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P.U. This one stinks! Just don't let it be your house....

What's that funny, funky smell in the house? Did someone die in here?

smelly house for saleSelling your home in Litchfield County CT? Take a wiff and see if it stinks!

Years ago an agent I know was pulling up listings to show a buyer and the remarks on one house said... "P.U. This one stinks!" And that was all it said in the description. The listing agent was spot on from what we all heard when she returned from showing the property. 

The other day we were out previewing homes and noticed a theme. Out of the 12 houses we saw, the majority of them "smelled" and it wasn't good. From the least expensive to the most expensive, smells aren't picky. 

Musty smells, pet odors, smoke and just plain funky smells that I couldn't identify. Then there was that "what died in here" smell. It was not a delight to the senses. 

Trust me on this one, buyers will notice. Buyers notice EVERYTHING.

Buyers senses kick into high gear when they drive up to a house. Sight, sound and SMELL! They notice every detail, and something like a bad smell will kill the deal for sure. 

I know we can get used to our own "smells". Usually you can spend a few moments outside in the fresh air, go back inside and see what your house smells like. Or invite that one friend over who is always brutally honest. Suck it up and find out the truth... does my house smell like a dead rat? 

If it's a musty smell, there might be a problem. Check your attic for signs of a roof leak, check the vents to make sure your house can breathe, check around the doors and windows for any leaking into the walls. Check plumbing, under sinks, etc. Check in the basement for water. Put your nose to the floors and see if you can track down where the smell is coming from! Once you identify the source you can address it. 

Pet odors are fairly simple to figure out. Years ago we had a dog that smelled no matter what you did. He just smelled all the time, clean or not. Even the other dogs seemed offended when Gurt came near them. It was a good thing that he rarely came into the house, but oh boy did he stink. Thank goodness I have not had another like him.

Make sure your pet bedding is clean, and maybe it is time for the pooch to have a bath? Cat odors are harder to get rid of, keep those cat litter boxes clean. Really clean. There are products out there that can help, so they say. I use Zero Odor and Natures Miracle for my kitty smells. It seems to do the trick. I have had clients that ended up ripping up carpets and came close to having to replace the subflooring to get rid of cat accident smells. 

Food smells? Try simmering a pot filled with half vinegar and half water. Or try water with orange and lemon peels in it. 

Is there a body buried in the basement? It sure smells like it!

dead animal smellThe dreaded dead animal smell. Yes, it happens. Sometimes you can walk into a house and wonder what died in here! Truth of the matter is, perhaps a small critter got inside the walls and bought the farm. Honestly, only time will solve that problem if you have rotting critters in your walls. 

Not only will buyers not like the smell of rotting vermin, but they won't like the idea that there are vermin in the house at all!

Plug up holes around the house and whatever you do, don't use bait (poison). You stand a really good chance of them dying inside the walls from using a bait product. Trap them and dispose of the body outside or call in a professional to rid yourselfs of the vermin. 

When trying to de-funk your house try products that don't have heavy, perfumy or flowery smells. That just adds to the funky-ness of the smell and makes it harder to take. Take a more natural approach or call in a professional to de-funkify your home.

Nothing will stop a buyer dead in their tracks faster than a house that stinks!

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

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Comment balloon 63 commentsAndrea Swiedler • October 04 2013 07:56AM


Andrea it's always interesting when both the sellers and the listing agent say....what smell?  One time it wa so bad I couldn't believe it and said to the agent - you've got to be kidding me.  She wasn't.  We backed out the front door and never made it past the entry way.  P.U. is right! Not a good thing when selling anything - and especially a home.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS, 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 6 years ago

Anna Banana, I had a listing once that would get a real funky smell every once in a while. Not all the time though. When it was there, it was bad, bad, bad. I remember one agent turning to me and saying... Hey, use lime over a dead body when you bury it in the basement, it won't stink so bad! Yikes... we never found out what the smell was though.... even after repeated attempts. The house did sell, but it took a long time. 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 6 years ago

funny thing is sometimes the sellers have not a clue about any smells.. smell does not sell

Posted by Mark Loewenberg, KW 561-214-0370 (KW of the Palm Beaches) over 6 years ago

Andrea, We all certainly do get used to the everyday smells in our home. My big offender is broccoli. Need I say more.  That is when I need to open the windows and air out my house.  

