Eliminating strong and unpleasant odors from your home is crucial when your home is for sale.
Be sure you remove all the bad odors before you put your home on the market. In most cases, the smell is the first thing buyers notice when they enter your home. If there is a really bad smell, it will immediately put them off, and you may lose a sale.
Regardless of how beautifully staged your home is, unpleasant odors & stale air will turn off buyers. Opening windows and running ceiling fans will only take you so far, and that probably won’t eliminate the odors completely. To make sure you don't lose potential buyers, here are a few tips to help you make your home smell fresh and new.
1. Don’t Use Perfumed Sprays
Many home sellers make the mistake of spraying perfumed air fresheners, hoping that it will remove the odors. Room deodorizers fade fast, and will only mask the bad smells. In some cases deodorizers have an overwhelming scent, and buyers can tell its a buffer. They know you’re trying to hide a smell! Also, when someone walks in your home, the air freshener may cause an allergic reaction, like a runny nose or a headache. This could make them suspicious of an underlying odor too. So, instead of trying to mask the odor you should try to locate the source of the bad odor and remove it.
2. Pet Carpet Cleaners
Everyone loves their dogs and cats, and they are considered a part of the family. However, some pet odors can make your home smell really bad. Whether the odor is in the carpet or furniture, it is important to remove it. Most pet odors come from their accidents and sprays. You must attend to accidents immediately when they occur. First blot it with a paper towel, then use mild dishwashing soap to remove the odor. Once clean, you need to blot it again with fresh paper towels to dry the spot. If the accident is older, try using an enzyme cleaner to attack bad bacteria. You can also 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.
3. Use Green Cleaning Products
Using natural odor eliminators can be a great alternative to the chemicals. One of the most best products you can use is baking soda. Just put an open box in a room and it helps absorb many unwanted odors. Baking soda also helps remove musty aromas in other areas of the home, like lower levels and basements. In addition to being used to remove pet odors, it gets rid of cigarette smells also. If you don't want to use baking soda, most pet supply stores will have green cleaning products that help remove odors, while still being safe for your family. Of course, you can always hire a cleaning service that uses green products as well.