Don’t try selling a home that smells
Are you thinking of selling your home? If your home has smells, either from cooking, pets, mold or mildew, or cigarette smoke, you may have a hard time getting people to be interested in buying it.
Many people are sensitive to smells, and will be turned off as soon as they walk into a home that has odors. Many sellers focus on the visual aspect of staging their home, but do not put much thought into how their house smells.
Here are a few things about smells, and what can be done to make your home odor neutral.
- You can’t hide smells — you need to eliminate them. Buyers who don’t smoke and never have will be able to detect the smell of cigarettes, pets and their messes, and even intense home cooking smells, often from their first step into the home. So it’s essential to approach your challenge as it really is: to remove or eliminate the odors, versus simply spraying something on top of them.
To someone who is sensitive or allergic to cigarette smoke, the only thing worse than the smell of smoke is the saccharine-sweet, fake floral scents someone has sprayed right on top of cigarette smoke odors.
- Take odor-specific steps to vanquishing smells. What you must do to truly eliminate an odor depends on the odor itself. With pets, often a thorough vacuum, carpet cleaning and washing any upholstery, curtains, blankets or other textiles in the home can go a long way, but to truly eliminate the odors an Ozone treatment of the home will be needed. If a pet has repeatedly had accidents on a particular spot of floor or carpet, it might require replacing or refinishing.
Cooking odors are similar, and can often be vanquished with a good scrubbing down of kitchen walls and floors, ceilings, and even range hoods and vent fans/filters; painting the kitchen walls and ceilings is not overkill.
But smoking is the big daddy of all odors, because (a) it is typically done chronically, for years, and (b) by its nature, smoke can get into every crack and crevice. To get rid of the smell from cigarettes will require a good scrubbing of all surfaces, and a professional ozone treatment of the home. Ozone is a natural oxidizer that destroys odors.
When you decide to sell your home you want to get the best price for it that you can. Cleaning the home, making the outside look nice are things that need to be done, but having a professional Odor elimination company treat the inside of the home is another step that should be considered. Most people cannot smell the odors in their own home because they have lived with them for years. Have someone you know check your home for odors. If they do not live in the home, they will be able to pick up any odors that are there.