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What's That Smell ?!?

Thursday, February 14, 2019   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

What's That Smell ?!?

Eliminate Odors In Your Home

Eliminating bad odors from your home is incredibly important, you want to make sure you've removed them before putting it on the market. Often times, the first thing buyers notice upon entering your home, is how it smells. If there is an odd odor, it will instantly put them off. No matter how beautifully staged and presented it is, strong odors or stale air can make your home unappealing to prospective buyers. Opening windows and exhaust fans will only go so far in removing foul odors, but won't generally eliminate it completely. To ensure you don't lose potential buyers, follow these odor eliminating tips to ensure your home smells and feels fresh and new.

Ask Your BFF To Give It A Sniff

When it comes to your home's smell, you need someone you can trust. Most people don't want to tell you your house stinks, and most likely you have olfactory fatigue. In other words, we all possess noseblindness when it comes to smelling our own stench. We're so used to our own home's smell that our nose has literally adapted to the scent. So ask your closest friend to come over and be brutally honest about their first impression. If they confirm there is an unwholesome effluvium, you'll need to get to work removing it in order to keep buyers from running the opposite direction. Homes with unpleasant aromas will languish on the market becoming stagnant, and often end up selling for less than market value.

Don’t Use Artificial Freshening Sprays

Don't make the mistake of spraying artificial room freshener sprays in hopes that it will remove the bad odor. Deodorizers will quickly fade, and only mask the smell, sometimes in an overwhelming way. If a buyer walks into your home, your air freshener can cause a reaction, like a runny nose or a headache, and will make them suspicious of an underlying foul odor. Instead of trying to mask it, locate the actual source of the bad odor and get rid of it. If carpet cleaning doesn't do the trick, you may want to consider replacing carpet or painting rooms where necessary.


Best Pet Carpet Cleaners for Accidents

We all love our furry friends, but unfortunately, they can get your home pretty smelly. Whether the smell is on the carpet, furniture, or even on the walls - it's essential to have it removed. Most odors stem from accidents. You always want to attend to the accident right away. Blot them with a paper towel and use mild dish washing liquid to help remove the odor. Once completely cleaned, blot again with fresh paper towels to dry the spot. If the accident is not recent, use an enzyme cleaner to eat the bad bacteria. Another great idea is to use activated charcoal. It is a form of carbon that has been activated to make it extremely porous. You can get activated charcoal meant for pet odors at most pet stores.

Green Cleaning Products

Using natural odor eliminators is a great green alternative to most of the chemicals sold at stores. One of the most recommended products is to use baking soda. You can place an open box of it in a room to help absorb unwanted smells. It also helps to remove musty aroma in dark spaces, like a basement. On top of being used to remove pet odors, it also works great for cigarette smells. If you don't wish to use baking soda, most pet supply stores will have green cleaning products that help remove odors, while still being safe for your household.

Isn't It Obvious?

A home's smell is one of the most often overlooked factors when selling a home. It may not be obvious to you, but it will be to prospective buyers. It is not something that should be taken lightly, as it can literally cost you thousands if a malodor isn't properly mitigated. Take the necessary steps before listing your home to ensure your home smells fresh and free of any negative emanations.




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