You offer great tips here for ensuring a stinky house does not kill the deal. 

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Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 6 years ago

Preview, preview, preview.  Some odors are just too bad to ignore.  I'll never forget one home that I previewed and the pet urine odor was so bad I never even opened the front door.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 6 years ago

The smell for today would be dog urine. Yes, the agent told me this home was move-in ready. Hmm, would he let his baby crawl around on those floors?

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 6 years ago

Not much worse than a smelly home.  I even get nervous when there are good smells (candles burning, for example) thinking there might be a bad smell being hidden.

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) over 6 years ago

Sometimes, Hygiene is the hardest thing to most people.

Posted by Michael Ha Elmhurst, Woodside, Maspeth (Rego Park, Forest Hills, Jackson Heights, Corona, Middle Village) over 6 years ago

Odors can be not only offensive they can be downright hazardous.  I recall one vacant house, which had a bad odor the moment we opened the door.  The source was the worst case of black mold in a bathroom I had ever seen.  The tile had been removed from the bath-shower area, and exposed particle board behind was solid black.  My eyes continued to water for several hours, and for awhile I couldn't seem to clear the effect of that odor from my lungs. 

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 6 years ago

I must admit there is an odor in one of my listings and the sellers refuse to listen to me.. I have tried a deodorizer..  called in the exterminator..but nothing.. it is frustrating.

Posted by Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets! (Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty) over 6 years ago

This is a great post.  I think it is important for folks to make sure there is NO ordor in their home. I hosted an open house recently and the seller had a different sent candle in very room.. I sneezed and sneezed.  I would prefer someone baking cookies or apple pie. Please not incense and no candles.. Many buyers have allergies.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 6 years ago

I had one listing that was a real stinker. It seemed that couple would not eat meat on Fridays and that was the perfect day to cook fish. You guest it most of the showing were on the weekend and maybe if lucky that fish order was gone by Sunday. It was mentioned here before on AR to cover it up to the point it over board. Someone here told the story that they found like a dozens air fresheners in one small house, something like 2or 3 in a room. Sure sign of cover up!

Posted by Chuck Mixon, Cutler Bay Specialist, GRI, CDPE, BPOR (The Keyes Company) over 6 years ago

I agree with Joan here...a neutral smell or no odor would be the's just as bad using all those chemical air freshener plug-ins, candles, and sprays to cover up a foul odor. 

Posted by Jessica E. Roberts (EXIT Realty Achieve ) over 6 years ago

Andrea I don't care how great the house looks, if it smells that will be the only thing that will be remembered

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 6 years ago

Odors can be a tough one to bring to the Sellers attention, but it always best as a potential Listing Agent to mention anything you notice at the outset.  You are right that most owners have just gotten used to the smell and can be really embarassed when it is brought up.  If handled in the right way, you can bring the odor problem to their attention and not have them take offense.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 6 years ago


Yes, there a lot more smelly homes these days. It seems that sellers are oblivious to their stink houses but buyers and their agents are turned off right away.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 6 years ago
Hi Andrea, Years agao, a referred client wanted me to list her home. She smoked 2 packs a day for decades and the home was not cleanable. All the dry wall had to be replaced and it was over 10 grand to just get the smell out. New flooring, new appliances and cabinets and it sold for full price and she was grateful for the advise to completly redo the interior. She moved to a senior care facility and never smoked again. But she made a handsome return on her home.
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 6 years ago



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Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 6 years ago

And buyers spend a whole heck of a lot less time in a house that has an odor.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 6 years ago

Andrea, a while back I had a single mom client with three very active teenage boys, the home always smelled like a locker room. After two months and no contracts she had the boys shower morning and night and did the laundry every evening. It went under contract the next week.

Posted by Nancy Laswick, Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun (United Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Andrea, the suggestions you've provided on getting rid of common household odors are very useful. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) over 6 years ago

I'm very sensitive to smells, so I always try to keep my 'pocker' face.....Every house has its own smell, some of them are pleasant, some far from it. Yet, seems the owners are so used to that smell that they don't even notice any.

