Why does my brandnew home (with absolutely nothing in it yet) smell like an old man has lived here for years???
Posted on 2007-08-06
Hello all! Sorry for the possibly insulting title of my question, but i am dead serious, my brandnew home smells like my great grandmothers 100year old house used to! I just had my home built, it's brandnew, and it's in the southern california desert region. Two days after the house was completed and ready for move in, i entered the home and was greeted by the smell of a musty old man! Thats been a year ago, and the house still smells like this. Actually, only the large livingroom area smells like this. I can be in the bedroom, walk out into the livingroom and then smell it. It seems like the livingroom is where the smell comes from.... but, im at a loss to as to what it could be. The smell is best described as an old, almost cinnimon, woodsy smell. I suspected it might be formaldehyde, but am told formaldehyde doesn't smell like that. Also suspected mold, had the house tested, but NO MOLD! I am at a loss as to what the smell could possibly be coming from? Any idea what might cause that type of smell in a brandnew home? As i stated, the smell was present the first time i stepped foot through the door. I know this might be a strange question to ask, but..... you guys have hepled me with just about every other problem i've had, so i figured "Why not ask"?