Because you will soon be listing your house and are hoping for a quick sale, you have most likely done your research and taken steps to make that happen. You have cleaned, decluttered, and depersonalized, taken care of necessary repainting and repairs, staged your home and created an attractive and appealing curb appeal.. In addition, your reasonably priced house is in a desirable location. You’re set to go, right?
The fact is, your house may have a particular odor, one not noticed by you because you live with it every day, but one which, unfortunately, may be perceptible—and a turn off-- to would-be buyers. The most common sources of offending smells are pets and smoke, but certain foods and mildew/mold may also be contributors.
Your first step is to elicit honest assessments from folks who do not reside in your home. Ask friends, family members, even neighbors, to subject your house to a “sniff test” and to be brutally honest with you about offending odors. Better to learn of unpleasant results from them than lose a potential sale!
If your residence passes the test, smile and relax. If it doesn’t, however, you need to be proactive in eliminating the problem.
- Remove any cushion covers, rugs, duvet covers, pillow cases – anything that your dog has been lying on – and wash them with a good quality detergent.
- Sprinkle baking soda over any smelly area, and allow to rest for a few hours, preferably overnight. In the morning, vacuum up the baking soda and revel in the fresh, clean smell.
- Wash all flat surfaces. A half water, half distilled white vinegar mix is very effective. It also takes advantage of vinegar's odor removing properties For flat paint, try a treated dry sponge.
- Avoid using steam cleaners to clean urine odors from carpet or upholstery. The heat will permanently set the stain and the odor by bonding the protein into any man-made fiber.
- Avoid using cleaning chemicals, especially those with strong odors such as ammonia.5
- Add baking soda to the water/vinegar mixture mentioned above and/or sprinkle lots of baking soda on the cleaned area.
More to follow soon about removing other types of odors. Stay tuned!