Be Sensible When it Comes to Scents

Real Estate Sales Representative with Sutton Group Summit

Sniff, sniff. “What is that smell?”


That is definitely not the reaction you want a potential buyer to have when they view your house.

The problem with common household scents – from family pets, preferred cooking styles, smoking, or even hobbies such as model-making – is that we get accustomed to them. However, someone who enters the house for the first time will notice these aromas right away.

So, before a viewing appointment or open house, be sure household scents are under control. A good airing usually does the trick.

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David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
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Wow, you really hit that one right on the nose.

Feb 26, 2016 02:45 AM #1
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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This can be such a problem, and so many sellers are not aware. But I think some agents are at fault to, for not being honest with their clients about the issues. 

We often see (and smell) pets, as well as cooking odors, but it's also common for seller to be burning scented candles for showings. I personally find these annoying and offensive, as do many buyers, and typically people are suspicious rather than feeling - oh this house smells so good, let's take out time touring it. Better to tackle the smells you are trying to cover up.

Have a terrific weekend


Feb 26, 2016 04:03 AM #2
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