Lake Havasu home sellers: beware of pet odors. One of the biggest turnoffs for a buyer is a bad smell. Pet odors and cigarette smoke are two of the biggest offenders. Unfortunately, they are also the hardest to get rid of. If your Lake Havasu home has a definite offensive aroma, there are steps you can take to get rid of them before you place your home on the market.
Open up the windows when you clean. This helps get the air circulating, bringing the clean air in and letting the bad air out.
Use some elbow grease. There's no way around it. You're going to have to scrub your Lake Havasu home to make sure it gets clean. Vinegar will help rid bare walls and floors of any pet odors. Use one part bleach to 9 parts water to make sure you don't damage or discolor the area.
Drapes and upholstery have a tendency to really hold on to pet doors and cigarette smoke. Take them down/off and throw them in the washer, if possible. If not, have them steam cleaned or dry cleaned.
Carpets are also notorious for holding in the odors, especially if you have cats. Pet urine can soak down into the carpet pad, where it is the hardest to get rid of. Depending on the amount of traffic from both humans and pets, you may want to pay to have a professional deep clean the carpets of your Lake Havasu home. Be prepared, though. There are some odors and stains that even the professionals won't be able to get rid of. That's when you'll need to consider completely replacing the carpet and pad. If that happens, clean the area where the pet urine has soaked down through the pad with a vinegar solution to make sure that smells are contained before laying down the new carpet.
Once you have gotten rid of any offending odors, you need to be mindful of bringing new odors in. Many times, a fresh coat of paint or wall sealant can keep odors at bay. Use scented candles and/or fresh potpourri in the entry way, kitchen and bathrooms to create an inviting ambiance without overpowering the senses.
Keep pets outdoors while your Lake Havsau home is on the market. If you must keep them inside, take them with you when you leave during showings. Put all their dishes, toys, litter box, etc. away before you leave as well. Replace kitty litter regularly. If your dog uses an indoor pee pad, throw it out immediately after use in an outside, lidded container.
Lake Havasu home sellers need to beware of pet odors. These are some of the hardest smells to get rid of and can also be the reason a potential buyer decides not to purchase your property. Get rid of the smells before you place your home on the market and make sure that you take the necessary precautions to keep them from coming back.
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Brenda & Willie Gonzalez, RE/MAX Prestige Properties, Lake Havasu real estate
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Originally posted on our Lake Havasu Lifestyle real estate blog here: http://lakehavasulifestyle.com/sellers-beware-of-pet-odors/.