My little tip: allow fresh air in.  Even if you live near the noisy street, open those windows before the showings or open house( amazing, but some people never ever open windows....

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) over 6 years ago

There's no better smell in a house than "clean."  If a house is on the market, every surface needs to be *Sparkling* clean, and the house should be aired out daily, for at least 15 minutes each time.  As your post mentioned, pets and their belongings can harbor all kinds of odors, so sellers have to stay on top of these issues every single day ... if they want to sell their home for top dollar.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 6 years ago

That's funny the agent wrote in the description "PU this one stinks." LOL It seemed when we had too many bank-owned homes on the market, they all stunk!! Smells are sooo personal....

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 6 years ago

I'm glad you brought up those simple steps / solutions to avoid those bad odors.  Great reminders for the sellers!

Posted by Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor (MBA Broker Consultants) over 6 years ago

Some will argue "if it smells I can't sell it". Anything will sell but for more money if the real estate home buyer does not start humming during the walk through the Skynyrd song.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 6 years ago

Oh yes, smells can be such a big turn off and once a buyer's senses react like that, they are turned off to the house.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 6 years ago

Andrea, even someone with a bad nose will smell the odor in a house that will kill a deal. Some owners are so accustomed to the smell that they get offended if they are told it smells

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 6 years ago

Thank you for the great tips. I will share this post with sellers.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 6 years ago

Mark, smell does not sell indeed, unless it is the smell of baking cookies!

Kathleen, thank you! Broccoli is a big one indeed, as is fish and garlic.

Lenn, we decided the theme of the day was smelly homes, it was amazing. Certain smells can indicate trouble, that's for sure.

Tammie, ick... what more can I say? Move in ready for a family of dogs?

John, and those candles are often overwhelming too. I know what you mean.

Michael, sometimes it really is.

Myrl, and I have a problem with certain molds. I would have been running out the door on that house!

Gay, not fun at all. There are times when you feel like you need to bring in a psychic to determine where the smell is coming from!

Chuck, I saw a home recently where there were multiple air fresheners in each room, and it was horrible. Fish odor is tough... and it can be so... fishy.

Jessica, there are great products that have no smell, especially the enzyme type ones.

George, you got that right! Thinking of each house I saw the other day I can actually recall the smell. Not good.

Chris Ann, it is hard to tell someone that their house smells, but it is so necessary.

Richard, they often are oblivious and that is very hard to break it to them. But buyers sure hate those smells!

William, wow, that is amazing. I showed a house once where I feared they would have to rip out all the walls and carpets. My buyers ran so fast out the door it wasn't funny.

Laura, LOL, thank you! Never, never is right!

Richard, they sure do!

Nancy, I remember a home where there were a few teenage boys and oh my did the upstairs stink. We saw it on our caravan, all the agents were brutally honest with the listing agent. She didn't know what to do, how to break it to the home owner.

Ralph, you are welcome!

Inna, fresh air is always a good idea, sometimes it is too hot or too cold to do that though.

Maureen, as you can air them out it is a very good idea! If they want to sell the certainly do have to take care of them.

Pamela, it was funny and very, very sad indeed. And it did stink... badly.

Regina, thank you!

Andy, LOL... you are too funny!

Debbie, they are. They are afraid they will never get rid of the smells.

Ed, they often do get offended, but hey, we have no choice if we want the house to smell. OF course you can always wait for the first feedback.... if you are too chicken.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 6 years ago

Gita, thank you! 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 6 years ago

Dead animals in a house are just awful. Sometimes with the really old houses figuring out where they are getting in can be of issue. We do hope that nothing is in the walls on the day of a showing.. Ugh!

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) over 6 years ago

Andrea, great tips and reminders, thanks for posting.  You are 100% right - no order at all is best, and if you can't make that happen, bake cookies (and be sure to invite me over to help you eat them ;-).

Posted by Ann Zieve, Unmatched Ownership Experience (Keller Williams Success Realty) over 6 years ago

When i wear my real estate investor hat. .I love houses that smell. . . less competition!

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 6 years ago

Buyers ALWAYS notice smells; I'm pretty sensitive to them myself, but sometimes they'll pick up on smells I never even noticed.

