Ok, so I'm in the process of purchasing a house (Hooray!) but it was previously owned by (heavy) smokers. Like, you can tell where things were hung on the wall because it's white where the rest of the walls are distinctly not as white. I'm not a smoker, and the smell HAS to go.
I'm looking for anyone who may have dealt with this kinda of stuff before and what tips they can toss out.
Right now, I'm planning:
Scrub down (Internet suggests vinegar water but that seems like trading one nasty smell for another. Can anyone suggest an actual cleaner?)
Apply 2 coats of Killz
Vinegar based cleaner (Windex has a version of this I believe?)
Ideally I would rip out the carpets but I don't have quite that much money to throw around. I've read that a good scrubbing with a shampoo-er will do wonders, can anyone recommend a good machine and/or detergent to use? I'm pretty sure I can rent a rug doctor from a local hardware store.
The hardwood floors, I'm thinking a good cleaning with something like pledge?
Hire a duct-cleaning company
Swap out furnace filters
Scrub down every other surface thoroughly (Cabinets, counters, etc.)
Anything I'm missing or else that could be recommended? It's a foreclosure but it's generally in good shape. I'm on a bit of a budget (there's a lot to do: Roof, Appliances, etc.), but my time is cheap (I'm still at home and not getting kicked out) so generally doing it myself is preferred even if it takes longer.