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  • Property-a-holics

    Purchase of fire damaged property

    Just viewed a fire damaged property. There has been a fire in the living room which has damaged the ceiling but has not burnt through to the room above. Most of the damage appears to be smoke related as the whole house is blackened and stinks of smoke. I was wondering does anyone have any experience of dealing with this type of property. In particular I would think that getting rid of the smell would be a major problem. Would I have to knock all the plaster off ? Any advice would be much appreciated.

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    Glenn,

    We have refurbished a number of fire damaged properties. In the room which was the source of the fire we removed all plaster and plasterboard and renewed it, through resp of the house anything fabric was binned - carpets. curtains etc.

    Once you start work and open doors and windows so you can get air flowing will help enormously. Any walls and ceilings will need cleaning down with soapy water and possibly sugar soap before re-decorating


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    I repaired a 4 bed semi that burnt out in 2009.  Pretty much everything was new - all floors, stud walls, plaster etc.  You still get the occasional faint smell!

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