I recently had the pleasure of previewing 5 homes in one day, 4 of them will be forever embedded in my olfactory memory. Yes, I will remember these homes and not for a good reason. They were in the 80th percentile for a stink rate.
STINK, STANK, STUNK!
First home hit me with a putrid smell of rotting garbage when I entered the door. The home appeared to be clean and neat, but OH MY. I persevered, making sure not to let the cats out as instructed. 3 cats, all rescue animals, how sweet and kind. And oh my, I hope they enjoy those cats more than they want to sell their home! Upstairs smelled of cats that sprayed and peed from one end of the home to the other! I couldn't get out of there fast enough.
Moving on... Next was a very sweet home, really cute as a button, inside and out. Went down in the basement and YIKES! They must have been having 500 people over for cigar smoking parties! Although the basement was unfinished, there was a seating area, so I know it was being used. And this was a walk out basement, SO WALK OUTSIDE TO SMOKE!
Next... A home recently vacated by the owners, it had been cleaned after leaving. I could tell they had cleaned the carpets upstairs. But they missed the mark on the carpet cleaning as the entire upstairs reeked of a very strong combination of wet, stinky dog and 15-year-old boy dirty socks and sneakers!
And finally, just to top off such a pleasant experience... The last home just smelled. It has been vacant for a while, so that explains it. Mildewy, musty, let me out of here in case it's the real "M" word.
The only house I saw that didn't ring the bell on the smell-o-meter was a 204-year-old home. Interesting that after 204 years, you would think that somewhere in the home there might be a whiff of something. Not even in the basement!
Yes indeed, I will remember 4 out of the 5 homes I saw. They were memorable. Olfactory speaking that is.
If you are trying to sell your home and you rate high on the stink-o-meter, you really need to do something about it. And I don't mean you should cover up the offensive odor. You need to identify and treat the odor. There are good products out there to get rid of smells.
For pet smells, I love a product called Nature's Miracle. They have a few different options for the pet lover, I have had personal experience with it and it works. They even have a skunk odor remover which my dog will attest to its effectiveness.
For many other odors, there is always Zero Odor. I know it is a bit expensive, but it does seem to do the trick.
Moldy, musty smells means there is an issue. Perhaps a dehumidifier along with a good cleaning?
If you can't get rid of the smells, call in a professional. If you aren't sure if your house smells or not, find the most critical and annoying person you know, invite them over and ask them to be brutally honest with you. Then ask the question.... "does my house smell?"
Because the old real estate adage is true, if you can smell it, you can't sell it! And I do prefer to sell homes rather than smell homes.
After that experience, my nose needs a rest!
Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate
2017 President, Greater New Milford Board of Realtors
2017 Connecticut Magazine 5 Star Realtor
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Litchfield County Regional Office,375 Danbury Rd, New Milford, CT 06776
© Andrea Swiedler 2009 - 2017
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