Imagine you’re viewing a potential new home. You walk in the front door
and are instantly impressed. You explore the property room by room and
like what you see.
Then there’s something you notice that’s not quite right. An odour. You
realize that it’s likely cat dander and, now that you’ve identified it, you smell
it everywhere. Suddenly the home doesn’t seem as attractive as it did just
The owner of the property is probably so used to the smell that he doesn’t
even notice it. Neither does anyone else in the household.
So, when marketing your home for sale, be scent sensitive. Think about the
odours that you may have become used to but others are likely to notice.
Even odours you think are pleasant, like the strong scent given off by some
house plants, may not be pleasing to everyone.
An odour can easily distract a buyer from appreciating the good qualities of
your property. Pay particular attention to garbage bins (which can smell
even when empty), pets, kitty litter (even when fresh and unused), the
kitchen (especially after cooking), perfumes, and closets.
The smell of cigarette smoke is particularly unpleasant to many people. Its
odour can linger even on an outside deck or patio.
Bottom line? Don’t assume buyers won’t notice certain smells. They will.
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