|White Glove Test|
As we live in our homes, we become used to their smells. However, a potential buyer walking into your home won't be and may balk at the odor. Here are some tips for removing odors.
- Tobacco Smoke. You will need to have the carpets shampooed or steam-cleaned as well as drapes. Walls will need to be washed - maybe several times. The ceiling may need to be painted if it has turned color. Wipe down all non-fabric type surfaces with a mixture of vinegar and water.
- Pet Smells. Again get the carpets steam-cleaned. You may have to do your upholstery also. Deep clean any corners or areas where your pet may sleep. Vacuum up pet hair from upholstery, and patch and repaint scratched doors.
- Mildew Odors. Mold and mildew grow in areas of moisture like bathrooms, basements and areas where you have any leaks. First, get the leaks fixed. Then if you have a damp basement, buy a dehumidifier. Clean areas with a solution of diluted chlorine bleach and let fully dry. Repaint if needed. Mildew remover can be used in bathrooms, and re-caulk or re-grout as needed.
- Cooking Odors. Try not to cook stinky foods before you receive potential buyers. These foods might include fish, garlic, cabbage, and curry. You may not want to cook any strong smelling foods until your home is sold. Tip: bake cookies or use some vanilla potpourri on the day of your showing to give a new pleasant aroma in the home.
Once you have cleaned up the home, make sure to open the windows and air it out. Remember when Mom called it "Spring Cleaning?" Let in plenty of fresh air to help freshen up your home and push out the smell of cleaners.