ODOR FREE ZONE
The initial thing a buyer will notice upon entering your home for the first time is the smell. Hopefully your home smells like mountain fresh air or the beach or a spring meadow ~ just like the commercials on television. But if it doesn’t that’s the first thing a buyer will notice, and remember. And that’s the last thing you want.
If you have one pet or many, and you’re like most pet lovers, you’ve probably allowed them free access to your home. Most homeowner stake all the necessary measures to housebreak or litter-train their pets. But occasionally, especially when Rover was a pup, a pet may have had an accident. Soap and water won’t do the trick. You’ll have to do a major cleaning yourself, using special enzyme-active products, or call a pro. If the carpet cannot be restored to its original, odor-free state, you would do well to replace it.
Most cats are trained to use a litter box. If you have more than one cat, you may have more than one location for their “personal use. ”Make sure any and all litter boxes are maintained frequently, daily if possible. The area around the litter box should be clean and fresh, and free of scattered kitty litter. Since litter boxes are often in closets, basements, or other out of the way locations, it’s easy to overlook them. Don’t let these potential odor offenders slip your mind. Buyers will notice.
If anyone in your house is a smoker, concerns about odors are basically the same as with pets. If you’re accustomed to the environment, you wont’ notice, as visitors will, the offending odor.Clean carpets, draperies, wash down walls, have furniture steam cleaned, and air out closets and cupboards. Smoking smells settle on every surface, build-up and linger. You might invite a non-smoking friend to help you sniff out any and all offenses.
Once you’ve eliminated smoking odors, it’s a good idea to declare your home a smoke-free area while it’s being shown and sold. Odor-free is good business when you’re selling your home.