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How does smell affect your home sale?

Updated Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Buying a home is an emotional process, and the smallest things can leave a buyer with a lasting negative impression. When viewing homes in with clients one thing that seems to get noticed at almost every home is smell. It can be that the home smells nice or that it doesn’t smell very nice at all.

Our sense of smell is one of our greatest senses and, believe it or not, the way your home smells can greatly affect it’s value and the length of time it takes to sell.

Strong smells attach themselves to carpets, furniture, draperies and walls. Some of the most common culprits include mold, cooking smells, pets and smoking.

Prior to listing your home, consider asking a friend or family member to give you an honest opinion about the smell of your house if you have pets, cook with a lot of spices frequently or if you smoke.

Often a deep cleaning is needed to rid the house of the smell. Hiring a cleaning company to clean the carpets and upholstery can go a long way. It is recommended that you wash the walls well and then paint them especially if a home has been smoked in for many decades. Keeping the windows open as much as possible will also help to get rid of minor smells.

The smells in your home can have a direct impact on the selling price. If buyers think that they will have a lot of expense to clean and remove odours they may factor that into any offers that they make on your home. Some buyers will just be turned off and not even consider the home. Offensive smells can make a home sit on the market much longer than other similar homes in the same neighbourhood.

Once you have your house ready to list consider adding a mild fragrance to make your home smell more inviting. Remember that buying a house is an emotional experience and different smells can affect whether someone likes your home or not.

Avoid complex smells like pot pourri or strong air fresheners as they may make buyers wonder what you are trying to mask. Instead add a simple fragrance like lemon, pine or vanilla. Something that is easily recognizable so that people don’t wonder what the smell is.

While your home is on the market be sure to keep it smelling fresh by taking out the garbage frequently, cleaning the cat box or bathing the dog and avoiding strong cooking smells.

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