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[–] enginedriver13 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I don’t have much advice, but congratulations on your new home and (future) baby.!

Actually, if your house has damp/mold issues and you’re painting, consider buying one of those super-powerful blower fans contractors use? They’re great for drying up mold (and blowing away paint odors) and you can get one online for ~$100. Also maybe an air cleaner/purifier for rooms you spend a lot of time in.

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[–] ChapterJuni [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'll ask my husband about an air filter. We're buying the house from my in-laws, my husband is elated to have his childhood home. But the in-laws are hoarders and most of the house was unusable due to clutter. They couldn't get to the outer walls to see the problem. Luckily it was just clutter and the one cat, there weren't any pests or other problems. They just can't stand to throw or give anything away.

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[–] DefenderOfTruth 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I second the air purifier! And/or open the windows and turn on ceiling fans whenever you can. Got to give that baby fresh air. <3 Congratulations! What an exciting time.

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[–] Empress 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

So happy for you! Best advice I can give is to just take it one day at a time and to try to remember that the baby won't know if the nursery isn't perfect. Don't let the house stress you out too much...you've got important work to do growing those babies. <3

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[–] Funkypurplekitty 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I second that the baby won't know or care about the nursery so don't stress yourself out if it doesn't get done before he/she is born. We did not have my oldest in her own room until she was 6 months old. She slept in our bed mostly although we did try to get her to sleep in her cradle that was in our room.

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[–] Sarcastatron_9000 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I've never renovated before...but I would urge you to prioritize the mold problem above everything else! Mold can be tremendously unhealthy and can cause a lot of respiratory issues even if you aren't asthmatic or allergic. Bleach and hydrogen peroxide work very well at removing surface mold; dehumidifiers are great for keeping it from returning if humidity is the cause. But please, fix that first!

As for your pregnancy...so many congratulations! Motherhood is fantastic. You're gonna love it!

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[–] ChapterJuni [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

We're taking it room by room, but mold is first to go. We made our bedroom, office, and bathroom habitable so we could move in. Now the kitchen. I still have one bedroom that needs scrubbed down good but we aren't in that room yet. The living room really didn't have much mold because that room was lived in and heated well. I'm really excited for our new little one. Even compared to two weeks ago my stamina is waning. I can only do so much in a day.

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[–] Sarcastatron_9000 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Take it slow and don't be afraid to ask people for help. You're pregnant and most people will be happy to lend a hand - milk it for all it's worth! ;)

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[–] OneOfTheBoys 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Congratulations on the baby and house!

But arrgh! Don't worry about the kitchen or nursery right now - geting that mould killed should be priority number one - it's not safe for babies/fetuses/people!!

Vinegar, baking soda and tea tree oil may help but make hubby do it.

Second priority after mould is gone is figure where the damp problem that caused the mould started and fix that so it doesn't reoccur.

I'm so sorry but on the bright side at least you own the place and can deal with it properly - two landlords in a row refused to deal with problems causing mould growth so I just have to deal with killing mould over and over.

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[–] ChapterJuni [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It is such a damp part of the world that people keep telling me its part of where we live. Well, no its not, its an insulation problem and a cleaning problem. The damp is a factor but better ventilation and a strategically placed dehumidifier will keep it down until we can get better insulation. The previous tenants had beds, boxes, and furniture over major vents. We are dealing with the walls, hubby is working so hard. I'm encouraging him to sit down and take a load off but he's on a sort of roll. I'm just worried about the toll it takes. 40 hours at the plant and then another 30 hours on the house is A LOT of work in a week for one person and he's going into week four now.

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[–] OneOfTheBoys 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

:( that sucks but it sounds like you guys have a handle on things. Make sure to keep him hydrated and offer him some massages, and let him know his hard work is appreciated.