Smell vs. Sell

Friday, March 1, 2013

Ahhh, Spring! A time for getting a fresh clean start! Emphasis on CLEAN if you're planning on selling your home! Barb Schwarz, the creator of the Staging Industry says "if you can smell it, you can't sell it".

If you are planning to list your home, it NEEDS a deep cleaning, yes it's gotta be "Q-Tip Clean"! You say that kind of work just ain't your thing? - then hire someone to do the heavy duty cleaning. It's a good investment, really. Then, it will be easy for you to keep it that way.

Carpets and draperies and even throw pillows and upholstery can really hold onto pet / food odors. Have your carpets professionally cleaning, freshen draperies and upholstery - even if it's with "Febreze".

Choose your menu wisely while your home is on the market. Strong food odors can linger for days. Please don't go the route of using plug-in air fresheners in every room. Your buyer prospects will wonder what you're covering up. When I am touring a seller's home or doing a Staging consultation, I often have to tell the homeowner the air fresheners are too much. That's fine if you enjoy them for regular living - BUT when you're selling your home, mass appeal is key. A lot of folks also have allergies and are bothered by strong scents.


Don't forget that offending trash can. Keep it out of sight if possible and please empty it often. People tend to become "used to" the smells in their own home, so it's necessary to remind your self about those critical buyers that will be coming through!

I hope you'll be smelling a great offer on your home soon!

Need some help pulling your home together / thinking about selling? Let's chat about it!


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