When selling your house, you not only want the home to look great but smell excellent as well. Poor odors can be a large deterrent for many potential buyers no matter how much they liked the rest of the home. Here are a few tips for removing poor odors and making your house smell great before a showing.
1. Find the Source of the Smell
If you have one area of the house that smells poorly, the most important thing you can do is find the source of the smell. Common problem areas include the bathroom, kitchen, basement, and areas where pets reside. For example, a well-used washcloth in both the bathroom or the kitchen can have a musty, mildew odor or a litter box can make a room smell unpleasant. Remove any foul-smelling items from the home well before the showing.
2. Use Baking Soda
Baking soda can be your best friend when removing poor odors from your Collingwood home. If the dinner you cooked the night before a showing is strong, leave a bowl of baking soda on the counter. It acts as a deodorizer and will absorb the smell. Baking soda is also an excellent option for getting rid of smells coming from your sink. Pour some baking soda and vinegar down your sink and let it sit for some time. Then, pour boiling water down the drain to rinse the cleaning solution. This is also a great way to clean out your garbage disposal.
3. Use Lots of Citrus Fruit
The peels on citrus fruits can be excellent tools for removing poor smells from your home. You can throw these items down your disposal to freshen it up or place them in a pot of boiling water and boil them for several minutes.
Lemon juice is also an excellent resource. Soak a sponge in lemon juice and place it in the fridge to absorb bad smells. You can also place lemon slices in areas with poor odors to help vanquish the smells. If you don’t have the actual fruit, you can also consider using essential oils and a diffuser.
4. Purchase an Air Purifier
Air purifiers do more than simply clean the air in your home, they can get rid of those tough smells such as smoke and mildew that linger in the home. While this is a more costly option, it may be worth the price tag if you can’t get rid of poor odors from your house. Just be sure to give yourself enough time to use the device before your showing.
If you are ready to sell your Collingwood home, contact Collingwood real estate agent Christine Smith today. She can help find the perfect buyers for your home and provide a few tips for making your home more appealing to them.