The smelly house doesn't sell!

Real Estate Agent with Hometowne Ventures, LLC

FABREZE! The first step to take after listing your home for sale should be to remove the odor. How easy...Most stores offer Fabreze for only $3.93. Buyers generally make up their mind within the first ten seconds they walk in the front door. When buyers first impression is a bad smell, it usually doesn’t end well for the seller. With all the competition in the market right now, make sure you are not the person making this mistake.

Another suggestion is to make a batch of cookies. Cookies will make the buyer think of home and help them imagine cooking for their family in that home.

If you have pets that used the carpet as a bathroom or if you smoked in your home, you may need to take more drastic steps like replacing the carpet or painting the walls. That is the only way you will truly get rid of the smell. Don't own the smelly house!  


Ryan Champeau


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Scott Hayes
(512) 786-8300 - Austin, TX
Realty Austin, Broker Associate

I tend to agree with the last paragraph most. If you really want to get the smell to go long term, getting rid of that carpet and painting those walls is best. Furthermore, a good primer can go a long way to battle bad smells.


Jul 14, 2010 04:41 PM #1
Wade Kawahara
Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC - Phoenix, AZ

Bad smells are one of the biggest turnoffs for buyers.  Good post.

Jul 14, 2010 06:09 PM #2
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