Fido may not be “Pawsome” when it comes to selling your home….

When you are getting ready to sell your home you need to invite your closest and best friend over and ask them….

“Does my house smell??”

Like I said…this is a job for your closest and best friend…the one who is going to give it to you straight.  As a seller this could cost you thousands down the road, so let them give it to you!  All of it!

While I am a four legged child owner myself, the fact of the matter remains that not every person is, and this can be a BIG turn off when potential buyer’s are looking for a new home.

Here are some statistics for you:

Over 56% of buyer’s say that bad odors are a complete turn off and deal breaker when they are searching for their home, and over 70% of buyer’s are put off by stains!  Yikes…see, I told you…DEAL BREAKER….

Also, many people shopping for a home may have allergies and no matter how much you clean they will know!  Top it off with bad odors….I hate to say it, but you are not getting an offer any time soon when your home has bad odors and stains that make the first impression on a potential buyer.

Eliminating bad odors from your home is incredibly important, you want to make sure you’ve removed them before putting it on the market. Often times, the first thing buyers notice upon entering your home, is how it smells. If there is an odd odor, it will instantly put them off. No matter how beautifully staged and presented it is, strong odors or stale air can make your home unappealing to prospective buyers. Opening windows and exhaust fans will only go so far in removing foul odors, but won’t generally eliminate it completely. To ensure you don’t lose potential buyers, follow these odor eliminating tips to ensure your home smells and feels fresh and new

Don’t Use Artificial Freshening Sprays

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Don’t make the mistake of spraying artificial room freshener sprays in hopes that it will remove the bad odor, because it won’t, plus it will be so overwhelming as a potential buyer enters your home. Deodorizers will quickly fade, and only mask the smell, sometimes in an overwhelming way. If a buyer walks into your home, your air freshener can cause a reaction, like a runny nose or a headache, and will make them suspicious of an underlying foul odor. Instead of trying to mask it, locate the actual source of the bad odor and get rid of it.  Even if that means hiring a professional cleaning company, I believe it’s well worth it in the long run.

Best Pet Carpet Cleaners for Accidents

We all love our furry friends, but unfortunately, they can get your home pretty smelly. Whether the smell is on the carpet, furniture, or even on the walls – it’s essential to have it removed. Most odors stem from accidents. You always want to attend to the accident right away. Blot them with a paper towel and use mild dishwashing liquid to help remove the odor. Once completely cleaned, blot again with fresh paper towels to dry the spot. If the accident is not recent, use an enzyme cleaner to eat the bad bacteria. Another great idea is to use activated charcoal. It is a form of carbon that has been activated to make it extremely porous. You can get activated charcoal meant for pet odors at most pet stores. 

Green Cleaning Products

Using natural odor eliminators is a great green alternative to most of the chemicals sold at stores. One of the most recommended products is to use baking soda. You can place an open box of it in a room to help absorb unwanted smells. It also helps to remove musty aroma in dark spaces, like a basement. On top of being used to remove pet odors, it also works great for cigarette smells. If you don’t wish to use baking soda, most pet supply stores will have green cleaning products that help remove odors, while still being safe for your household.

Follow these simple steps and you will be well on your way to that magical word….”SOLD”!!

Post any questions below or comments!  I am always happy to discuss our market and tips for you!


Sara Koenig | Broker

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