It's so important to get rid of any smells that could be remotely distracting.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 6 years ago

Janice, dead animals in the walls are a huge issue... it will go away but you need to figure out HOW they are getting in there. 

Ann, I don't bake, LOL, but I do love it when a house smells like fresh baked anything!

Fernando, LOL.. I guess that is one way to look at it!

Kat, it is, that musty smell can be a tough one to get rid of though. There is a reason why it smells musty and finding it might be a challenge.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 6 years ago

Andrea, I once showed a home where the cat urine was so bad it brought tears to your eyes. The owners never noticed it.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 6 years ago
Odors are a definite issue when marketing a home. Many agents have difficulty discussing the subject with sellers.
Posted by Bill and MaryAnn Wagner, Jersey Shore and South Jersey Real Estate (Wagner Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

No amount of scented candles can cover up certain things. Thanks so much for sharing.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) over 6 years ago

About seven years ago, I showed a home that was listed for about $800,000. The minute you walked in, the smell of a dead animal smacked you on the face! I still remember that house and the fact that it sat on the market for over a year while the normal DOM was about 50 days.

Posted by Carlos Rosa PA, Realtor (ReMax Premier Associates, Inc.) over 6 years ago

I was a smoker for 22 years and quit about two and a half years ago. Since then my sense of smell has returned and boy do some of these home smell bad. I sell a lot of foreclosures...let me tell you there are some nasty smelling ones.

The foreclosures are understandable but when you come across a smelly house that is being live in that just is inexcusable.

Posted by Goran Utvic, We Buy & Sell Chicago Houses Fast (606 Homes LLC | Chicagoland Brokers Inc, Chicago IL 60656) over 6 years ago

The worst I usually come across in this world is a smokers house. No way to make it go away short of replacing carpeting and total repaint of the interior. Just can't mask it. The dog thing is a pain also unless the buyer has a dog. That they understand.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max By The Sea) over 6 years ago

I remember in public school that the words P.U. or PEE YOU..were devastating and that still holds today if used on anything. I had a P.U. moment recently when I took up my floor cover mats in my car...Lysol went to work

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 6 years ago

Great advice to handle those stinky smells. It's so important that a home smells fresh and clean, otherwise buyers will turn right back around and out the door!

Posted by Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs) over 6 years ago

Andrea that picture says it all. I have been to listings where the client took one step in and turned around and said to forget it. If the house stinks then see ya.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 6 years ago

Andrea, you are so right.  I've shown some beautiful houses that just smelled awful.  There wasn't enough of a discount to lure my buyers back into the properties.  

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 6 years ago
Perfect timing to read a post about stinky houses - I previewed two houses yesterday & crossed both off the list since the smell (doggy in one & I don't even have a clue what in the other) was too strong to stay in long enough to see the house thoroughly. NOT what my buyer is looking for!
Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA over 6 years ago

Andrea, a fun post but Oh so true. People do not smell their own household odors so getting a friend over to do the sniff test is a great idea.

Posted by Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate, Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties (RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales) over 6 years ago

Andrea ...  Thanks for sharing what should be obvious ... but sometimes it is not, we just thinks so.  Often while the "aroma" is strong to one person, it is unnoticed by another.  Another opportunity for tact and diplomacy ... how to tell someone that their house is "off" while not offending them.  Then again, one recent highly visible international diplomat observed .."I'm old enough to tell it like it is ..."

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton (The Nines Team At Keller Williams) over 6 years ago

It sounds like we may have been inside some of the same houses! Spilled beer does a pretty rotten job of stinking up a home too.  I had this listing, a short sale in which one of hte owners had passed away and the other one just drank beer all the time and, well, it was bad.

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Smells are certainly a turnoff. I was amazed to read about how many homes you've experienced that smelled. I must admit I haven't been in all that many that do. The biggest culprits I see when I do see (oops, smell) them are pet odors, cigarette smoke odors, and cooking odors. None are easy to remediate if they've been there a long time.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) over 6 years ago

Somehow some sellers that live in the stink of their own home become immune to the smells.  Sometimes they are just a "smell", not bad, not good, just something floating around.  Buyers get it right when they take the first step over the threshold.

