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Eliminating Home Odors Before Selling

Most of us forget that our home has a smell. Because we live in the space, because we spend so much of our time enveloped in its atmosphere, the various odors that naturally swirl throughout the space are forgotten by us as we go about reading on the couch, boiling water for coffee, or just lying on the carpet after a long day of work. The smell of other’s homes is well-known to us, and almost everyone has a story of a childhood friend – or even a current friend – who lives in a home that just smells, well, bad. But we rarely extend this possibility to ourselves.

If you are in the planning stages of a home sale, or if you are even just starting to toy with the concept, home odor is something that you are going to want to begin paying far more attention to. The simple reason behind this is that when people come to look at the space, they are going to be exploring with more than just their eyes. Noses are the often forgotten assistant for those looking to purchase a home. We trust – sometimes without even being aware of it – the messages relayed to us by our sense of smell, and if we enter a home with the intent of seeing if it suits our home-buying needs, there is a good chance that unpleasant odors will turn us off regardless of what the rest of the home looks like.

Some of the most unpleasant odors for home-buyers are caused by things such as:

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Cat urine
  • Dog dandruff
  • Mold
  • Poor airflow

If you are looking to sell your home, then you will want to address the odors as soon as possible. This means, first and foremost, attempting to pin down what the odors in your home even are. A good way to do this is to have a trusted friend come over and share with you what they think the house smells like. Ask them to include both good and bad smells in their feedback – at the end of the day, you are going to want to neutralize both as much as possible in order to create a clean template for prospective buyers to imagine themselves within the space.

Bad odors are nothing to despair over. If you fear your home doesn’t have the right smell to attract buyers, there are plenty of things you can do to begin to reduce or eliminate them. In our next piece, we will explore some of these options.

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