A recent article in the Times Colonist wrote about how the scent of a home can affect its sale to prospective buyers.
So what is the best house selling smell?
Real estate agents recommend that offending smells should not just be covered up with other scents, but removed completely.
“In my experience, the absence of smell is the best smell,” says Mark McDougall, an agent with Royal LePage Coast Capital. “It doesn’t offend.”
Over time, homeowners become immune to the smells in their house. Ever walk into a house with a dog and get floored by the stink? The dog owner probably doesn’t notice anymore. Cigarette smokers also become desensitized to the ashtray scent that lingers in curtains and upholstery.
Here are some tips for deodorizing your house before selling:
- Sprinkle carpets with baking soda before vacuuming. Try Arm & Hammer Carpet Care & Room Allergen Reducer & Odor Eliminator
- To get rid of cooking smells, open windows while cooking. Citrus air freshener sprays also are best for eliminating cooking odor.
- Use disinfectant deodorizer cleaners in the bathroom to get rid of mold, mildew and bacteria.
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