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.
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