Does your listing smell like D-O-G? If so, it may be the reason it hasn’t sold.
I recently stopped into an Open House to check out a home that’s been on the market for nearly a year.
It has gone through numerous price reductions and at least 2 Realtors that I’m aware of. When I walked in the door, I was assaulted by an overpowering “sting” of chemical cover-up which, in my case, means an instant headache, watery eyes and a frantic urge to get out as fast as possible.
Not to mention the intense annoyance of having to breathe toxic air because someone is trying to hide s-t-i-n-k!! GACK!
What I discovered during my “tour” was a wall full of dog leashes, pet food bowls and a “turtle room” – an entire bedroom being used to house turtle aquariums and heat lamps. Hello? What part of getting a house ready to sell doesn’t this agent understand?
The “apple pie”candles, sickeningly sweet incense and “gag-me” air fresheners were obviously being used to try to cover up dog odor and pet stink.
My personal reaction? What else are they trying to hide?
Sadly, this house will probably still be on the market in a year from now.
What would I do? The first thing I’d do is tell the sellers the truth.
The dog odor and turtle room have to GO. No one is going to buy a bedroom they can’t see and no one is going to buy a house that smells like a kennel…unless the price is so compelling that they can afford to do what the sellers need to do:
1. Replace all carpet (steam cleaning actually brings the dog smell up to the surface and makes it more intense)
2. Have the duct work professionally cleaned and ozone treated
3. Clean all cupboards inside and out
4. Paint all wall surfaces
5. If tile is present, have it professionally cleaned
Moral of the story? Buyers want to see and smell clean. They don’t want to see a zoo or smell “Eau de dog cover-up.” Never try to disguise pet odor with chemical deodorizers. Give the house a bath and make sure it scrubs behind it’s ears!
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