Remediate Home Odors before Putting Your House on the Market

June 2, 2015

The best time to put your house on the market is in the spring. Buyers come out in full force with down payments in hand looking to purchase a new home during the spring months. This makes it easy for them to complete their move during summer. Before putting your home on the market, it is important to make sure that it is ready to net top dollar. Remediating any home odors before you start showing your home to prospective buyers will aid the sale.

After living in your home for many years, you may not be able to pick up these unpleasant odors. The first step to guaranteeing a fresh smelling home will be to perform a Home Air Check to identify any potential contaminants that may be causing an unpleasant odor in your home. Don’t make the mistake of buying air fresheners and scented candles in an attempt to cover up any odors present in your home. Not only will these tactics fail to work in overcoming mold and tobacco smoke odors, air fresheners contain harmful chemicals that will only further pollute your home air.

Get your home ready for the market by testing your home air and remediating any potential causes for these odors. Mold and tobacco smoke carry very heavy scents that will turn off a potential buyer. While you may have grown used to these smells a buyer will notice them right away.

Additional tips for fresh, Open House ready home air:

  • Avoid cooking with pungent/strong smelling foods & spices – certain food odors can linger for quite some time.
  • Thoroughly clean carpets and furniture – though we LOVE our pets, they can leave quite the lingering smell not to mention the shedding.
  • Fill your home with ‘Home Sweet Home’ scents – bake cookies, pie, etc. to leave out during the open house or simmer a pot of natural air freshener such as water, cinnamon sticks, orange peel, and cloves.

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