Top 5 Smells That Send Homebuyers Running

Dated: 03/24/2016

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Smells are something you remember for a long time.  


The smell of grandma's kitchen around the holidays. The smell of cookies being baked or brownies being made. Thoughts like these trigger smell and taste almost instantly (is your mouth watering?) It's easy to summon memories when these familiar smells come around again, and put yourself right there. Right now. In the kitchen. With the cookies. Mmmm. 


And then there are the not so pleasant smells. The kinds of smells that can completely change a person's mind in an instant and turn them around to never return to a property again. 


I've had clients have asthma attacks because of an overwhelming air freshener smell in a house. It's no joke.  


So if you're planning on selling your home, take a big whiff of what's going on. Here are some of the top offenders: 


Pets - I love my animals, so this one hits close to home. It's easy to become used to the dog smell on a blanket, but someone who doesn't have pets will notice right away. Clean any accidents on the floor, wash any bedding the pets use, and clean litter boxes frequently. It's always good to keep the place vacuumed too if your fur babies shed. This will help reduce any allergic reactions by potential buyers, and eliminate any concern over the pet odor. 


Cleaners -There are like 10000 different cleaning products out there for all kinds of people. If you use something strong that leaves a strong scent, open a window or find another cleaner. Using things like bleach and ammonia can be overpowering to some people. 


Smoke - This one is probably the most obvious. Even for smokers, the smell of stale and lingering smoke can be a turn off. Going outside is your best option, but if that doesn't work, open a window and let some fresh air in. Doing anything you can to alleviate the smoke will definitely attract and retain more interest in the property. 


Mold/Mildew - Aside from the unpleasant smell, this could be an indication of a more serious issue as well. Everyone expects basements to smell like, well, basements. But no one expects the basement to smell moldy or wet. If there is a more serious problem, look into remediation and finding the source of the moisture. 


Air Fresheners - Used sparingly, air fresheners can lend to the staging of the house. But if you overdo it, and you'll have a problem. It's important to keep in mind that air fresheners are not a fix for any of the above smells. Covering something up doesn't make it better.   

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