What Stinks? 5 Smells That Won’t Sell Your House in NJ

Have you gone nose blind? Have you become so used to the stink that lives inside your house that you don’t even notice it anymore? If you’re trying to sell your house fast, this could be a big problem. 

Unfortunately, if you’re trying to sell your house, buyers will step into your house with a fresh sense of smell. Don’t let the scent of your property be what prevents you from getting a prosperous offer. Rid your house of nasty smells ASAP and allow potential buyers to focus on your house rather than breathing through their mouths!

Common Odors and How to Get Rid of Them

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Must, Mildew and Mold, Oh My

You need to act fast if you find mold in your house. No buyer wants to take on a mold issue. Enlist the help of a mold inspector to give you all the information you need. Do some thorough investigating, your homeowner’s insurance might cover the cost of remediation.

Whatever you do, never remove mold spores with bleach. Bleach can send spores into the air and make the living space extremely hazardous. Before you make any moves, get some professional advice

If your problem isn’t mold, but a musty scent triggered by moist air, a dehumidifier could provide a quick fix. You could also place moisture absorbing packets in smaller areas. The best solution is to improve the air circulation in your house.

To give your house some fresh air, open the windows whenever possible. The natural sunlight makes the space more lively anyway! 

Smoke Out of Here

Once a house smells of cigarette smoke, it’s difficult to sell. The scent infiltrates the entire house––even seeping through paint and plaster. That means that homeowners who smoke outdoors can still unknowingly bring in the smell. When they come inside, they carry the odor with them and allow it to build and persist. 

If you want to sell your house fast, you must confront the smoky scent. Unfortunately, cigarette smoke does not just permeate your house, but your furniture as well. First, remove furniture and other items from your house and cleans everything rigorously.

The inside of your house will likely need some serious work as well. If it’s in your budget, repaint the walls and swap out your carpet. If you are unable to do so, summon the help of a professional cleaning company. Companies that specialize in mold remediation are experts in this area and can clean the surfaces and air in your house. 

First it’s Sweet, Then it’s Sour

Just because it’s called a fragrance doesn’t mean it always smells good. When it comes to air fresheners, more is not merrier. A single candle in the foyer may be pleasant, but scented candles in every room are overwhelming.

If your house requires several candles to spread a fragrance, make sure to use the same scent in all rooms. Buyers will become used to the scent as they peek around your house, and it will be a pleasant addition to the tour. If you switch up the fragrances, the first thing buyers will notice in each space is the smell––distracting from the actual room around them!

Be careful with what scent you choose, too. It should not be so overpowering that it distracts from your actual house but should complement the environment subtly. We also recommend selecting a seasonally appropriate fragrance.

For instance, if it is summer, use a scent like ocean or citrus. Bolder scents like pine and apple are nice in the winter. 

Fluffy but Foul

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We love our furry friends, but let’s be honest: they can stink! Buyers commonly complain about pet odors such as the smell of wet dog or the scent of urine. Urine odors, in particular, are tough to remove. Many buyers won’t make an offer on a house that smells of urine because they don’t want to pay for new flooring. 

Your best shot is to treat any areas that are affected. Take carpet cleaner to any unpleasant-smelling spots on carpets, rugs, or upholstery. Scrub solid surfaces with force. When it comes time for your house showing, make sure that the litter box is as “pristine” as a litter box can be.

Don’t forget to tend to the garage too! If pets go to the bathroom in that already stuffy area, the scent will attack buyers as soon as they step foot there. Scrub the garage floor using baking soda and soap and then rinse it down. 

Smell is Part of Life, but Not Sales

Laundry hamper full of sweaty workout clothes? Bathroom giving off some unpleasant odors? People can create a pretty nasty stench! Stinky bathrooms, basements, and closets will quickly turn away potential buyers. Closets especially tend to collect odors from the smelly shoes and unwashed clothes that live there. 

Cleaning is the best resolution. To keep bad smells from coming back, you should clean your house frequently and meticulously. While your house is on the market, think about paying professional cleaners to come weekly. They will help keep your house looking its best.

If this is not an option for you, you must get to work on your own. Never let laundry accumulate and wash your sheets and towels routinely. Odor absorbers can help you freshen up the closet. Rejuvenate your shoes by putting a bit of baking soda into a cloth and knotting the ends to make a small parcel, then stick them in your shoes!

You’ve Got This, or We’ve Got This

When buyers walk out of your house, the last thing you want them to remember is that it stunk. Luckily, it’s pretty simple to get rid of most foul smells. Even if some odors require professional help, it will be worth it when you get a great offer on your house and sell your house fast. 

We know that it’s not always that simple. If you are unable to remove odors from your house or just don’t want to, it could hurt your chances of you being able to sell your house. Contact Templar Real Estate Enterprises for a fair cash offer on your house within 24 hours.

We don’t care if your house has unpleasant odors. Templar Real Estate Enterprises will buy your house regardless of their condition. Visit our website for your offer or call us at 937-240-8593.

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