What the house looked like last Friday:
What the house looks like tonight:
Quite a difference huh? I still need new carpet and new flooring in the kitchen, probably tile. That will have to wait. I stuck an air freshener in each closet to make them smell a little better without being too obvious. The pet odor neutralizer worked well but I should have shampooed the entire carpet with it. I was pouring it straight on to the carpet for some of the bad areas. The carpet looks ok now but the stains are coming back already. I have a rug in the living room to cover the big pink stain ($14 at Ross!) and another little rug between the master bedroom and bath where the red stain went in to the bedroom. The new linoleum tile in the master bath got rid of most of the stain.
My neighbor who has been helping me clean is interested in renting the house unfurnished after my tenants leave. She is tired of her landlord because she says he won't reimburse her for repairs such as when tree roots backed up her plumbing and it cost her $300. I told her I would consider it.
The initial total for this overhaul is $3300. Utilities for this month will cost around $350. My profit will be $350. Not a great reward for a whole lot of stress and work plus new flooring will cost a lot more. But at least I have my house back.