My garage has been a rat motel for the past year. Now that the rats are gone how do I clean it and make it usable again?
My wife and I recently purchased a house that was in pre-foreclosure and although the house itself was in decent condition, the garage was an abandoned mess infested with rats. We've been working with an exterminator for the past three weeks and, 15 dead rats later, finally have succeeded in clearing out the current infestation.
Pictures of what we inherited can be seen here
. Overwhelming, to say the least.
Now that the rats are gone and the garage cleared out I'm at a lost of how to move forward. The smell is tremendously bad (in February, in Chicago), there are rat droppings everywhere, about 20% of the concrete is dug up and there are three holes that need to be plugged. Part of me wants to just tear down the entire structure and build a new one but it is a beautiful brick garage
from the 1920's and is in really great shape overall.
So please help me! What's my next step(s)? How do I make this garage suitable to be a garage?