The problem with household smells is that we get accustomed to them… when they are in our *own* homes. However, it takes just a few seconds in a stranger’s home to know if a smoker lives there. Or even just to notice the scent of their home in general (it’s not always bad). The smell is in the air!
So when you put your home on the market, think about the common smells you might have lingering around your property. Remember, you may no longer notice them, but a prospective buyer will.
These may include:
- A diaper bin in the baby’s room
- Kitty litter
- Model making glue
- Paints, even if the cans or tubes are closed tightly
- Food. The aroma of a spicy meal can linger for hours
- Garbage cans. Even empty ones, if they are not clean
- Strong smelling soaps, perfumes, and other cosmetics and toiletries
- Flowers and other plants
- Firewood, (especially pine)
- Outdoor shoes
- Door mats are especially prone to stains and smells.
Try to eliminate as many odors as possible. An hour or so before a viewing, open a few windows to give your home a breath of fresh air.