Do you smell what I smell?

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Ten years ago, one of the most difficult subjects to discuss with my clients was the smell of smoke in the home. It was always a touch-and-go situation. More and more public places were cracking down on smokers and no one likes to be told what they can and cannot do in their own homes. Trust me, I had more than a few conversations with people who did not like the suggestion that they smoked outside in order to make walk-throughs more pleasant for the potential buyer.


But today, it’s a different story. With fewer people smoking inside the home, the newest “scentsation” to try and tackle is the prominent cooking smells that distract from the tour. Don’t get me wrong, every family has their favorite fare, but it can be overwhelming to guests who may not be as enthusiastic about onions, peppers and curry spice as much as you are.

Onion2      Pepper       Bacon

Hey, I love all kinds of food and I know how savory the dishes can be, but there are some scents that get into everything: the walls, the upholstery, and the air, you name it and it makes for difficult showings. While I am not one to tell you what you can and cannot eat, I will suggest that you ramp up your cleaning routine a little so that the house and look, feel and smell as fresh as possible.

Young Girl (13-14) Holding Her Nose at the Dinner Table            fish

And since we are on the subject of “scents,” let’s talk a little about cleaning products and what not to use when selling your home. Homebuyers are looking for something that smells fresh and clean, not a mountain breeze, an orange grove or a field of wildflowers in the middle of fall.


Shift over to vinegar and water mixtures that will clean without leaving behind additional odors. Keep up with laundry as much as possible and whenever possible, open the windows for a few minutes each day to let some fresh air in. Every home has its own smell, but yours doesn’t have to be a deal breaker when selling.

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