It Just Doesn't Make Scents...part two
Cats, dogs, work boots, hockey gear, last night's baked fish, the list goes on and on and on. Oh the nasty smells that can accumulate in our homes over the years that we no longer notice out of a highly developed sense of self preservation. Now your posting message is in and it's time to get the house SOLD!
Take a moment, go for a walk in the fresh air then walk back into your home. What do you smell? Take a look around the front entrance - what do you see? Work boots? Put them somewhere else and for heaven's sake - sprinkle them with foot powder! Is the entrance crowded with jackets, boots, shoes and backpacks? Shoes smell and so does the lunch you packed for Johnnie that he didn't eat last week. Get it organized and maybe use the closet by the garage for a bit. Wander into the living room or family room, where is the dog bed or the cat tree? Does your family space have a whiff of Eau D'autre Chein or the Perfume of Litter Box? As your Agent I will be insistent that the Litter Box be cleaned every day. Launder the old blanket that your dog uses for a bed while he is "guarding" the house, maybe give him a bath. Are Janey and Johnnie on the hockey team? Great! But the potential buyers don't need to know that just by the smell in your garage.
Speaking of garages... it's wonderful that you aren't smoking in your house anymore, but the garage can be quite an eye opener for a non-smoker who opens that door. You may want to give the garage a good cleaning too while you are at it. And if you happen to smoke other recreational products please don't do that in either the house or the garage, trust me...you aren't fooling anyone with those air fresheners (see part one).
Which leaves us with my favourite room in the whole house! Its where memories are made: big family celebrations, friends over for a BBQ, holiday dinners, can't you just smell the roast turkey? No? That's because you had cabbage rolls last night and it's lingering in the curtains and the table linens. Curtains, carpets and quilts are the leading scent sponges in the house. Take the curtains down and give them a wash and yes, I know it's pricey, but seriously consider having your carpets professionally cleaned prior to listing. You would be amazed at how much better they will look and it could cause your home to sell for more money if the buyers don't think they have to immediately change the flooring.
I know that I have just told you not to use heavy scented air fresheners so you are probably wondering how you are going to mask all of these smells and still sell your house? Well that is my whole point, don't mask these smells with other smells. Put the kids to work, take a weekend and really clean your house from top to bottom. Open some windows or if you are in a newer home take a look at the wall near your thermostat. See that weirdly out of place light switch? it's your home's air exchanger, turn it on. A little fresh air never hurt anyone.