When potential buyers come to look at your house, they’re not only looking, but they’re also smelling, either consciously or subconsciously. When we live in a house, we tend to get used to the way it smells and don’t always notice when something is a little stinky. So before you show your house, take a sniff or two. Does your house pass the smell test for potential buyers?

1. Pets

Dirty litter boxes and accident stains are the obvious culprits here. Keep your cat’s litter box scrupulously clean at all times, and consider having your carpet professionally cleaned by someone who is experienced with pet stains. Don’t forget that many people are allergic to cats, so make sure your furniture and carpet are vacuumed frequently. If possible, think about keeping your cat or other pets confined to a certain area of the house while your house is listed to minimize smells, fur, and dander. If you’re thinking of getting a cat or other pet, wait until after you’ve moved.

2. Cooking

We’ve all been told that we should eat more fish, but until your house sells, eat that fish at a restaurant. Strong odors from cooking fish hang around and permeate the house. Cabbage, onions, and garlic are notorious offenders, too. Throwing a few lemon slices in some boiling water or running lemon peel through the garbage disposal can help clear the air. And remember to take out your kitchen garbage as often as possible.

3. Cigarettes

Smoking indoors easily drops the value of a house by 30% or more. Smoke gets into the drywall, carpets, furniture, and drapes, and it is very difficult to remove. If you or a family member smokes, stop smoking inside the house as soon as you decide to sell. Paint the interior, and either shampoo the rugs or replace them. If weather permits, keep the windows open to help air out the house.

4. Mold

Perhaps the odor that scares off potential buyers the most is the musty, damp odor associated with mold and mildew. The best you can do is deep cleaning with a bleach solution, but sometimes that still doesn’t get to the root of the problem and you need to call in a professional mold remediator. Mold is a fast-growing fungus, so it does not take long for it to infiltrate the area and become difficult, and unhealthy, to tackle on your own.

Follow the above steps, and you will be on your way to a better smelling home. A fresh-smelling, odor-free house is much more appealing than a stinky one and much more likely to sell at or above the price you want.

Does your House Pass the Smell Test? Consider Calling a Professional

If the answer to “does your house pass the smell test?” is no, you may need to bring in the help of a professional odor remediator. Sanitize Solutions specializes in mold and odor services, and uses top-of-the-line products to deodorize your home without the use of harsh chemicals that are harmful to the materials in your home, and your health If you are in Central Iowa and are in need of mold and odor remediation services, contact us.