Should I be worried about an apartment building's smell?
July 12, 2005 10:07 AM Subscribe
I looked at an apartment that seems really great (big, cheap, etc) except for a particular and not quite pleasant bouquet varying in strength and odor from mothballs to 'old house', to just plain stale. Should I be worried? How worried?
posted by ThePants to Home & Garden (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
* It's an old row-house style apartment building, with 3-4 units in each 'house'. The apartment in question is on the third (top) floor at the end of the 'row'.
* The entryway and stairwells share a rather strong mothball smell while the apartment itself varies from weak-mothball, to 'old house' to plain 'ol stale in various areas.
* There's hardwood, tile, or laminate floors in all rooms. (i.e. it's not shoddy carpets/padding), if it's coming from anything it's the walls (my fear), the furniture (which will be going), or the people (also going).
* The whole apartment has drop ceilings, and some rooms in have wood paneling up on the walls. This makes me suspicious of what's being hidden.
What can I do to gauge the source and severity of the problem on my next visit to the apartment? What questions can I ask? What tests can I perform for myself? How can I determine if a good scrubbing and regular cleanings will allow me to live smell-free?