You might think your house smells good, but the buyers might not

Reblogger Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
Mortgage and Lending with NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 IL Lic 031.0006220/WI

 

After reading Tammy Lankford's post this morning, I knew I just had to share it.  I'm considering this as part of my Mother's Day "gift" to my wife.  Why?  Marilyn's a migraine sufferer and just like Tammy, her migraines can be triggered by smells, scents, and fragrances.  Smells, scents, and fragrances that others think are beautiful.  Smells and fragrances that others can't even begin to imagine could cause anyone severe pain and distress.  But they can.

And besides the migraine issue that Tammy and my wife suffer ... those candles, the potporri, the scents, the household smells ... can cause respiratory issues for some people too.  

Bottomline ... if a potential buyer can't view your home because of "smells" in your home, you'll have a harder time selling it.  

Do yourself (and your potential buyers) a favor and play it safe.  Clean your home with products that have the least amount of odor or scent, then skip the scents, smells, and fragrant extras. They CAN be a problem and source of illness and pain ...

Gene

Original content by Tammy Lankford, GREC# 169695

No, this is not another post about pet odors or even smoking in your house.  This is about those lovely scented candles that you think smell awesome.  Just don't do it.  No plug in scented flavors either.

My Donald and I went out to dinner and a concert Friday night.  It would have been a lovely evening, but right now what I'm doing is nursing a migraine.  So I'm medicated and I have a cold wet washcloth on my head.  I did manage to cook Donald dinner, but I didn't eat it.  WHY?  Well our server at the restaurant we choose wore a bottle of perfume and that smell triggered my migraine.

My sweet Donald went to the hostess and asked for a new server and politely explained why. The hostess was super sweet and relocated us to an entire different section of the restaurant, but that server must have been a bit miffed because she marched right over to ask why our problem was with her.  As it turns out, we should have left because the food wasn't that good, and she continued to walk past my table a few more times... enough that 48 hours later the migraine is in full swing.  

I'm sure she thought she smelled nice when dabbed (okay maybe poured) that perfume on herself.  It made me stop and think about all the times I've gotten a headache when showing property over the years.  I've also had buyers who have walked in and said... "nope, we can't see this one".  I've found as many as ten different flavored candles lit around a home.  

If you want to make your home smell good to buyers... just clean it.  Clean smells good.  And I don't mean make it smell like pine sol, just clean.  A clean home with no "scents" at all is what buyers like to see.  Don't distract them from trying to see your home with smells.

That cute little Irish Pub we went to Friday night will forever be known to us as the "headache place".  Don't let your house be known as the headache house or the stinky house or the smelly house. That chocolate cake candle might smell great to me, but it may make a potential buyer sick.  The smell of no smells and clean is the perfect house smell.

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Thanks Gene.  And it's been something I've had to deal with my entire adult life, but I'm finding more and more clients who deal with it as well and just can't go in some homes we plan to view.

May 11, 2014 05:36 AM #1
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Gene, I don't suffer from migraines but when I go into a house that has candles to attempt to hide smells, my stay is very short.  Most of the time the smell from the candles can be nauseating. 

 

May 11, 2014 10:31 AM #2
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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I hear ya, Tammy.  My wife's had these darn headaches since a teen.  Sure wish they could find something that addressed them better for the both of you ... and everyone else that suffers.  I was so glad to see your post ... I really think the better people are educated about this issue, the better for those that have these "triggers" ...

Gene

May 11, 2014 11:44 AM #3
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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George:  Totally understand.  There are just some places we don't go because of scents and smells.  Sounds like (unfortunately) we are not alone ...

Gene

May 11, 2014 11:45 AM #4
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Gene, thanks for reblogging this. I might have missed it... Smells can trigger all sorts of things both good and bad.  Some perfumes make me sneeze like crazy!

May 11, 2014 12:53 PM #5
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There are alot of different reactions to smells ... that's for sure, Tom.  Some have trouble with headaches .. others, their breathing.  You ... your sneezing!  We need to stop and think about what issues we might be causing others ...

Gene

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