• Don’t Let Pet Odors Drive Away Buyers

    by  • November 25, 2012 • Freelance Writing Samples, Kim Hughes/Real Estate • 0 Comments

    Walking into a home on the market, one of the first things a prospective buyer will notice is what they smell. While our sense of smell isn’t as good as a dogs, people will smell the odor of dogs, cats or other pets. Even if they love animals, pet odor can turn off a buyer before the charms of the rest of the house can even be seen. Some experts advise moving your pets somewhere else while you have your home on the market, but that’s not always a realistic solution.

    So before you see a potential buyer crinkle their noses when they walk in your door, you’ll need to address any lingering smells in the air.

    Clean your home thoroughly. Focus heavily on odor traps like fabrics, upholstery and carpet. Professional ozone-based carpet cleaning can do miracles.

    Cats? Make sure litter-boxes are scrupulously clean at all times. And while on the topic of bad smells, try to avoid strong cooking odors. You might love stinky cheese, but that smell won’t be pleasing to strangers.

    Avoid using air fresheners and heavily scented cleaning products, candles or incense. Some people can have an allergic reaction to them, and others will assume you’re using them to cover up something bad.

    Let your home air out naturally. When temperatures outside cooperate, open the windows for a while. The scent of the outdoors around your home will help ground it when people walk in the door.

    It can be hard sometimes to notice an odor you live with, so ask a friend to walk through and do a sniff test. Better a friend than a prospective buyer!

    Originally written for Kim Hughes & Company


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.


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