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Does your house smell?

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September 25th, 2012

Personal Moving Consultant If you can smell it, you can t sell it is a widely used quote by real estate agents for clients houses that need a scent makeover. Of course, houses smell; it s just that they all don t smell good. When sellers are preparing their house for sale, odors are usually the last thing they think about. After all, they re so accustomed to those odors they simply don t notice them. But strong or stale odors in a home are a deterrent to prospective buyers, often making the house take longer to sell and for less money.

What you can do

A house should smell good with no noticeable (unpleasant) odors. Buyers react negatively to cigarette smoke (which is often costly to remove), pet smells, and mold and mildew. A musty basement can mean unwanted moisture install a dehumidifier to minimize the smell. Tone down cooking odors while your house is on the market put away the garlic and curries and plan on eating out more often. Don t try to cover up odors with air fresheners the heavy perfume smell may lead buyers to think you re trying to cover something up. Take action to eliminate bad odors by cleaning the best smell is a clean smell. Buyers like to see and smell a fresh, clean house. Hire a professional cleaning service to get you started; before showings, open windows, turn on fans, and get the fresh air circulating throughout the house. If no odor is not your style, then the best scents to use when selling your house are vanilla, lemon, or cinnamon. After you ve eliminated unwanted house odors, it s time for the sniff test. First, go outside to clear your nasal passages. Then, step inside and take a whiff. You can also ask a personal moving consultant, like me, to do the sniff test. In my line of work, that s all part of the job of getting your house sold.