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What's that Smell? My Rant.

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Real Estate Sales Representative with Keller Williams Lifestyles Realty, Brokerage

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Every time I see an ad for plug-in air "fresheners" I want to throw my shoe at the offending media device. I am angry that those ads are successful. 
 
I imagine the earnest people selling their homes who want to put their best foot forward to make their homes as delightful as possible.
 
I have one suggestion for them. Simply, CLEAN YOUR HOME!
 
Remove garbage, cat waste, dirty clothing and empty beer bottles. Clean the kitchen and the bathroom. Air out the basement. Mop the floor. And you are good. 
 
How to tell if you have too many air "fresheners":
1. When the smell can be detected on driveway of the home .... then you have too many air "fresheners".
2. When cat pee smells better...then you have too many air "fresheners".
3. When every available electrical plug has an air "freshener" plugged in...then you have too many air "fresheners".
 
I have removed up to 8 air "fresheners" from a typical sized home. I will put these outside on the back patio. This many "fresheners" in a home makes me rather smell garbage.
 
As soon as I enter such a home with air "fresheners" my nose begins a drip. A day of showing homes will leave me with a throbbing headache. My favourite are those air "fresheners" booby-traps that have motion detection attached and are aimed to spray directly in peoples' faces. A colleague has described it as an assault and I agree. 
 
I know that most home sellers don't want Realtors to suffer needlessly in order to introduce their house to potential buyers.
 
So, clean and tidy. De-clutter. Open drapes to brighten the house. But LOOSE THE "FRESHENERS"!!!
 
Thank you for listening.
 
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by Daniela Schmidt
Kathy Stoltman
Ventura, CA
RETIRED

Daniela, I had to laugh, the obvious answer as you said is to clean, but some prefer to spend money on Air fresheners!

Aug 03, 2013 02:27 AM
Daniela Schmidt
Keller Williams Lifestyles Realty, Brokerage - London, ON
Daniela Schmidt, Sales Rep, Keller Williams Realty

Thanks for your comment! It's also funny when many of the homes are indeed very clean and require nothing else. 

Aug 03, 2013 02:32 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Daniela- I agree!  Clean is the best smell you can give your house.  Open the windows to air out the house; have your carpets cleaned, the list goes on. 

Aug 03, 2013 03:00 AM
Anonymous
Wes watson

I love the smell of dirty garbage and cat pee!! Really adds that little extra to an over priced home.  

Aug 03, 2013 09:51 AM
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Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Loved your post Daniela, I couldn't agree with your more about how offensive the commercial air fresheners can be, especially to those with allergies!  I like having my Sellers grind lemons in their disposals for a "clean smell."  Suggested.

Aug 05, 2013 05:25 AM