CT Real Estate Barbara Altieri : April 2014

CT real estate REALTOR Barbara Altieri shares market and general information on towns in Fairfield County and New Haven County.

Does the Smell Come With the House?

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.

Cigarette smoke
Potpourri
Scented candles
Pet smells and messes
Garbage smells
Must, mildew
Strong cooking odors like curry or fish
Dirty laundry
Dirty dishes in sink
Unflushed toilets
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.

  

 

Barbara Altieri, REALTOR®
Listing and Buyer's Agent
Certified Short Sales Specialist
RealtyQuest Real Estate Sales and Services Team

Kinard Realty Group
30 Huntington Street, Shelton CT 06484
Office -- 203.929.1752
Cell -- 203.520.6930
Email -- barbara.altieri@realtyquest.com

 

 

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