Selling it or Smelling It?

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Bell Real Estate

Selling it or Smelling It?

Homebuyers don't want houses that stink. Sellers must identify and remediate odors that make prospective purchasers hold their noses and run for the exits. Most homeowners do not recognize home odors when they are in the environment every day. So have a friend or relative stop by to give you an honest opinion and do not take offense should they make observations. That is what they are there for.

Pet odors can be a problem when you're in the process of selling your home. If your house has an odor problem, you should remove any offending furniture or carpets or hire a professional to clean them. Be sure to check the cat box frequently and keep the litter fresh.

Since some people have allergies or fears of certain animals, it's a good idea to put dogs or cats outside or confine your pets to one area when your house is being shown. It's hard for buyers to fully appreciate your home through itchy, watery eyes or in between sneezes! Even if the house is exactly what they want, your chances of selling it are less if the scent of Spot lingers in their memory.

Also you must be diligent with any lingering odors. Do your best to eliminate them and not just cover them up.

Cigarette smoke can be a huge turnoff for potential homebuyers, especially if they do not smoke themselves. Smoke can get into the drapes, carpet and furnishings and really be a powerful odor. Buyers want to walk into the home and have their first impression fresh and clean. Running a HEPA air filter or ozone generator is a viable solution. These tools are often available for rent for the short term as well.

In addition to the actual odor, cigarettes create a yellow film on walls and ceilings, cupboards and doors. Exposed areas of the home must be scrubbed well to eliminate the dinginess. This will also help eliminate the cigarette smell from the home.

Let me know if you have additional questions on preparing your home for sale! We have answers!

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Rainmaker
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Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
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I do know that the oders of a home have a big effect on its saleability.  The smell of cookies cooking or cinamon are positive smoke, pet and smells of old food are negative.

May 02, 2013 12:23 AM #1
Rainer
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Paula Fleming
Around the Clock Mobile Notary - Grand Saline, TX
Paula Fleming, CNSA

I totally agree that the smells in a home can make all the difference!  A cinnamon stick in the microwave with a small amount of water just before you open the door to greet someone brings forth the warmth of mom or grandma's home cooking.  It's a sensory feeling that travels all the way to the brain and registers happiness.  

Conversely, there is nothing worse than walking in the door and being met by the odor of kitty litter or cabbage.  It makes you, quite frankly, want to turn around and leave.

Here's a little tip:  if you're about to have company.  Walk outside of your home and stand for a few minutes breathing in the outdoor air.  Then walk back in and notice what you're smelling.  You mind has trained itself to become accustomed to the daily smells of your own home.  Override it briefly to find out what others are encountering.  This is important before ANY visitor to your home.   I'm just sayin'!  ;)

 

May 02, 2013 12:32 AM #2
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Warren Moore
Warren Moore Real Estate - Washington, NC
CRS, GRI

Connie,

All this is so true.  Additionally, in a lot of wet environments (and some not normally so wet) odors can be a harbinger of some really bad things.  Unidentified odors should be checked out thoroughly!

May 02, 2013 12:42 AM #3
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Connie Webb
Century 21 Bell Real Estate - Cheyenne, WY
Your Cheyenne Wyoming Realtor

Good Point Warren...And...a healthy point!

May 03, 2013 07:41 AM #4
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