We saw a house for sale, but the cat odor was horrific. How difficult is it to remove cat odor from a house?

Asked by Liza, New York Tue Sep 4, 2012

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Peter Mohyls…, Agent, Destin, FL
Tue Sep 4, 2012
Was that your dream house? The effort probably is more than it's worth.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Sun Sep 9, 2012

Odor removal, whether smoke, filth, animal etc. required a comprehansive approach involving an airing, deep cleaning, painting, rug removal or cleaning, drapery cleaning or removal, HVAC duck cleaning etc.

Cleansing a property can be done but usually involves a process that includes steps/stages taken until the desirable level is reached. Contacting a local damage restoration to determine the extent of their recommendation may be helpful.

Good luck,

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Scott Hulen, , 64068
Sun Sep 9, 2012
It’s about 3-4 dollars per sq. ft. to replace all flooring in the home & paint the floors with kilz. Then add the cost to paint the interior of the home at about 1.5-2 dollars per sq. ft. If they have an unfinished basement throw in a bleach treatment at about 300-500 dollars. So if you have a 2000 sq. ft. home with an unfinished basement about 10,000 dollars but on the upside you get new flooring & paint.
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Judi Monday,…, Agent, Green Valley, AZ
Sat Sep 8, 2012
It's not easy but if the home is what you want then it may be worth the effort. In one of my listings the cat odor was so bad, the owner had to remove all of the floor coverings, treat the slab and then tile the house. Total cost was about $7,000 but after sitting on the market for several years due to the odor, it is now under contract.
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Carla Pennin…, Agent, Georgetown, TX
Tue Sep 4, 2012
Thanks for asking the question because I've wondered the same thing. I'm watching the answers! We had a problem once with pet odors, and when we replaced the carpet they treated the concrete. It went away.
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Joan Lorberb…, Agent, Boca Raton, FL
Tue Sep 4, 2012
I was working with a couple who were considering buying a home with an extremely strong noxious cat odor in two of the bedrooms. It happened that the couple's daughter and son-in-law were franchise owners of a national professional remediating company that specializes in treating and removing of mold, water and fire/smoke,etc. damage. They went to the home with us and said the odor could be removed. The remediation would include removing carpet,padding and then treating the concrete. They also said it would be necessary to run air scrubbers for several days.

My advice to you would be to call in and consult with a national company such as Puroclean to hear what they advise.

Good luck!

Broker Associate, GRI
Lang Realty
9858 Clint Moore Road
Boca Raton, FL 33496
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Michael Parks, Agent, Las Vegas, NV
Tue Sep 4, 2012
We had a client a year ago who had over 18 cats. She fell ill and had to be placed into an assisted living community. Before placing the home on the market I had my very best carpet cleaning company attempt to salvage the carpets (which were in good shape aside from the cat odor). After trying an extensive carpet cleaning we had to finally change the carpets & pad. We may have been able to just change the pad and have the carpet cleaned, but we decided it would be more cost effective to just replace everything rather than take any chances with the smell coming back. We did not have to paint to remove the smell, but I've heard of other stories where they painting was necessary. All depends on the severity, but cat odor is one of the worse pet odors around.

Michael Parks
Broker (CDPE, CSP)
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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Tue Sep 4, 2012
Cat odor can be tricky - I know of a home where they have had to take it down to the studs and the vote is still out.

But Annette's point is well taken....could be an opportunity, depending on severity and budget to deal with it.

Jeanne Feenick
Unwavering Commitment to Service, Unsurpassed Results
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Tue Sep 4, 2012
When you walk into a stinky house, what you are smelling is money.
For the right buyer, it is money in the bank.
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Tim Moore, Agent, Kitty Hawk, NC
Tue Sep 4, 2012
I once went to a house to talk to the owner about listing it. They had cats, I have a cat and love cats. The smell was so bad I had to leave and did not ask for the listing. I would not have taken it if offered it. It went to foreclosure and the bank bought it and when it went back up for sale I went to see it wondering how bad it was. They had removed all flooring and sprayed the subfloor with a sealer and recarpeted it and painted many of the rooms. All I could smell was the new carpet. It can usually be fixed.
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Tue Sep 4, 2012
Hi, It depends on the extent of it. Removing carpets and painting does wonders for pet odors.

Christopher Pagli
Licensed Associate Broker
Accredited Buyer Representative
William Raveis Legends Realty Group
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