If your staged home turning away buyers with bad odors? Did you know your home’s indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air? In fact, up to 100 times more! Smelly foods, cigarettes, pets, and other things can make your home smell really bad. Chemical air fresheners only make the situation worse. Before you welcome potential buyers into your home, get rid of odors. Look to these helpful tips to get rid of odors that could run buyers running!
Ensure your Air Ducts Are Cleaned Thoroughly
This is a great way to get rid of toxic fumes and stale air. Air ducts can be a home for fungi, mold, dirt, and bacteria. When you turn on your HVAC unit, these harmful substances can circulate and trigger allergic reactions.
Hire a professional to clean your air ducts and you’ll notice the difference. You’ll also spend less money on utilities as your heating and cooling system will work more efficiently. You’ll use the heater less in winter and the air conditioner less in summer.
To Get Rid of Odors: Empty Trash Cans and the Garbage Disposal
Ensure your kitchen isn’t the source of bad odors. A neglected garbage disposal can give off a bad smell. Lemons are great at getting rid of bad odors so drop some pieces in your garbage disposal. If the smell doesn’t go away, mix vinegar with cold water and pour the mixture in the disposal.
Clean your trash cans with hot soapy water to remove both smells and debris. Place fabric softener sheets and old newspapers in trash bags to absorb food juices and odors.
Homebuyers love a clean, fresh-smelling home – it makes them want to stay. There are lots of ways you can make your home smell great naturally, with things you have in your home.
Use natural scents like rosemary, lavender, or lilac. Essential oils can create different atmospheres in different rooms. You can use lemon essential oil in the kitchen and lavender essential oil in the bedroom. A fresh-smelling house looks cleaner and its scent can make home buyers feel calmer.
Steer Clear of Artificial Air Fresheners to Get Rid of Odors
Do not make the mistake of thinking that artificial air fresheners will do away with the bad odors in your home. They only mask smells and prevent people from smelling bad odors. They also contain dangerous chemicals that can worsen respiratory problems. What’s more, once an artificial fragrance fades away, the bad odor remains.
Most home buyers are wary of artificial air fresheners and will think you are trying to hide bad odors. Instead of spraying air fresheners, find the source of the odor and eliminate it. You can also ask someone you trust to go through your home and sniff it.
Every house has a certain smell. It’s a combination of things: pets, the people who live there, food, perfumes, and other things. Sometimes, the smell is really bad. The good news is you can get rid of bad odors. Make your house smell clean and do not pay attention to ads that say only artificial air fresheners will work.
Before you put your for-sale sign outside, use these helpful tips to ensure you don’t scare off potential buyers!
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