Deal Breakers for Buyers….. Smelly House
On the list of deal breakers for buyers is a smelly house. When they open the front door and an unpleasant odor hits them in the face, they may just turn around and walk away. First impressions are so very important. This could be a missed opportunity for the seller. The buyer may really like the neighborhood, the school district, and the house may be the only one currently on the market in the neighborhood. But the buyer just can’t handle the smell, and may feel they would not be able to remove the “nose offender” from the home or would want to take on that task.
The seller needs to invite a friend or relative over, and stress the need for their honest opinion regarding any unpleasant odors in the home. Pets, cigarette smoke and lingering smells from cooking can be turnoffs for buyers. In the case of pets, clean the pets area, deodorize the carpets and upholstery, oh and clean the pet. Cigarette smoke can get into everything. That is a huge cleaning task, and might require professional cleaning. Make sure last night’s dinner is not still hanging around.
A seller needs to have every vantage point when selling his home.