Be Sure to Get Rid of the Pet Smells First

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. BK629999

Be Sure to Get Rid of the Pet Smells

In looking at houses for sale, a buyer's senses kick in as they walk through the front door.  They are in tune to the sights, smells and sounds associated with that house. 

And the smell of a pet, can certainly turning a ready, willing and able buyer away.  Masking the smells in a property with air fresheners, potpourri or scented candles will not remove the pet scent. Often, it exaggerates it even more.

Carpets should be cleaned or replaced and floors should be mopped thoroughly before the property goes up for sale. Pet bedding should be removed or cleaned.

I've seen buyers turn around and leave a house before they even got all the way inside, due to pet odors.

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Rainmaker
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Ann Hayden
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Chesterfield, MO
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Sandy,

Smells and dirt are the worst items ~ to leave "undone"....

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Nov 29, 2010 02:48 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
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I don't think pet owners are aware of the scent and how pungent and offensive it is to those who enter their home for the first time. There are two odors that turn most buyers off. They are 1) Tobacco Smoke; 2) Pet odors.

Nov 29, 2010 03:05 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Ann, I agree with you on both of those.

Patricia, Sometimes we find that pet owners are not able to pick up the scent of their animals in their own house.  And tobacco smoke can be a huge turn off also.

Nov 29, 2010 03:58 AM #5
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

Sandy,

              Also, wanted to add sometimes food smells can turn off a prospective buyer; I remember walking into one house and the food odor was so bad all 3 of us; the realtor, husband and myself looked at each other and nodded and walked out. Another note on tobacco smells; sometimes the smell is ingrained in the house neither changing carpets or repainting can help because it has permeated the home,

Nov 29, 2010 04:24 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Hi Yolanda, Great points - strong food odors can be a deterrent also.  And, yes, I have been in houses where the tobacco smells were on the yellow walls and the ductwork was full of it.  So true.

Nov 29, 2010 07:25 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
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Sandy,

Especially this time of year when it's cold outside we tend to keep our windows closed and it's harder for those odors to escape...   then once a door is open (by a potintial buyer) the smells meet them head on at the front door.

Nov 29, 2010 02:43 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
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Sandy, great reminder, very few things turn buyers off more than smells.

Nov 29, 2010 05:23 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Great point Sandy.  Even prospective buyers that are pet lovers are turned off by pet smells in homes they are viewing.

Nov 29, 2010 11:28 PM #10
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Don Eichler
Eichler Properties - Granbury, TX

Sandy, I have always rated the pet smells as the number one deal killer.  As Patricia said most owners do not think that their pet has an oder but they sure as do-do, do.

Nov 30, 2010 02:24 PM #11
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Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Sandy-so true!  So many times we have entered a home and realized they had pets LONG before we saw them.

Dec 02, 2010 11:07 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
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Linda, This cold weather can cause pet odors to be boxed up inside.  Nothing worse than opening that front door and having the smell slap a buyer in the face.

Tony and Darcy,  Smells definitely can turn a buyer off.

Gabe, I don't think anyone likes another person's pet odors.

Don, Too funny.  Pet smells really can be a dealer killer.

Debra, Those are probably the worse kind of pet odors. Those that turn up before you see the pet.

 

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