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HOME INSPECTION
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  1. 2)Walls and ceilings coated with a sealer and repainted. It may be necessary to lightly clean some surfaces first, to remove any surface oils/grease. We recommend Zinsser’s B-I-N shellac-based primer/sealer as a first coat to keep any odors from penetrating the final coats of paint.

  2. 3)Throughly clean all hard surfaces, such as kitchen cabinets, windows, blinds, and plumbing fixtures. Ammonia or a stain and odor removal product with an oxidizing agent is recommended.

  3. 4)Replace light bulbs.

  4. 5)Use a filter at the air conditioner that has a layer of activated charcoal, such as the 3M Filtrete Odor Reduction Filter, set the fan at “ON” to run continuously, and change filter frequently until odor is gone.

   Don’t get burnt. Be sure to allow for both the expense of the cleaning and also the lost time that the house cannot be occupied while the smoke odor is being mitigated when you negotiate the purchase price, otherwise any  savings will go up in smoke.


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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