Does Your Home Smell "Pet Ready" to Sell?

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Real Estate Broker with M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. BK629999

Bailey the BoxerSo many owners have pets today.  I recently read an article that said that over 75% of homeowners have some type of pet.  That means dogs and cats, guinea pigs and gerbils, turtles and fish, birds and snakes. 

Well, whatever type of pet you have...we can all agree that we all love our pets.  After all, they're part of the family, aren't they?

But, when it comes to selling your home, buyers don't want to be reminded about your sweet little furry critter. 

There is no bigger turn off when walking through the front door of a home than the "smell" of your pet. 

I have seen buyers turn on their heel and walk right back out if they even catch a hint of a smelly pet.

So, sellers, be very careful that your home is deoderized and ready to "smell" BEFORE that prospective buyer walks through the front door.

 ...Bailey the Boxer

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Rainmaker
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Brevard County FL Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.

Hi John, Good idea to have that information about smells in the preparing your home for sale section of your website.  I think that pet owners do get accustomed to smells in their home, and after a while they just don't realize that they're there anymore.  However, buyers immediately smell them when they pass through the front door. Have a great weekend!

September 25, 2008 08:50 AM
Rainmaker
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Angelia, It's funny that you said that the listing agent knew that the house would not sell because of 50!!!!!!!! birds and breeding dogs, and it didn't.  For me, I think I probably would not have taken the listing.  That one would seem to be an exercise in futility.

September 25, 2008 08:52 AM
Rainmaker
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Bob & Carolin,  It is a very difficult situation, especially when people are so emotionally attached to their animals.  Somehow they seem like they feel that it is a reflection on them if the house smells, but it really isn't.  It is just something that must be addressed before the home goes on the market!

September 25, 2008 08:54 AM
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Bonita Malone
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Cigarette smoke is another big turn off. Smokers are so used to the smell that they do not even know it's there. Getting out these odors can be a major task as well since they get into the walls and carpet.

October 01, 2008 09:07 PM
Rainmaker
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Hi Bonita, I agree.  I am allergic to cigarettes and the minute I walk into a home with smokers I feel it right away.  It can be a big turn off for many.  I recently got a rental house back from a tenant that had been with us of over 5 years.  We had to literally wipe the walls down with chlorine to get the yellow off of them from the cigarette smoke, before we could start painting.  Luckily there's no carpeting.  With a fresh coat of paint there's no lingering smells.  Thanks for the comment!

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