SELLERS! STRONG COOKING ODOURS DISCOURAGE BUYERS

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Real Estate Sales Representative with BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE

Having a fresh clean scent in your home is very inviting, or the pleasant odour of cookies or bread baking in the oven!!   Strong plug-ins, or harsh cooking odours are one way to discourage buyers from taking a careful look at your home and usually will not take the time to look at the home seriously, especially if someone is allergic to a specific odour.

I recall, several years ago looking for a very high end home for one of my clients.  I arranged several viewings, and we are talking homes priced close to $1,000,000. This was a large, executive and stately home, about 5,000 square feet. It was situated on a very large lot, backing onto a ravine.. and had great curb appeal. Three car garage !!

However, upon entering the front door, we were immediately met with the strong, pungent odour of curry.  It permeates everything and gets into the paint, draperies, carpeting and furniture.

The odour was so strong we could not stay in the home very long, only a few minutes to see the main level.  We didn’t even view the entire home,  and we were out the door where we could once again breath fresh air.

On another occasion I was showing another rather high end home… and my clients and I walked into the front door and were immediately hit with a strong fish odour.  It was very strong, and wafted throughout the house.  In fact, when we walked into the kitchen there were the leftovers sitting on a plate on the kitchen counter!

Agents, we need to educate our clients on how to prepare your home for a showing.  If you are preparing a meal where there may be lingering odours, please open the windows, and light some candles…. OR refrain from cooking the meal until after the viewing.

Please put the toilet seat down… and for heaven`s sake please flush !

People, it only takes a minute to make your bed, and remove dirty clothes from the floor.  Its only a few more steps to the laundry hamper!

Another ‘no-no’ are those very strong plug in deodorizers. they can be almost as bad as the strong cooking odours.  If you insistcan on using them, use a light fragrance that doesn’t overpower. Some people are allergic to strong perfume and floral fragrances.

I know that having your home for sale can be stressful, and we don`t expect that it can be spotless at all times, especially with young children, but a little common courtesy and common sense should prevail.

Agents if you know this could be an issue when listing the home…. please have that all important talk with your clients.

 

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Rainmaker
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Lou Ludwig
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Gloria

Strong odours can kill a sale in a heart beat.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 28, 2016 07:32 PM #1
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The smell of clean is the best odor of all to permeate a house.

Dec 28, 2016 09:48 PM #2
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Nina Hollander
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Oh now doubt, Gloria. I remember previewing a vacant home once where the curry smell had become so pervasive, my eyes were tearing in about two minutes. I did not show that home to my clients. The problem is that certain cooking odors, once in the home for a long time, are very hard to eliminate. You almost have to do the same as with tobacco odors.

Dec 29, 2016 05:26 AM #3
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Hi Nina Hollander I can relate.. as that's what happened when we entered the "curry" house.  My eyes were tearing up it was so strong.. my client and I had to leave without seeing the home.

Dec 29, 2016 06:36 AM #4
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You are so right Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900 , there is nothing better than a clean, fresh scent.. just subtle, not too strong as some people are allergic to the slightest scents.  

Dec 29, 2016 06:38 AM #5
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Yes, they can Lou Ludwig , there are so many people these days with allergies, even air fresheners have to be very subtle.. and one with a clean fresh scent.. Cooking odours can be really offensive.

Dec 29, 2016 06:39 AM #6
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