When selling a home you have the opportunity to impress potential buyers or send them running! The best way to make a good impression is to stage your home for the senses. A quiet, clean, uncluttered home is refreshing to buyers and says that your home is ready for new owners. This is the first article in a series of four.
Your sense of smell tells you when something is pleasant, fresh, and appealing. It also notifies you when something is rancid or dirty. Foul odors are a turn- off. Don't let bad odors distract potential buyers from making an offer. Before you put your home on the market, make sure it smells clean and fresh. Here are some home staging tips:
•· Litter boxes: Change often and place in garage for showings. Do not leave litter boxes in the kitchen; litter boxes are not appetizing.
•· Diaper pails: Dispose of dirty diapers often. Home buyers want to smell a fresh nursery.
•· Trash cans (this goes for all trash cans): Empty regularly and hide in cabinets or pantry. Trash cans are not accessories.
•· Carpet: If you have pets, hire a professional to clean your carpets. If pet odors are present and not removed, hire a professional to give your home an ozone treatment. Ozone treatment removes pet odors in the carpet, walls and upholstery.
•· Cigarettes: If you smoke in your home, an ozone treatment is in order. Cigarette smoke is not removed with simple carpet and upholstery cleaning, and it penetrates every surface of the home, and is even trapped in the ventilation system. Buyers with allergies and/or asthma will turn down your home for the one that they can breathe in.
•· Highly fragranced candles, plug-ins, and scented oil: Beware of using these products. They are often too strong and buyers can be negatively affected i.e., headaches, asthma, and allergies. And, not everyone likes the same scents that you like.
•· Garbage disposal: Run the garbage disposal with small pieces of freshly cut lemon and water. The lemon juice is also great for cleaning the sink!
•· Closets: Closets can smell bad from shoes and gym equipment. Open the doors to let the air circulate and spray Oust or Lysol in the closet.
These home staging tips are just the beginning of preparing your home for sale. If you are not sure whether your home will pass the sniff test, invite an honest friend or your Realtor to help.
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