It's over simplistic really. The fact that a home's visual and aromatic appeal have such a huge impact on a potential home buyer's impression should go without saying. That doesn't change the fact that every day litter boxes (or a wet dog bed), the residual sniff of last night's sea bass, Uncle Mike's cigar or a hideous diaper pail will chase buyers out of a home faster than Usain Bolt. Yes...your home must pass the sniff test. But not YOUR sniff test. You need an outside opinion....an impartial nasal sample that can honestly tell you if your home has the funk. Any of the above smells can ruin a showing for a buyer not to mention countless other things so you have to get this right. I once went in a home where there was a sign in the new born's room that with little hearts on it that said 'sorry, baby Jonah is gassy today.' It may be cute when it's your kid but it's just gross if it's somebody else's. It seems silly that we need to have this conversation but of ten homes I go in each week, two have some form of odor that I wouldn't subject anyone to. Sometimes they're smells that I can't even identify are but are still highly objectionable. When that happens...your mind finds the worst possibility. In the season where our furnaces and ACs are not running all that often, make sure your home greets your buyers with a welcoming, pleasurable sensation that will help them imagine themselves there for years to come.
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