You'll feel right at home with me!: Don't let home odors chase buyers away?

Don't let home odors chase buyers away?

Home odors will turn buyers away. So your home has been listed for two months and you haven't had any offers. The price is right, its located in a great location, in a excellent school system so what gives?

Could it be that your home has an unpleasant Odor? Fact is that most home owners don't even realize that their home has an odor because they are use to living in the home. Your senses grow a custom to them. One of the best ways to sniff out the problem is to ask a person who doesn't live there.

Don't take it personal. Remember that buying and selling is all about marketing. We all have different likes and dislikes, tastes, etc. When you open the door to the public and invite them in it's all about the show. If your home doesn't look perfect and smell great the Buyers will turn around and run straight out the door without even going inside.                                       


So be sure to make that your home is odor free.


The most common odors are:


Cigarette smoking - "Go outside"

Cooking and food odors - "Open the windows when you cook"

Mold and Mildew

Pet odors


The best news is that all can be corrected with a little preparation and at little cost.


If you are thinking of selling be sure to address the below items to ensure you have an odor free home:


Add a fresh coat of neutral paint color

Clean and shampoo your carpets

Dry clean your drapes & furniture covers

Open the windows & allow unpleasant scents to circulate


Lastly, Pet odors require daily attention:                                                     


Clean out the dog crate and give your hairy friend a bath.

Keep the litter box clean

Remove the wee wee pads and wash the floors with hot water /white vinegar mixture

Bleach baths tiles, floors and any areas that you find Mildew/ Mold

Lite a scented candle and your all ready to go.


Good Luck Folks


JodiAnn Garone

Cell 732-221-9331



 33 West Main Street, Holmdel, NJ 07733
 Phone 732-444-6555 x 127  Fax 732-444-6646


Comment balloon 10 commentsJodiAnn Garone • November 17 2010 11:59PM


Great advice! A smelly house is a no selly house! Cats are the worst! Thanks!

Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Advantage Nampa, ID) almost 8 years ago

JodiAnn, Many times sellers aren't aware of the odors in their homes because they are so used to them.  Ask a friend to come over and to be honest.  Easy enough. 

Posted by Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. (Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Hi JodiAnn,

Such great advice for sellers! I actually walked into a house that I was personally interested in buying, and promptly left because the stench was SO bad. Thanks for the post!


Posted by Momentum Realty, Orange County CA Real Estate Agent (North Orange County CA Real Estate Specialists) almost 8 years ago



It's never easy to tell your clients that "there is an odor" in their house. I have found that it's all in how you present the issue to the client and how skilled one can be with words...

Posted by Patrick Schorle, Patrick Schorle (Pacifica Real Estate Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Give your clients a BIG container of Febreeze and tell them to spray it often!

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) almost 8 years ago

I had a listing where the odor was strange.  I arrived 30 minutes early to open windows and that got it sold.  I think it was the smell of the food they were cooking.  They coudln't smell it at all so even after I mentioned it they couldn't remember to open the windows.

Posted by Tni LeBlanc, Realtor®, J.D., Tenacious Tni (805) 878-9879 (Mint Properties, Lic. #01871795) almost 8 years ago

This is right on the  money - I think it is so hard to "smell" your own house, so it is really wise to ask a good friend, and  your listing agent both to be honest with you! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) almost 8 years ago

Hi JodiAnn, excellent advice for the seler to consider, thanks for sharing it.

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips) almost 8 years ago

An open window and circulating air can do wonders !

Posted by Ed Kurosz , Lic. Assoc. RE Broker, Douglas Elliman Real Estate Hamptons & North Fork (Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Westhampton Beach & Quogue) almost 8 years ago

Thanks Don & Don

Gina, Sorry that you had that experience..Why don't you print the post and drop it in the mail to those home

Patrick, I agree, the right verbiage is the key! 

Thank you Lisa, I have a dog and always ask my friends when they are over to tell me if they smell the dog. I am a super clean freak and that's the last thing I want...

Thanks Dan, I am glad you liked the post :)

Ed, It's also nice on a warm day to enjoy the breeze.

Posted by JodiAnn Garone, Bringing you Home! (Century 21 Action Plus Realty) almost 8 years ago