Our first day of cleaning and fixing was August 18, 2009. All day, we tore out carpet, took up tack strip, and removed carpet staples. It made the house smell a lot better. Not 100%, but much better than it had been.
Here are some "before" and "during" pictures. The before pictures were taken the day we looked at the house for the first time on July 13th, 2009.
First, the "Before" pictures...
In the hall, looking into the boys' rooms:
Anna's Room (it has two closets, the one without shelves I'll be using to store holiday decorations):
Progress pictures from the first day...
Grandpa, tearing out carpet in Peter's room:
Grandma, sweeping after the carpet was torn out of Ben's room:
Anna's room after the carpet was torn out, but before the carpet tack and staples were out:
Grandpa and Jason tearing out carpet on the stairs:
The carpet is out!
Living room with the carpet up, sitting there:
Living room without any carpet:
The landing of the stairs without carpet, the landing had the worst of the pet urine: