a home that the owner said was uninhatible --- because it was taken over by cats for a few years (yuck) i havent been inside but before i do --- i want to know is it possible to repair such a home or does it need to be demolished and rebuilt? thanks,
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You would likely have to get in there and see for yourself. I would suggest going on a really hot day as that will be when the house will be at it's funkiest. Cat scratching damage should be easy to repair. Cat feces fairly easy to clean up, Cat pee.... not so much.
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Some houses like this are condemned by the Board of Health
No way to tell without seeing the damage



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Well, if the house was unoccupied. Well, occupied by cats. Then you have these things to think of:

Mites - they live on animals and once the animal dies they seek out a new host.

Fleas - they live on animals, as well, but also survive quite comfortably without animals in hibernation (their eggs do, at least).

Urine and Feces - urine of all critters calcifies over time. Meaning that the area will always smell like it no matter what.

Doubtful that the cats did serious physical damage to the home (dogs usually do, though) but exposure to the elements (rain, snow, heat) always does a number.

So. . .it might be possibel to gut it down to it's bare bones and rebuild - treat for fleas and mites and bring it up to a good standard of habitation. But that will take a lot of money and a lot of time.

Might be cheaper to find another slightly more costly to purchase but less to rejuvenate home
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My last house they had cats ....and no litter box
Carpets were all tossed, house fumigated 2x
I would enter, open doors & windows
Outside to breathe, re-enter & put fans on/in the windows for 15-20 minutes
Then I could go inside to work

Drywall was Ok, I did rip the main room walls to the studs to redo
I also eventually gutted & redid the kitchen 100%
All floors were either ripped up to the joists (kitchen & bath), or sanded down with a large drum sander
I spent ~17 days cleaning it before I moved in
Lots of deodorizers/renuzit - the ones you plug into the wall, plus solid ones
But after sanding & staining floors, painting etc you could not smell cat...even on a wet day



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Years ago I used to work with a remodeler and we renovated houses for a local realtor, including some where cats had there way. Toss all the carpet, clean up any mess. Fumigate the house for bugs like already mentioned. Then we would paint everything, walls, ceilings, floors that were getting carpeted, etc. Treat the house like it had a fire and seal everything with paint to get rid of the smell. Then start putting the house back together.
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I've seen a few of these homes over the years and in a few cases the pee has penetrated the subfloor. Nothing will ever get that out, other than replacing the subfloor. Personally I'd run like hell. Nothing will ruin a home (permanently) faster than a bunch of cats.
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It's not just the floors. Ask a vet. A tomcat can spray the ceiling.
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Years ago I used to work with a remodeler and we renovated houses for a local realtor, including some where cats had there way. Toss all the carpet, clean up any mess. Fumigate the house for bugs like already mentioned. Then we would paint everything, walls, ceilings, floors that were getting carpeted, etc. Treat the house like it had a fire and seal everything with paint to get rid of the smell. Then start putting the house back together.
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Most of those sealers like Kilz, are basically just shellac, only shellac is cheaper.
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