Charcoal is Not Just for BBQ's ....

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

   There are some things that you have done for so long you forget how you learned about them....and the use of charcoal is one of those for us.

    There are times when we list an estate or you may have a listing of a property that is not a primary residence or one that has not been open for a while...a snowbird refuge.  The stale air trapped in the house hangs heavily like a dark cloud...AND it clouds the senses of all who enter.Stale air

    There are the very obvious things that you can windows, add a screen to the doors and let the fresh air in...bring in a dehumidifier...

    Be oh so careful that flowery fresheners are not the "cure" as they too can be overwhelming ...and allergy arousing for potential buyers and their agents. Like scent that is pleasing to one person is annoying to another.

    Flower air freshenerIf you have ever been in a property that has been closed up for a while ...and found this issue...which only gets more severe when you open cabinets, closets and drawers and the trapped air wafts through the know how unpleasant that can doesn't mean the house is poor condition...but this overwhelming odor can take over and when the "nose knows" it is a detriment to further pursuit of that house as a new home for a buyer.

   Of course...the common sense approaches of removing things that hold odors...heavy window treatments...a deep cleaning, carpet shampooing and fresh paint help of course.

     Another thing that is easy...inexpensive and very worthwhile is crumbling charcoal briquets and putting them in closets, cabinets...and open in rooms (removed before you begin showings of course) .This charcoal "filter"Charcoal absorbs odors without covering them with an overwhelming scent.  In the midwest and northern states this may be more of a seasonal item and we always have a bag on hand to be used in houses regardless of the season.

    The "nose knows" and now you know it more 

tool to make that house a more attractive choice to call

home !

    If you or anyone you know is looking to sell or buy a home in southeastern the Hansons, we are honored to be service for all things real estate.

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Congratulations on your feature recognition. This is a great suggestion.

Jun 08, 2016 10:05 PM #31
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I have been using this trick for some time. I use a little mesh bag Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Jun 09, 2016 01:17 AM #32
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Oh my gosh - I can't believe I never thought of that! What a great idea! I've got a listing in mind and I'm heading over there tomorrow with a bag of briquettes! Thank you!

Jun 09, 2016 08:58 AM #33
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                        Thank you Sally K. & David L. Hanson for my ah-ha moment. 

Jun 11, 2016 10:58 AM #35
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sally and David. This is a great post and a wonderful solution to a real problem. Thank you for sharing.

Jun 11, 2016 09:12 PM #36
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Sally. Charcoal is indeed a great filter without the obnoxious masking odor. Enjoy your day!

Jun 11, 2016 09:23 PM #37
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Thanks for sharing this trade secret. However, I will be using charcoal today to cook burgers for all at my home.

Jun 12, 2016 12:15 AM #38
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Sally and David, I included this post in today's Last Week's Favorites!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. 

Jun 12, 2016 12:25 AM #39
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Activated carbon process is used universally to purify water or air odor (ABATEMENT).

It works better with air circulating or lots of air movement than inside a closet.

Jun 12, 2016 01:00 AM #40
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

My car needs a dose of charcoal! My sunroof started to leak without my knowledge and now it's a little smelly in there. And I HATE air fresheners. Either that or get a new car.

Jun 12, 2016 01:59 AM #41
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Easy and inexpensive way to battle odor! Great advice!

Jun 12, 2016 04:24 AM #42
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

You are so smart and so practical to come up with this relatively easy solution. I like Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington idea to use a small mesh bag.

Jun 12, 2016 12:25 PM #43
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Sally and David this is great solution for vacant properties with odor.  I am going to use this.  Thank you.


Jun 12, 2016 03:50 PM #44
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

Awesome tip.  I can't wait to try it.  Thanks!

Jun 12, 2016 10:48 PM #45
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Never considered charcoal.  Seems like an inexpensive solution worth trying.

Jun 13, 2016 01:23 AM #46
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Sally, this is good information that could make the difference in sale or not.

I had not thought of using charcoal. That would be far better than the perfumed air fresheners that could cause an allergic reaction to a Buyer.

Thanks for the tip

Jun 13, 2016 11:08 AM #47
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hey there Sally K. & David L. Hanson -what great advice, I have never used charcoal but it might cover up the smell of moth balls in my house that I use to deter the mice!!!!

Jun 14, 2016 12:13 PM #48
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Sally, where have you BEEN all of these years holding out on us!! LOVE this idea, as I have cabins all of the time that get that "musty" smell, from being closed up for a season or two. 

Darn, better go to the local store and get a whole bunch of these! (And wear gloves when I crumble). 

Jun 15, 2016 01:31 PM #49
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

 Sally K. & David L. Hanson  I have personally encountered the use of charcoal in homes I have shown to buyer prospects and it caused me to seach for the cause of the odor driving the homeowners to use it.

Jun 29, 2016 08:47 PM #50
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

A great tip! Thanks so much. I will have to try this. 

Jan 03, 2018 12:31 PM #51
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