I'll be the first to admit that the outside of our house looks no better than before we moved in. I'm sure any one of our neighbors would be second to admit the same. (Sorry, people.)
The inside of our house, on the other hand, is COMPLETELY different from when we purchased it. Here's the living room as seen from the front door.
Anyway, to be on the safe side, Pat replaced all the ducts (he used to work part time for an air conditioning guy) before we moved in. We also removed all the (disgusting) carpet and scrubbed, painted, or replaced EVERY surface.
Here's the kitchen before we moved in. This picture does not even begin to reveal the filth disguised on all that brown. Everything was sticky. See how the window is open? I'm pretty sure that's how they justified smoking in here. *shudder*
replaced the floor and painted the column.
The kitchen looking back toward where the living room now is (sorry, I don't have any current pics of this angle.) Just take a look at that sweet paneling! Oh, and can you see how the cabinet doors are darker near the knobs? That was half-inch thick grime. I had to scrape it off with a putty knife. Yep.