You may be blind to the scent of your pets, but potential homebuyers definitely won’t be. An unpleasant aroma can cost you the sale and we don’t want that to happen!
Whether you’re getting your home scent-free and ready to sell or are just looking to remove the odor before you invite guests over, we’ve got the answers.
1. Most experts recommend relocating your furry friends while your home is on the market. But if you’re as close to your pets as we are, that’s step you’ll be inclined to skip. If you can’t bear the thought of sending your pets away, schedule weekly time blocks to wash their beds and toys and bathe them more frequently.
2. Open your windows while cleaning to let fresh air circulate and whisk the scent away. If it’s far too cold for that, try adding a lightly scented air filter to your furnace.
3. Scrub walls and hard floors with vinegar or odor-neutralizing products. If the smell stays, you may need to call in professionals that are well versed in hard-to-clean stains.
4. Scents stick to fabrics, so focus on the furniture. Wash your sheets and pillows, dry clean your drapes, and steam clean furniture. This will get rid of any pesky hair that your pet has shed over the years as well!
5. You can choose to shampoo your carpets and rugs yourself or spend $25 – $50 a room to have a professional provide the service. Serious smells may require a deodorizing treatment. If the smell still lingers after the carpet is dry, it’s probably time to invest in new carpet and padding.
6. If you think the smell is stuck in your drywall, plaster, or woodwork, try covering it with a fresh coat of paint, stain, or sealant. This should keep the scent trapped and sealed.
7. Identify the most odorous areas and add a lightly scented candle or oil diffuser. Keep it allergy-friendly with subtle scents like Yankee Candle’s Soft Blanket or a mild vanilla. Another awesome option? Bake a bunch of chocolate chip cookies right before a showing and leave them out for prospective homebuyers (and their Realtor!) to enjoy. Be careful not to burn them!
8. We know it’s a pain, but changing your cat’s litter box and your dog’s potty pads only a daily basis (or each time they use it) can go a long way in eliminating lasting smells. Be sure that both of these items are out of sight during showings and open houses!