I mean really stinks! Ok, so we've all been to those homes. Sometimes it's the pets. Sometimes it's the kids. Could be the trash can or possibly the last meal that was cooked. The odors that take place in the home are many times not as noticeable to the homeowner because they are there all the time and grow accustomed to some of the odors. Especially true with cat odors. How many times have gone to an OPEN HOUSE and upon entering, wish it had been OPEN for a couple hours before you got there. I mean every door and window open.
Often it is mentioned to homeowners to bake bread, a pie or cookies. Discussed also are plug in air fresheners or the little oil scent sticks. These are all good suggestions, but aren't always used.
Last month, I was walking through the mall with my wife, who suggested we go into Bath & Body Works. Hurray! That put a thrill to the afternoon of shopping (said with much sarcasm). Ah, but I digress. While in the store I noticed a little silver container with a orange-ish dot on it. Written across the dot it said FOR HOME. I picked up the little silver canister that resembled a CO2 cartridge for whip cream dispensers; only on steroids. It turned out to be concentrated fragrance spray. They had several fragrances to choose from, but I chose to test the Creamy Caramel and a Cinnamon fragrance. Now let me tell you, I have had several spray air fresheners around the house and they smell OK, but these really smelled nice. I picked up those two bottles and when I got home I sprayed just one spray in my foyer and the scent lasted for at least three hours. The scents are not overwhelming and really seem to last.
I now carry one of the cinnamon bottles in my Open House kit, just in case the home needs a little help for those few hours. It has made a world of difference in peoples reactions. The fragrances are made by Slatkin & Co. for Bath & Body Works and run about $5.00 for a 1.5 oz canister, but at 1 squirt per room, will last you a long time.
Homeowners, even if you think your home smells wonderful, a little squirt can't hurt. It can entice people to stay though.
Looking for the next Open House. Just follow your nose!