When you are preparing your home for sale, don’t overlook the sniff test.
You may be accustomed to the odors of your own home, whether from pets or people. So ask a friend who won’t hesitate to give you honest feedback to let you know what hits her nose as soon as she steps inside. Then track down the source of the odors and eradicate accordingly.
Start by determining if the source of the odor doesn’t indicate a deeper problem. A whiff of gas could alert you to a faulty connection with a stove or furnace. Have that inspected immediately.
Slow water leaks encourage mold and may rot wood. Damp basements send out a musty odor that will bring a closer look by a seasoned inspector. If you suspect a leaky faucet, pipe or roof, get an expert in right away.
Simply painting over damp areas won’t fool anyone: fresh paint attracts attention — it has a distinct smell, too. Hire a specialist to fix the problem for good. Then you can prove the subsequent paint job is the finishing touch to a genuine fix, not a cosmetic patch on a serious problem.
If the source of odors is from everyday life, you can tackle your ”scents staging” room by room.
Think about how you would expect each room to smell: citrus in the kitchen, pine near the fireplace. While stagers don’t recommend using overly sweet artificial air scents, consider blending in aromatic natural materials that complement the look of each room. For instance, sprays of eucalyptus are classic for entryways and powder rooms, and bowls of oranges look right at home on a kitchen counter.
To infuse your house with a pleasant atmosphere, remove or eradicate strong odors that are a byproduct of daily living:
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