While we get used to the smells in our own homes, when it comes time to list, it is time to freshen up. Smells, don’t sell! Here is a bit of advice from your neighborhood realtor.
Believe it or not, people make up their minds about if they will or will not buy a home within about 8 seconds. Yes, that’s right! Study after study reveal that a buyer will make up their mind that quickly! The buyer wants to imagine themselves living there, so besides removing clutter and staging your house to maximize curb appeal and attractiveness, we want to create an illusion of comfort and freshness, to help a buyer attribute your cleanliness to how well you have taken care of your home.
Realtor.com reports the Top 3 smell offenders are:
1. Pet Odor
2. Smoke Smell
3. Cooking Odors
When it’s show time put all dog beds and toys away, keep dog beds laundered and clean, and if possible, keep pets out of sight.
While your house is on the market try to let in fresh air often. Smokers are generally accustomed to the odor, while non smokers will pick up on the scent quickly and could be turned off by it. If you have to smoke at home, smoke outside and away from the house, being careful to dispose of cigarettes, safely, and completely out of sight.
After meals do your best to clean all surfaces and dispose of scraps by emptying your garbage can. Sanitize your waste receptacles every few days with a disinfectant spray. Don’t forget to neutralize disposal odors with a citrus rinse periodically. Be careful about what you’re cooking if you know you have a showing coming up as some odors linger longer than others.
For more tips on getting rid of a variety of smells read http://www.realtor.com/advice/sell/remove-bad-smell-from-home/ .
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