06/4/13

The Nose Knows

 liznose              Staging and odors

If you’re trying to sell your home, the last thing you want to hear is…………… your house stinks.

A part of a home stager’s duties is to be a good sniffer of bad odors. 

People get used to the odor of their house and may not notice that something is not pleasant. But a potential buyer will notice right away and it will be “goodbye” before there’s even a “hello”.

A stinky house is not an easy sale. 

  Covering odors with sprays, plug ins or the smell of cookies baking  can create even worse smells, when the pleasant meets the not so pleasant smell.

The best way to deal with household odors is to

find the source and fix the problem.

 

If your home has a lingering smell you can’t seem to get rid, of read on for a few causes and solutions.

 

  • Pets are one of the most common sources of household odors.  To cut down on pet odors, bathe your pets often and keep litter boxs and bedding material clean.  It’s importatnt to take care of accidents as soon as they happen.
  • Mildew smells are scary. For homes that smell like a basement, this is usually a sign of moisture or a water leak. Use a flashlight to  check  beneath the house or basement and try to determine where the smell is coming from.  Call a plumber to fix whatever is causing the leak. Water in the basement can lead to mold and foul smelling bacteria colonies and should be dealt with as soon as possible
  • Dirty clothes and/or shoes can stink up a house in a hurry. Rather than tossing dirty clothes on the floor where they can stink up the carpet and furnishings, keep them contained inside a closed hamper until it’s time to do the laundry. For garments that can’t be home laundered, don’t wear them more than a few times before sending them out to be dry cleaned. You might not smell the BO on them, but others can. Winter coats and suit jackets that can’t be dry cleaned frequently, should be allowed to air out for a few hours before hanging back in the closet. Before tossing those shoes in the closet, sprinkle a little baking soda inside. Cheaper yet, store those shoes with a crumpled up newspaper inside to absorb the odor.
  • Cigarette smoke is one of the most offensive and one of the most difficult odors to eliminate. It can cling to furnishings, drapes and other window coverings and  work its way inside walls. Some topically applied solutions can help to reduce  the stench, but an ozone generator is more effective. They can be purchased from a few hundred dollars to thousands. Or a restoration professional in your area can take on the challenge.

 

Happy Smells to you  ….   till we meet again!