Not sure if everyone has heard our carpeting situation so here it is...all carpeting throughout the house is gone. As first time home buyers, we were so excited to find a house and become homeowners, the thought of needing to replace carpeting did not enter our minds. The previous owners did have two dogs but our cats always did well in new places and traveling so we thought nothing of it. Wrong!!! After returning home from two weeks of visiting family up north...a strange smell took over the house (nothing strong...just different). Weeks of trying to clean the carpets with vinegar and baking soda did nothing to help the situation. The cats were not the same in this new house as our old home in 29 Palms, CA.
After opening Pandora's box with a newly purchased black light...with a nearly broken toe... Tina started taking up the tack strips around the edge of every room. A few days later, the carpeting and pads were pulled up and placed outside at the end of the driveway. Now, with new carpet remnants in the living room and Olivia's room, the cats are out of their 6 week jail cell (the front bathroom) and acting normal again. To top everything off...the strange smells are gone!
The only thing left to do is figure out what type of flooring to put down again. Now that we are forced to change the flooring, we might try to improve on the value of the house...if budgeting allows.