Stinky Houses

stinky houses

Stinky Houses

Does your house stink?

Something smells

If it does you could be sabotaging your chances to sell or rent your home. You can test this for yourself by going outside for at least ten minutes, then re-enter with your olfactory senses on high alert. What strikes your nose first? Potential buyers and tenants make snap judgments, sometimes subliminally, based on what they smell as they walk through your front door. All your time, effort and money spent improving the appearance of your home will be a waste in the face of unpleasant odors.

Once you get a bad odor diagnosis in your home, search for the source then identify, eradicate and cleanse. Common causes for a stinky atmosphere include spoiling garbage, cigarette smoke, rotting potatoes, mold and mildew, and the deal breaking pet smells.

A consistent cleaning schedule and doing the dishes right after a meal can keep stale, souring smells from lingering. Use these tips to keep your home fresh between cleaning days:

• Process lemon slices in the garbage disposal.

• Sweeten drains by dumping ½ cup baking soda, followed by ½ cup white vinegar.

• Put a layer of kitty litter and baking soda at the bottom of garbage bins.

Cooking smells are tough to get rid of with no vent, especially fried foods that send up air-born oily particles that cling to surfaces. Vent hoods cost as little as $200, and are worth every penny. As for tobacco smoke indoors — smoke outside. The residual smoke clings to every surface in the home―furniture, textiles, clothing―making your home and everything in it worth less.

“Cover-up” fragrances used just before a showing are ineffective, and could worsen the situation as it co-mingles with existing problem odors. When it comes to making your house ready to go on the market, remember to Identify, Eradicate and Cleanse!

For Real Estate searches across the US contact me, Nora G, on my website ( or e-mail me your questions about Real Estate at  I look forward to hearing from you!

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