Buying a home is one of the most emotional and stressful times of your life. So dont have someone walk away from your property with a bad smell in their nose. Smell has been proven to evoke all emotions and can result in interest turning to disinterest as it can in fact be longer lasting than visuals, particularly if a person has seen a lot of properties.
Photos dont (yet!) show smells, but I know the homes I have been in that look lovely, have left a negative feeling behind because of smells. Particularly animal smells.
So what do you do? Here are some easy ways to help bring down those smells.
- Open all windows and let in some fresh air
- Remove dog bowls, blankets and houses. If you have to have them indoors, make sure they are cleaned just prior to any viewing
- Try to use bleach the day before the eliminate that very strong chemical smell
- Dust. You would be surprised how smelly dust can be
- Use furniture polish – even just cheap wood spray furniture polish adds a nice gentle smell
- Dont us incense or something too potent to cover up smells – it just makes it worse and some people may not like the smell. Glen 20 antibacterial spray the best.
People also say that freshly baked cookies and other positive smells can help as well! I will come for the cookies…
Just remember – you get used to how your house smells – so if in doubt, ask a friend to come over and give it a sniff! 🙂