Bad odor can persuade potential home buyers from buying your house. Meet the Andersons. When the Andersons brought their Columbia Heights DC Condo,they were young DC Couple in their late 20s. After both of them graduated from Medical school,they decided now was the time to buy a house and start a family. So the young medical doctors who so happen to be newly weds decided to scrape up their money together and buy a house using the SUNTRUST DOCTOR LOAN PROGRAM IN WASHINGTON DC AND MARYLAND. Twelve years later and a four children,they have decided that the time to move up and buy a much bigger house to accompany the family.
Oh and I almost forgot the dog. Can't forget Sparky. Sparky is the family dog. He is definitely part of the family too. So meet with their DC Real Estate Agent who they found doing a search in the search engine since like many Columbia Heights DC Homeowners who are in the process of selling their house they first wanted to know HOW MUCH IS MY COLUMBIA HEIGHTS DC HOUSE WORTH?
Next day they meet with a DC Realtor. After the DC Realtor goes over his DC Real Estate Marketing Plan,he was able to convince the Andersons that he would be the best DC Real Estate Agent that will help them get their two bedroom,two bath Columbia Heights DC Condo house sold for top dollars so that they can buy a much bigger one.
Four days later after the Anderson's DC Real Estate Professional entered the listing into the MLS,he had a Washington DC Open House. The Open House had a great turnout. 40 people came to this Open House. People gave good reviews of this house. Everybody loved how it was staged,the price was right and it was in location with a very high 96 Walkscore. But they had one complaint about the house. But what was it? Bad odor. Many people said that if it wasn't for the bad odor,I would've had my real estate agent call you so that we can submit an offer on the house.
I understand many home owners have pets. Some home buyers have pets as well. But Bad odor can be a turnoff for even home buyers who might have pets. They don't want to smell that while they are touring a house that they are possibly thinking of buying. Also some home owners might be allergic to some animals and it will make them start coughing and sneezing.
So how do you get rid of the bad odor in a house? If you have animals keep them outside and/or in a cage only during the Open House. Some people don't feel comfortable viewing a house knowing that an animal is inside the house. That will definitely make them not interested in your house. Also open up the windows and let fresh air in (Only if the weather is nice). If it is cold outside,either bake some cookies so that the smell can penetrate throughout the house Or get those TruAir Plug Mount Odor Eliminator. Also clean out that cat litter or dog kennel thoroughly before the open house, and if you have carpet issues, try mixing one part vinegar and three parts water and rubbing out the smells. And found out that activated charcoal is another product that helps absorb all sorts of different pet odors.
So before you hold your Open House,make sure you eliminate the bad odor first so that you want elminate good ready,willing and able home buyers who would be interested in buying the house. After the Super Bowl Sunday,expect heavy traffic at Saturday and Sunday Open Houses since they will be no more football till August (Some people like preseason NFL football)Happy Selling.
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