Posted by Jay & Michelle Lieberman, Creating Calm in the Buying and Selling Chaos (Keller Williams World Class) over 6 years ago
Andrea - It is so important to have a house that doesn't smell when you're trying to sell it because, you're right. The buyers will notice.
Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 6 years ago

I've worn the same perfume for over 30 years.  I'm used to it.  When I spritz some on and someone says "Oh, you smell really good," I have to believe them, because I'm sure to the smell.  So when someone says "Your house stinks" believe that too!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 6 years ago

PU is certainly a comment that spells Opportunity for an investor who knows how to eliminate smells, too bad more sellers dont take these smells seriously before listing.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 6 years ago

Michael, cat odors are the worst, the hardest to get out. How could they not have smelled it?

Bill & MaryAnn, it is a hard subject to discuss. But we must. I mean, we can tell them their home is worth 100,000  less that what they think it is but we can't tell them their house .... smells bad? Interesting but you are right.

Melissa, those scented candles drive me right over the edge.

Carlos, and we know it was because of the smell. Very sad indeed.

Goran, I have had to leave quite a few houses after just walking through the front door. Foreclosures do often stink, but the others.... shouldn't.

Bill, I put that up there with cat smells. Or dead animal smells. Hey, they all stink!

Richie, when some liquid gets under those mats it is an assault to the senses, LOL.

Suzanne, it is important, and sellers often overlook it as to their agents. I don't get it!

Noah, yes indeed, as they say, smell doesn't sell.

Mike, I don't get it. My inspiration day took us to many homes, some of them over a million. What I found was that smell doesn't discriminate!

Nancy, and your buyers are happy you preview for them!

Helen & Larry, best to find that friend who loves to deliver bad news. Everyone has one of those friends... LOL.

Jack, as I said above, we can deliver news that they have lost much money in home value, but we can't tell them their house smells, LOL.

AJ, baking soda is my friend, I love it for many reasons. I dropped my membership to Costco, but I used to always get the large box. I use it all the time!

Evelyn, oh... spilled beer is horrible, really bad. 

Nina, you are lucky indeed! It must have been bad smell day for me. What can I say. We all noticed it though, so it wasn't just me. 

Jay & Michelle, yes, sometimes it is just smells. But buyers want their own smells, not someone elses, LOL. 

Christine, their senses are heightened when they are in a house. And smells are the hardest to overcome.

Carla, I no longer wear perfume, so if someone tells me I smell good I am more than grateful, I am relieved, LOL!!!!

Bob, yes indeed, it can certainly bring a smile to the investor. Good point!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 6 years ago

You got to love when you can smell the inside of a house from the outside!  Investor special! 

Posted by Josh McBride, Southern York County, Shrewsbury, PA & Baltimore over 6 years ago

Is de-funkify a word?  lol.  I get what you are saying.  Some sellers think I am joking when I tell them to eat out the night before a showing or before an open house.  Why? Because I don't want the food smells stuck in the house....especially fishy ones or ones that are very spicy, like curry.  They turn off buyers.  I also ask my seller to take their pets and their litter boxe, pet beds, and food bowls with them.  Those smell too.  I am very sensitive to smells so I am brutally honest with my sellers when I visit their home.  I would not want to let them hear it from everyone else.

Posted by Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group) over 6 years ago

I've had to have professional cleaners come and then tell the sellers they must eat out until the home is sold!

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) over 6 years ago

Well done... I'm going to go check out your Zero Odor suggestions... Yes we have a cat!

Posted by Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 (Long Island Cash Home Buyer) over 6 years ago

clean it. air it out. Clean it. dont mask the odor, just clean. Behond the stove, under the fridge. Get the carpets cleaned. Move the furniture. Animals? board em. or, keep them contained. Cant? realize it may cost you.

Posted by Brian DeYoung, Brian DeYoung ( Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 6 years ago


You are so on spot with this blog!

A stinky house is nearly impossible to sell.

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Posted by Ann Hayden 636-399-7544, (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) over 6 years ago
Andrea, This post is spot on. I've never been able to sell a smelly house until we located the source of the odor and took care of it. In one case it took a month before we found the source. As soon as we solved the smell issue the house went under deposit.
Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) over 6 years ago