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Air fresheners, air cleaners, essential oils all have their place but when I think of fresh air I think of this:

When it comes to "stinky" Real Estate the culprit is usually related to pets and pet urine. If you can smell urine in your home you can easily deduct $10,000 from your homes value or more. It's not as simple as replacing the carpet as urine usually penetrates the sub-floor and can even soak into floor joists.

Sellers often fight a low appraisal when they know the neighbors cookie cutter home next door was sold for $10,000 to $20,000 more then the appraised value of your their home. The answer is simple... your home stinks and the PROPER way to mediate the problem is going to cost $10,000 to $20,000.

Now wasn't that pet a wonderful idea?

Posted by

Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

A few years ago I went into a local open house where the smell punched you in the face from the second of entry.  The agent was newer and within 2 months they removed the home from the market.  I am pretty sure the agent didn't have the fortitude to tell the seller the truth. 

Apr 16, 2024 03:43 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Michael, it is a learning situation that new listing agents need to learn fast.

Apr 16, 2024 06:32 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. Some people are responsible and some are not. This who are not responsible should not have pets or should understand the price they will pay. Case closed. Enjoy your day.

Apr 16, 2024 03:49 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Case closed indeed Wayne. Regretfully many 1st time home owners have no clue. That is why I am all for pet parenting classes before purchasing or adopting. 

Apr 16, 2024 06:39 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Bob... I can't remember a time that I didn't have a cat and/or a dog or more in my home. My home has never smelled. Cat hair? I'll grant you that... but it's easy to vacuum or sweep up.

Apr 16, 2024 04:05 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I know that you are a meticulous home keeper Nina and also a wonderful advocate of pets. Spring and Fall are times when our vacuum struffles to keep up with Baby's shedding. 

Apr 16, 2024 06:44 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - to me, it seems the stinkiness of any situation can be found in multiple ways.  At times, it's out in the open.  And then there are those occasions, when it can be found beyond the surface by continuing to dig.  Deeper and deeper.  Ewww, what's that?  👃🤫👃

Apr 16, 2024 04:19 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Right on Michael. Sometimes the most basic knowledge is not there for a first time home owner. I had one couple think it was fine to let three dogs do their businesses in the unfinished basement not realizing that the urine was soaking into concrete to smell for ever.

Apr 16, 2024 06:51 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Oh yes, pet odors in a home are usually way more evident to visitors than to the people that live there. And they can definitely decrease the price a seller will get.

Apr 16, 2024 05:19 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I think in some cases it can totally destroy all resale value of a home Kat.

Apr 16, 2024 06:53 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I once listed a home for sale. It was furnished with the owner's belongings. I noted nothing of concern. We got into contract. The sale closed. It was only after the owner moved out that I could see the wall behind where her sofa had been was damaged by cat urine. It was a mess. I don't know how it was covered up during the sale process. We were so fortunate...just dumb luck, really...that the buyer did not put up a fuss.

Apr 16, 2024 08:28 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

perhaps the new owner was a cat owner and knew how to handle it John. What ever the reason you were lucky. 

Apr 16, 2024 09:36 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

I lost my 4 legged buddy years ago and yet no matter how much of a deep clean done multiple times, still find a hair ball from time to time.  Fortunately was house broke when we got her so do not need deal with that smell.  m

Apr 16, 2024 08:43 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Sorry about your loss Mark. We went several years between dogs and like you we found reminders for a long time. 

Apr 16, 2024 09:38 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Bob and I have a problem with the cat smell in listing and have to make the showing short for me.

Apr 16, 2024 09:05 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

You and I both Will. I can smell cat urine a mile away even if it's outdoors. 

Apr 16, 2024 09:40 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services


Indeed those stinky pet orders can be costly when it comes time to sell a home. Air fresheners will not solve the stink. It only makes it worse. 

Apr 16, 2024 10:31 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

That is how I feel too Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist . Layers of strong smell just don't work when the base is pet urine.

Apr 16, 2024 01:32 PM