The short answer is yes. Unusual odors in your home can turn off buyers and limit your home’s ability to sell quickly and for the best price. Buyers with allergies or young children may walk away from your home if it has strong pet or cigarette odors. Kitchen odors can also give the impression that your house isn’t clean.
If you are thinking of selling your home or currently have it on the market, make sure you follow these tips to keep your house smelling clean and fresh and avoid scaring off potential buyers:
♦ Since odor is often caused by bacteria, identify the source of the odor and clean thoroughly using anti-bacterial cleansers. If the odor remains, consider hiring a professional cleaner who can use more powerful cleaning tools and cleaning products.
♦ Minimize odor build-up by taking out kitchen and bathroom trash frequently. Throw out any food from your refrigerator that may be going bad.
♦ Use your stove fan when cooking and avoid cooking anything with potent odors, such as fish or garlic, before a showing.
♦ Consider using pleasing scents such as vanilla, lavender, or cedar throughout the house. Essential oil diffusers or candles work well.
♦ Keep litter boxes clean and pets bathed.
Follow these simple tips to ensure bad odors don’t sour the sweet smell of a successful home sale.