Atlanta Real Estate - Home Smells

From the moment that a potential buyer walks through the door of your home, they will make a judgement based on all of their senses: sights, sounds, smells, and the feeling in the home. Most home sellers don’t think about the way their home smells, because it is a familiar smell that they are comfortable with.

But, it is important that you deliberately manage the way your home smells, because that smell might influence the potential buyer in a positive or negative way.

Bad Smells Drive Away Home Buyers

A bad smell is one of the worst things that you can have in your home, because you don’t want the potential buyer to gag from the moment they walk through the door. If it smells bad enough, then they might shorten the viewing or leave right away because they don’t want to deal with the unpleasant smell.

There are a variety of reasons that you might have stinky smells in your home: the litter box needs to be changed, last night’s sautéed fish is still lingering in the house, or you forgot to take out the diaper pail. When a potential buyer gets a whiff of those scents, then it will leave a negative impression on them.

So, you need to make sure that you are proactive to clean up any messes or things that might impact the smell of your home. A few steps can make a big difference to improve the scent, and you need to think about getting rid of the bad smells and adding in pleasant smells at the same time.

Keep in mind that “neutralizing” spray products don’t actually solve stink problems, because these products simply mask the smell. You need to get rid of the source of the smell if you want to make a difference.

Smells to Sell Your Home

Once the bad smell is gone, think about the positive things that might improve the scent in your home. Instead of adding a strong, overpowering smell, it is better to go for a neutral scent that will be pleasant to everyone.

For example, you might love the scent of lilacs and lavender, but it could be a repulsive scent for someone else who visits the home. Or, even worse, that person might be allergic to the scent!

Creating a neutral scent means that the space is clean, in an attempt to minimize any type of scent. Here are some suggestions to get the neutral, good scent that you are trying to achieve:

  • Have the carpets professionally cleaned, or replace them
  • Mop the floors with a lightly scented cleaner
  • Scrub the bathrooms and kitchen, and focus specifically on any potentially moldy areas
  • If the weather is warm, open the windows to allow a breeze in the rooms
  • Wash pet toys and bedding
  • Clean out the litter box and take pet supplies out to the garage
  • Get rid of the diaper pail

Do you have other questions about preparing your home to sell it? Let Duffy Realty of Atlanta help! Call us today to learn more: (678) 318-1700

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