Selling Your Home - Part 3: Home Is Where They Feel At Home
Let There Be Light
Open the blinds, curtains, and shades. Dark areas appear smaller and are not very inviting. Consider adding decorative lamps where needed and placing mirrors on the walls to reflect the light and give an even larger appearance.
The Nose Has It
Odors are a huge turnoff to potential buyers and indicate that the home has not been cared for well. Clean, sanitize, and deodorize everything. Have an impartial third party give an honest assessment of any odors to which you may have become accustomed and treat the source of the odors.
Scents Often Elicit Fond Memories
Use plugin air freshers or wax warmers. Also, the smell of freshly baked cookies, bread, or pies are perfect mood setters, but steer clear of over spicy scents or burnt anything.
Pet Urine Will Drive Away Potential Buyers Like Nothing Else
You may be able to treat small areas with a cleaning. If you have more than one area or a large area that needs treatment, to eliminate the odor completely you will need to replace the carpet and padding. Be ready for the request to either change the carpet or provide a carpet allowance.
Wash laundry daily. Do not allow it to accumulate while your home is on the market.
A Rose By Any Other Name
Fresh flowers not only enhance the positive scent of the home, but they also provide color and add beauty to everything. Best bets are mildly scented blooms.
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