Selling Your New Hampshire House? Think "New Car Smell"

Reblogger Sharon Tara
Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations
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Selling your New Hampshire house?  Smells can turn potential buyers off, turning them away before they even have a chance to see your home's potential. Here is some great advice from fellow Home Stager, Judy Klem, on creating a "new home smell" that will appeal to buyers. 

 

Original content by Judy Klem

There's Just Something About that New Car Smell...

You know how that works: You get into a new car and there's that scent that just says "new car."  Which, of course, wears off over time. To sell your car, you can use a "new car scent" to bring back that new car feeling when you're selling it.

 

New Car Scent



So how do you do the same with your home when you're putting it on the market? It's generally not a good idea to try to mask scents with air fresheners or sprays if you don't work to eliminate the underlying problem.

 

Lingering odors from cooking highly spiced food or from smoking in the home get into everything, soft furnishings and hard surfaces alike. In this case, elbow grease is required.

  * Clean, clean, clean your home - every surface, underneath all furniture,
     and even the insides of cabinets and closets

  * Open the windows while cleaning if at all possible, to let all the stale air out

  * Freshly paint ceilings and walls

  * Have all the carpets and upholstered furniture professionally cleaned

  * Launder or dry clean all window treatments

  * Clothing in closets will have absorbed smoking odors if the person smoked in that room.
     Launder, dry clean, or pack away these clothes and paint the interiors of closets

  * Change the filter in your heating unit/air conditioner(s)

  * Make sure the filters in your vacuum cleaner are new

  * Note that odors from pet urine may need to be professionally handled. It can be difficult
     to impossible to eliminate this odor if it has seeped into wood floors repeatedly over
 
     time. This is an odor that will have potential buyers immediately turning away and
     leaving the home, never to return.

  * Keep the home very clean while it's on the market, and refrain from smoking inside and
     cooking highly spiced foods for the duration.



You can get that "new house scent" with some thoughtful preparation and a generous application of elbow grease. Need some help? Contact Transition Stage and we'll be glad to put the work in motion for you.
 

There's Just Something About that New Car Smell...

 

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Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Sharon - Thanks so much for re-blogging this! I really appreciate it.

Jul 11, 2011 01:53 AM #1
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Marian Lake Walker
Staged 2Gain - Inverness, FL
Home Stager Florida, Home Staging Central Florida

Have to admit, I was a little concerned about the "smell" theme of this post! Amazing the advice out there about this...

Thank you (you and Judy) for making it clear that CLEAN is the "smell" you want when selling!

Jul 11, 2011 02:30 AM #2
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Sharon, I clean with a product called Fabulouso...and let me tell you that makes my house smell so fabulous! Try it!

Jul 11, 2011 03:30 AM #3
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Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Thank you Sharon and Judy-I use baking soda when I clean my house and it really really works!  I leave boxes of it all over the house to absorb odors as well.

Jul 11, 2011 03:36 AM #4
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Judy:  It's a very important message to sellers, and you expressed it so well!

Marian:  Nothing better than "clean" if you want to sell!

Ellen:  I will check it out.  I have a sensitivity when it comes to scent, so I'll have to see how I react to it.

Joanna:  Baking soda is awesome.  And safe for the environment too!

 

Jul 11, 2011 04:27 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Great reblog, Sharon -- thanks for helping to spread the word!

Jul 11, 2011 05:40 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Maureen:  Judy wrote a great post...I am happy to pass it on!

Jul 11, 2011 05:59 AM #7
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Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Sharon, thank you for sharing this FRESH post.

Jul 11, 2011 10:27 AM #8
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Judy has another great post! I talk about odors with every client, even if they don't have any. ha.

Jul 11, 2011 10:30 AM #9
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Anna:  Nice, :)

Shar:  I usually mention odor too, you never know what obnoxious air freshener they may saturate the house in if you don't discuss it.

Jul 11, 2011 11:28 AM #10
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Patricia Aulson
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate - Exeter, NH
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

I missed this first time out so thanks for reblogging.   I love the smell of a fresh brand new car.

Thanks for the post today.

 

Patricia AUlson/ Seacoast NH & ME

Jul 14, 2011 03:24 PM #11
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Patricia:  Smells are very important when presenting a house for sale and too many people don't take it seriously enough!

Jul 15, 2011 07:10 AM #12
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Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

You know what Barb Schwarz says, "if can you smell your house, you can't sell your house."

Great catch for a re-blog!

Jul 23, 2011 11:52 AM #13
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Vickie:  So true!  Thanks!

Jul 24, 2011 12:29 PM #14
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