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Turnoff Tuesday – Stinky Stenches

Strong odors in a home can be a powerful deterrent to prospective buyers, often leading to a slower sale and most likely at a much reduced price.  While some buyers are more tolerant of odors, everyone has a reaction to them.  Some of the biggest offenders are: cigarette smoke, cat urine, dog odors, cat litter, dirty laundry, reeking shoes, dirty diapers, rotting food, mold, and mildew.  Even strong cooking smells can be unpleasant so try to avoid things like deep frying, curries, fish, and garlic.

Some of these issues can be easily handled and some can be very costly to get rid of or fix.  It’s in your best interest to address the root cause before you list.

Even the smell of air fresheners can be overwhelming to some and several of them scattered around a home will lead buyers to believe that you are trying to cover up something.

It’s difficult sometimes for home owners to detect bad smells in their own home.  Even real estate agents may be uncomfortable about broaching the subject with you.  That’s where a professional home stager comes in.  They are trained to identify odors and help you to come up with a plan to eradicate them.

Once the problem is fixed and the home thoroughly cleaned, another idea is to introduce positive smells into your home such as fresh baked bread, pies, or cookies.  Fresh flowers, simmering citrus, vanilla, or lightly scented candles (which can be used for decor) are other pleasant aromas that will appeal to viewers.

Always make sure your home smells light, clean, and fresh when prospective buyers are viewing.  It just Makes $en$e.



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