Today I previewed a couple of open houses, both in very desirable Abilene neighborhoods.
Both had something in common and it wasn't the nice neighborhood, they both smelled! Now would you go on a listing preentation without taking a shower? Would you go out to dinner with a good friend without checking for body odor? Of course not. When your house is on the market need to check for odors. If you can't smell anything ask somebody who won't mind telling you.
1. OLD HOUSE SMELLY HOUSE!
The first was not so bad it was OLD HOUSE SMELL! You know the smell that you have when an OLD person has lived there for at least 30 years. Now I like old people. I may even be starting to resemble one. Or it could be old carpet, old flooring, old something was damp once, could be the windows haven't been opened in ten years, could be this, could be that. The point is no one has said, there's an odor and I am going to neutralize it!
2. KITTY HOUSE SMELLY HOUSE!
The second house smelled like kitty litter because guess what there was a litter box in the converted garage to living space room plus 2 cats were on the premises.
Now, I'm a cat person, see previous blogging to attest to that but cats and houses for sale do not mix. The kitties need to be away from the house or in a crate and litter box no where in sight during showings and open houses.
A house that smells won't sell. A smelly house is easily remedied. Fresh air works wonders. When I lived in West Germany, the neighbors in the village I lived would open all the windows at least once a week didn't matter how cold it was outside!
Recently I had a smoker who smoked inside, wasn't supposed to smoke inside, of course, so I opened every window all four of them turned on the fan on the Central Air Unit, turned on the bathroom exhaust fan, opened both doors and left it that way all day. Fresh air takes care of lots of odors.
An easy, inexpensive way to get a nice fragrance in the home or apt is to to simmer some water on the stove with a couple of tsps of vanilla extract in the water.
When you are selling your house, don't forget the tale of these two houses, old smelly house and kitty litter smelly house.. A house that smells won't sell. A house that doesn't announce it self will be more appealing to buyers.