Real estate agents and brokers are in and out of all kinds of properties.
Homes that you better remove your shoes that are white glove clean. Others that you may come out of them with bed bugs and fleas. We see the best and worst of what is out there that needs to be sold regardless of the condition. The pricing of the property better reflect the shape it is in and how it compares to others competing for buyers in the same market too. Leaks from fuel oil heating tank for the hot air or baseboard hot water are trouble regardless of the price bracket the property is being peddled on the MLS inventory merry go round.
We list, sell, trade properties with odors.
The good and bad kinds that hang around the real estate listings. Inside and outside. The ones from a farm yard or barn, out in the field can be nostalgic or cause hay fever. It can go either way. The jury is out. Only the nose knows. Speak beak.
Unless a real estate home buyer has a major chest cold, puts vicks on their upper lip, or is a heavy smoker and loves that wet dog musty and moldy fragrance, those odors just don't go away. Some odors make you scratch , like the song Ted Nugent wailed on the guitar about Cat Scratch Fever. Fish on Fridays in some house hold entries is one I still smell in door to door house listing canvassing the neighborhoods of Northern Maine. Every home has a smell, good, bad, or inbetween. New cars smell.
Odors good or bad in the buildings, apartments houses whatever real estate properties we list and sell. Can help or hurt the trip to the all important closing.
PU or ahhhhhh nice. Wince or smile. The buyer may like apple pie candles. Or Christmas balsam fragrances to add to the garland and holiday deck the halls fa la la la la. They say smell is the most powerful of the senses. They affect the quality of life in the property for the folks who call the place home. And whether they make an offer or not. Regardless, those odors and smells in real estate listings can follow them home on their clothes where loved ones make a face and ask "where have you been?". I have wreaked of two packs of second hand smoke during a long listing contract at the kitchen table.
And watched a small dog plead with me using his eyes and a low level whine to please take me away from the COPD of life.
Living in a house with cigarette tar on the walls of thick amber sap from a professional smoke 'em if you got 'em home owner.
All we can do as the listing broker is hope to find another heavy smoker who says smell, what smell?
That buyer who has a nose that does not pick up on the same ole same ole they are used to in their last home they hope to replace.
But fuel oil odors require immediate attention. When the heating oil tank feeding the furnace is dripping, leaking, ruptured. They can make buyers, brokers, sellers have dizziness. Major headaches after the real estate sale too if not address quickly and efficiently. By the book the only steps to take to replace the fuel tank not doing it's job 100 percent. Read the full article on leaking heating oil fuel tanks, the steps to do the clean up, the ways to get rid of the odor that lingers in a home basement.