How to Sell Your Property Tip #14
– Eliminate “Housatosis”
Every home has an odour that the people living there do not notice.
Home smells are just like the perfume we wear daily.
After the first hour we can’t smell our cologne but others can.
Where house odour is noticed the most is during transitions.
Transition #1 is fresh air to closed air (being outside in fresh air then entering the home).
After a few minutes of being in the home we become desensitised from the initial smell, but it still will make a positive or negative impression.
Every time the buyer transitions through your home to a new room, the sense of smell is heightened.
A kitchen where there are pet bowls with food, full trash can or lingering cooking odours
A teenager’s room where the door is kept closed all the time
A bedroom where sheets, blankets, comforters, carpet or draperies have not been washed regularly
Closets where shoes, suits and some clothing are not cleaned each time it is worn
Nappy pails, trash cans, and musty basements
Buyers know that musty smells, pet odour, cigarettes and some cooking odours are very costly to remove.
Smells and pets living indoors do not help get your home its highest value.
It is always best while your home is on the market to bathe them weekly, wash beds and toys regularly, remove food, crates, kitty litter boxes and all signs of a pet during inspections.
Focus on clean rather than the cover up
Many sellers make the mistake of trying to mask odour with carpet sachets, air fresheners or air cleaning machines. Many buyers are allergic to the products, and they always wonder what the seller is trying to hide.
Bake bread, cookies or drop a lemon rind down the garbage disposal.
Citrus and cooking scents like vanilla, cinnamon and apple seem to have the most appeal to buyers.
Be careful. A little bit will do it but clean is always best.
Pleasing aromas create an atmosphere where the buyer wants to linger but odour drives them away.
Well, you are on the home stretch (no pun intended and in my last tip #15 we’ll cover some of the last fine points to staging your home for all it’s worth.
Take care, Grant Matterson LJ Hooker Narrabeen
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