Posted By Alan Donald @ Jul 25th 2013 1:05pm In: Sellers

Smelly Affairs

Alan Donald Real Estate Blog- Smelly affairs, first impressions, buyers & sellers, clean homes

The sense of smell is a powerful motivator. When prospective buyers walk into a house, their senses are alert to visual, audio and smell stimuli to form that “first impression” .

It is well known that buyers respond more positively if they smell freshly baking oatmeal cookies instead 
of the lingering odors of mold, cigarette smoke or a household pet. 

Because you are used to some smells, you may not notice odors that visitors are aware of as soon as they walk in the door. Before placing your home for sale, 
ask a friend or neighbor to give it a "sniff test". If they notice any odors, you bet potential buyers are going to notice them too.

So, how do you 
get rid of them? 

There are a few simple solutions--giving carpets a steam clean and the walls a good scrubbing, using the old vanilla-on-the-light-bulb trick, 
plugging in an essential oil difuser and throwing out the dog's special chair.

You can temporarily declare your home a "no smoking" zone. You may need professional help for cleaning carpets and drapes or deodorizing 
walls and wood floors.

Your REALTOR should be able to provide you with a list of cleaning services which can assist you in making your home smell clean and fresh.

WISH TO SELL? Call the experts: The Alan Donald Real Estate Team will give you the right advice to get your home SOLD for top market price! 843-900-0155.



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