Does the Smell Come With the House?
When my clients and I walked into a home showing recently the first words out of the buyer’s mouth were,
“Does the smell come with the house?”
Trying to accurately identify the source of the smell was difficult as it was a combination of litter box, wet dog and a slight 'eau de skunk'. Not too pleasant.
Wet, more humid air will really make latent odors surface. But there had been no rain in recent days. However, I did learn the owners were away and the house was closed up.
Even so, the only smell I want to smell when entering a house is the smell of a CLEAN house! My clients felt the same. We discussed how odors could be eradicated BUT, what WAS that smell in the first place? Was it in the carpets, walls, furniture, hardwood? No way of telling immediately but they did tell me….
"No, sorry, not this house.”
If selling, take note of these smelly turnoffs.
Pet smells and messes
Strong cooking odors like curry or fish
Dirty dishes in sink
Too much scented spray odor eliminators
If you are selling your house, make sure each room is cleaned thoroughly. I always recommend NO scents around the house, no matter how minimal. Keep the house aired out to prevent stale, smelling air.
Ask your agent to be honest with how the house smells when you are ready to list. Smells do not sell! Don’t be offended by a response that might require more cleaning. If you want to sell your house, it MUST smell clean! Do what you need to do to get the house sold.
Want further proof? Unpleasant odors was one of Biggest Home Seller Mistakes in a survey conducted by ActiveRain, the largest real estate network in the US.
By the way, my buyers did like that house. They just could not get past the total turnoff of the mystery smell(s).
Smells do evoke emotional responses.