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Dealing with Odors in Your Home

Welcome dear readers! In our last piece, we embarked on a discussion of household odors, something that must be tackled when considering home-selling. To briefly recap, we discussed how potential buyers will be exploring your home not only with their eyes but with their noses as well. In the spirit of making your home as welcoming and receptive as possible, it is essential that you gain an understanding of the various odors that might be present in your home for the purpose of being able to reduce or eliminate them as much as possible. We ended our last piece by admitting that it is difficult to know just what sort of smells might permeate your home, and that it is therefore useful to have a trusted friend come over to the house in order to share their thoughts with you on the sources and severity of any odors that might be present.

Even smells that you might find attractive, such as incense or garlic cooking on the stove, might be a turn-off to certain buyers. For this reason, many people attempting to sell their homes will do their best to remove any unique odors from the space and replace them with more neutral smells such as pine, lavender, or other non-dominating scents.

Before adding new smells into a location, however, you need to get the old ones out. There are, as always, several different methods with which this can be accomplished.


Opening the windows is the first line of defense against stale or overpowering smells within a house. Now, pay attention to the fact that we said windows, not window. Plural, in other words. Don’t just crack the bathroom skylight and call it a day. If you’ve got windows that open, they should be opened. This allows for fresh air to more fully wash through your space, sweeping out the unpleasant odors as it goes and replacing it with the smells of the outside.

This option is tricky during wintertime, but still worth attempting. If possible, and if it isn’t too cold, open the windows and then leave the house. Let it air out for a few hours before returning. When you get back home, feel free to crank the heat back up in order to make the space habitable!


Now, the suggestions above become nullified if the bad smells filling your home are coming from the vents themselves. If your home has central or forced air that is used for heating and cooling, then there are filters that must be changed regularly in order to provide the space with clean – and mostly odorless – air. When you turn on the heat does the house suddenly smell like must or mold? Then there is a good chance that your air filter needs to be changed.

At least, changing the air filter is the first step in this circumstance. If you find that you’ve changed the filter and the smells keep coming then you might need to look into getting the ducts themselves cleaned. This process, while not the most economical, will truly refresh the air circulating through the home and is something that prospective buyers will enjoy seeing on the listing.

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