Meadowood Flip by Brad Bone
We bought the Meadowood house in mid June from a lady who desperately needed to sell. Her house had likely never been cleaned in the past 30 years, it was filled with cat urine stains and cat hair. The odor had a smell the punched you in the throat when you walked in the front door. The house was absolutely disgusting and I’m amazed that this lady was even living in these conditions. She needed a fresh start and just wanted out.
We agreed on a purchase price and started the trash out in early summer. We ripped out all the urine-soaked carpet, and removed much of the rotten drywall and baseboard. We had to pressure wash the garage floor several times and finally got most of the smell out. We were fortunate that the roof was fairly new so we didn’t need to do anything with it.
We also used an odor destroying enzyme solution to try to get rid of the smell. Once the house was trashed out, we used Sherwin Williams Shellac primer on the ceiling, walls, and floors to seal in the remaining odor. We then did our normal cosmetic upgrades including replacing countertops, floors, interior and exterior painting, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, etc.
We finally got the house listed and received a full price offer within a week and it closed in the middle of November. This turned out to be a great flip. It was challenging dealing with the odor and that was the single most important problem to solve with this house.