Bad Smells in a Home and How They Affect the Sale of Your Home

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Buyers will notice if something in your home doesn’t smell right. Whether it’s because you smoked in the house, you have pets or there’s another type of odor, potential buyers will notice.

While you may think images and staging will help sell your home, and they will, getting rid of the odor plays a big role. There are several things you can do to make sure your home sale isn’t affected by a bad smell.

Did you know homes owned by smokers may sell for 10% to 20% less than a home owned by a non-smoker? This is due to the odor and the need for a complete interior washing and maybe even repainting of walls to get rid of the smell. Here are a few tips to help with the smell.

Remove Your Pets Early

If possible, remove your pets from the home as early as possible in the sales process. This will help the smell of pets dissipate and give you the time to clean the home without pets making it smell, again. While you may not notice the smell of your pets, someone not accustomed to their odor will notice.

Hire Professional Cleaners

A very good way to eliminate odors from your home is to hire professional cleaners. Let the cleaners know you want the home deep cleaned and let them go to work. They will certainly help get rid of any odors lingering in your home.

Don’t Try to Mask the Smell

If you try to use perfume or air fresheners to mask the smell, it will only make things worse. Have you ever hugged a smoker that is trying to cover up the smell with perfume? It’s not pleasant. Trying to mask the smell in your home will cause a similar type of situation for potential buyers.

Keep Your Home Clean

Hiring professional cleaners to do a deep cleaning is only step #1. You must also keep the home clean after they have done the cleaning. This means taking the trash out regularly, keeping dishes from piling up and doing your laundry before it started to pile up.

There are several things you can do to make your home smell nice and pleasant to potential buyers. Speak with your real estate agent about some of the things you can do to keep a bad smell from ruining the sale of your home.

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